Selbyville, DE, United States | Member Since 2005
I found the extensive, detailed, repeated sadomasochistic content to be repulsive and abhorrent. To make matters worse, it had virtually nothing to do with the plot or story line. Each time I came to one of those passages I would skip ahead, only to find another such episode a few minutes later. This was a real shock, since I enjoyed "Hit Man" and "Hit Parade" by the same author. I'm not put off by violence, not even by gory descriptions of blood and guts, but body piercing and elaborate descriptions of sexual sadomasochism were way too much for me. Not even the superb narration by George Guidell could save this experience. If you decide to ignore this warning and buy the book anyhow, I would strongly suggest you listen to it on an empty stomach, and certainly not in your car. You may not be able to pull over quickly enough.
Block is exceptionally able to weave a great story. I enjoy his work when he includes only the elements relevant to the story line or to flesh out the principal characters. The gratuitous sadomasochistic sex and body piercing didn't lend anything and I found them a real turn-off.
Disgust, revulsion, nausea.
I think I've said enough.
Hard for me to be specific, but I couldn't get into this one. Really nothing to dislike, but nothing to excite interest, either. It just seemed to plod on and on, until I lost interest and gave up on it.
Sometimes a really good narrator can make a weak story more listenable, and sometimes a terrible narrator can make an awful book even worse. Unfortunately, the latter is the case with this book. I have enjoyed Patterson's book for years in the past. It is indeed sad to see his work come to this.
The author caught the tone of Parker, but the "love story" element was overdone. Earlier Parker books confined Stone's attachments to more brief coverage. The narration by James Naughton was great, as ever, and made it easier to "hear" Patterson through Patterson's voice, even though Coleman was at the keyboard.
Usually I enjoy the first book in a series more than the subsequent releases. I'm not sure why, nor do I know if others find it so. This is not the case with The Silkworm, the second book in this Strike series. In fact, I find this book a little more polished, the characters more sharply defined, and the conclusion superb. When there is a broad family of players in the story, it can be a bit confusing to recall who did what to whom in earlier chapters -- what parts each character plays in the plot. I appreciate conclusions that summarize and bring everything to the forefront. Like the first in the series, I found this remarkably entertaining and enjoyable.
I usually don't care for "damaged" protagonists. They often present themselves as weak, burdened, struggling, and inept. I find it hard to identify with those traits. Fortunately, that's not the case with Galbraith's hero, Cormoran Strike. His handicap contributes more than it detracts from his attractiveness. Plot is great. Characters are sufficiently unique to be identifiable without being bizarre. All in all, a really entertaining and enjoyable book.
The sample audio sounds okay -- too fast and not enough variation in pace, but okay. The vocalization of the detective's sidekick in squeaking falsetto is about as pleasant to hear as fingernails on a slate blackboard. This may or may not be a readable book. The plot may be okay. I don't know. But this audio performance it truly terrible.
I can't identify a single, admirable character in the entire cast. Everyone was flawed, and most, fatally. Yet the author takes the reader into their lives so deftly, I was enthralled. Felt a bit like the proverbially bird watching a snake. Narrator Tom Hollander did a superb job, especially with the voicing of different characters. So much so, that I will search his name for other books he has narrated. Following a narrator, rather than only the author, is something I rarely do. All in all, a very, very good book, but if you're looking for something cheery and uplifting, do pass on this one.
A somewhat convoluted plot with multiple agents and motives, mixing murder charges with terrorist plots make for a strange, but not entirely distasteful stew. Guidall, with his remarkable facility for portraying multiple characters with distinct voices, made it fairly easy to recognize who is speaking and acting. With a less talented narrator, the listening experience would have been terribly confusing and unrewarding. If you enjoy plots pitting inept government agencies agains mad terrorists and heroic individuals, alike, you'll enjoy this book; however, if you're looking for an intriguing legal thriller, perhaps you should turn to an earlier Steve Martini.
Eisler is as good a narrator as he is an author. I found the plot as intriguing as those of the John Rain series. Be prepared for some X-rated sexual descriptions. Not the kind of thing you'd want to share with Mom or Junior. I would have given it 5 stars, save for the blatant set-up for a sequel and the resulting, rather inconclusive ending. All in all, though, a fun audit if you don't mind some vivid descriptions of violence.
The plot, characters, and dialog were about as realistic as a B-grade video game. McLarty is an okay narrator, but Cassidy has an elderly woman's voice that doesn't work for a thirtysomething character. This book, or at least the start of it, the only part I was able to abide, is markedly inferior to Baldacci's earlier writing; so much so, that I wondered if it was his in name only. If a gaost writer, he or she isn't nearly as talented as the young Baldicci.
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