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My husband and I listened to this book during a trip this past weekend and loved it. Even though we were excited about our trip, we hated to leave the car because it meant we had to pause in our listening to this wonderful audio book. It was our first book by Robert Crais, but he has been added to our list of favorite authors. The dog, Maggie, and the K-9 policeman,Scott, were great characters. I hope Crais chooses to develop more stories around these characters.
I particularly enjoyed learning about the training of Military and Police K-9 dogs. You will admire the effort and sacrifice that is involved. Also, the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, did an excellent job. My only criticism is that it was easy to figure out the mystery,but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
I have several friends I can't wait to recommend this great story.
I love Scott Turow's books. I could not wait for this new book to come out and bought it the night before I left on a trip. Yet, this book just didn't grab me at the beginning or get any better. While the writing is superb, the plot was somewhat silly. I figured out the simplistic story early on and wasn't at all satisfied when I was correct. I just wanted this book to be better.
Where were the courtroom scenes? How about one character I wanted to hear more about? I will look forward to Mr. Turow's next book because he is allowed one less than good book since all his other books are so great.
This book was fun from the first chapter. Detective Cormoran Strike and his temporary secretary, Robin, are well developed with back stories that support how they act and think throughout the story. The mystery is interesting as the police have closed the case as a supermodel's suicide. Could it have been murder as her brother believes? The twists and clues will have you guessing until the end. I loved the story.
As you learn more about the "unlucky" Cormoran, you will find he is a reluctant British war hero with one leg. His parents provided little guidance or assistance, yet he has strong morals and values. I would buy any audio book that includes this wonderful character in the future.
Mysteries don't always have satisfactory endings. The ending to this mystery surprised me, but all the clues were there for me to figure it out myself. I was so satisfied with how the story ended for several of the characters. I am still smiling when I think back over this audio book. I hope J K. Rowling will continue with a series -- I would look forward to any book with Cormoran and Robin.
The narrator, Robert Glenister, did a fantastic job. His performance caused me to get so involved in listening that I had two occasions where I stayed on the train past my work stop. Mr. Glenister presented each character with a unique voice and many different British accents. I felt like it was a performance more than a narration. He kept the interest high even when some of the scenes got a little long and wordy. I wish there was a higher rating I could give to the narration of this book.
Have you ever been on a roll where you have listened to several wonderful books in a row, and you begin to believe that your luck of choosing the next great read won't end. I have been in book heaven this past several weeks only to have the "Law of Averages" hit me with this choice.
This was not the book for me. Yet, I completely understand why there is a large audience for this book with lots of ecstatic reviews from many credible sources.
PROs: The book is very well written by Lauren Beukes. The mood was ominous from the start. Kudos to the narrators -- they did a very good job.
-- The time travel was very interesting and not real hard to follow even though I normally like my books to have a higher than average believability ratio.
CONs: If you like your violent scenes described only to the point that the reader understands what happened, you will find these murders against women (torture really) hard to listen. The goriness is provided in the most graphic detail. I read lots of violent books, but the creepiness and gruesomeness of these murders were way beyond my tolerance level.
-- The killer's character was much more developed than the last remaining girl, Kirby. Kirby, whom I wanted to like, was so sarcastic in all her interactions that I began to dread her time on the page. The killer is described as charming, but all his interactions with people, especially the "shining girls", was not charming at all -- just very creepy.
I just could not get past the 5th hour of the book. For the audience this book was intended, I do think you should read some reviews by people who finished the book and were delighted with the experience. This might be a book that you will enjoy.
I have enjoyed several books by Steve Martin. I don't know why that would be surprising as he has a strong talent across so many genres. I enjoy Martin's comedy and banjo playing, too.
This book is more of a very interesting history lesson of the contemporary art scene in NYC between 1990's - to current day. The ups and downs of the art scene are fast and thrilling. However, if you are looking for story with a strong plot, this audio book may be disappointing to you -- I think it is more a morality tale. The story is told in the third person by a character that could be "Martin-like". I understand that Martin has been an art collector in the past and knows this subject very well.
The story revolves around Lacey Yeager and how she started as a lowly, but ambitious, Sotheby's employee to owning her own contemporary art gallery. The story is further enhanced by making "life in NYC" a part of the story. It is easy to dislike Lacey from the very beginning, but the narrator makes up for it as he is very likeable. The narrator gets involved in a mysterious event with Lacey that creates some suspense. In addition, there are lots of interesting characters and events throughout the story.
It is the education of the art world that captivated me about this book. It has only caused me to be more interested in learning more about the art world. Often, the book brought up "What makes art good?" I think that only makes art even more interesting to understand. Bravo to Steve Martin on a job well done.
To me, a great mystery series must have more than a whodunit. I need a good setting, plot, and characters. Craig Johnson is a wonderful writer that brings it all to this series with lots of wit and wisdom thrown in. I love Walt Longmire -- and Henry Standing Bear -- and Cady, Vic, Ruby, the Ferg and even the newest characters, Santiago "Sancho" Saizarbitoria and "Dog".
Just to give you an idea of why I love these characters:
1) Walt, a Vietnam veteran, graduated with an English Literature degree. You are surprised and thrilled to hear him sprouting Shakespeare throughout the story. He is a very capable Sheriff, equally tough and kind.
2) Henry, a Native American friend of Walt's from boyhood, is a former Vietnam Special Forces soldier. He speaks many Native American languages and has an education in Classical English. He owns the local bar and knows everyone. Henry says the most with the least amount of words.
3) Vic is Deputy Sheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti with a Master's in Law Enforcement from PA. She is very competent, but constantly complaining with her favorite four letter "f" word.
4) Santiago is the newly hired deputy with a specialty in languages. He is fearless and well educated, but has much to learn from Longmire.
The story, set in the least populated county of Wyoming, involves mineral rights, Basque heritage and the previous Sheriff Lucien Connally. It was loaded with lots of suspicious people, motives and intense scenes. I was completely surprised at the final solution.
George Guidall did his usual fantastic job with every voice, accent and phrase. I loved everything about this story.
I am noticing that more and more mysteries seem to go with the "cold case" instead of current crime story. I find that most cold cases are enjoyable, as long as you realize that most of the action will be at the end of the book instead of a steady pacing of it throughout the book. That doesn't mean that "cold cases" are boring and slow, just different. In fact, the writer has to be so much more clever in offering clues that are found many years after the crime.
For this story, the clues are offered as a scavenger hunt made possible with matching the found relics at crime sites with internet searches. I enjoyed the race around France finding the next set of bones and clues as I enjoyed the actual mystery story. The only reason I rated the story 4 stars is that the final motive is less than satisfying.
The detective, Enzo Macleod, is actually a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France instead of pursuing a career in forensics in his Scottish homeland. Peter May did an excellent job of building Enzo's character throughout the book. However, Simon Vance was a master of bringing Enzo and all the other wonderful characters to life. How does Simon Vance do such distinctly different voices and accents for each character without a single glitch? Simon Vance even voices women so well without the high falsetto voice that so many other narrators do. Simon Vance kept my interest up as much as Peter May did for this audio book. Thanks for a fun experience with this audio book.
If you enjoy thrillers and detective stories, but require realism -- DO NOT read any of the Jack Reacher series. If you want a fun experience that may require accepting lots of coincidence and unlikely, over-the-top scenes, Lee Child will be your new favorite author.
Whenever my husband and I go on a long road trip, our first choice is always a Jack Reacher audio-book. We have never been disappointed. Most times, including with this book, we can't wait to get back into the car for more listening of the great stories that Jack Reacher finds himself.
Reacher is an ex-soldier / military police, giant hulk of a man, traveling around the country with only a toothbrush in his pocket as possessions. After he travels several days, he buys cheap clothing and discards the old stuff. No luggage required.
You would think Reacher could easily stay out of trouble, but every new place he visits requires his special skills to save the day. This is not normally my favorite type of story, but I have loved every one of these books. I have listened to every book and this was my second time with "Killing Floor". I have loved every minute of them and hope Reacher is around whenever trouble comes.
Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
When an author can take a few loose threads of a plot and bring them all together in a very full story, I find myself in book heaven. I honestly wasn't expecting that much when I started this book. What could be riveting about one day in the life of a deputy ambassador's wife in Paris preparing a dinner party that evening? Yet, the story builds and builds until you are hooked and can't stop listening.
For a story of this type, characters matter. Anne Korkeakivi delivered with very believable but interesting people.
If you are a fan of the classic novels "Mrs. Dalloway" or "The Hours", you will find this book very comparable. The main difference, and NO spoilers here, but the ending is fantastic. I loved it and felt great when I finished the book.
I enjoy Camilla Lackberg's writing a great deal. She reminds me of a Swedish Kate Atkinson ("Case Histories") with the well developed characters, witty dialog, domestic back-stories that combine with an intriguing mystery. It is so hard to believe that this is only Lackberg's second book. At her young age, she is so accomplished with good story telling and pacing for a mystery. I was hooked from the first listen.
The story starts out with a young boy finding a young woman's cadaver -- with 2 older skeletons underneath the body. All are connected with more to come. I will be honest that the mystery, while intriguing, was not as riveting as the first book. But can you blame anyone on expecting the same when the first book in a mystery series is excellent. Everything she writes will now be compared to "The Ice Princess". I am so pleased that Erica and Patrick continue in the series. I loved every scene with both of them.
The narrator seems a strange choice for these books. I am learning to like him, but it seems like a very English proper voice with strange interpretations of how many of the other characters sound.
Looking forward to listening to book # 3 sometime in the near future.
The title was what got me to choose this audio book. This time period and setting is one of my favorite reading subjects. I found the day to day description of living in the 1930-40s in England,and working for Mr.Churchill, to be the most interesting part of the story. It has been about a month since I finished the audio book and while I can remember the hardships and fear of the English people, I can hardly recall the mystery at all.
There is a good back-story that includes the Irish conflict during this time period. The main character was bland to me, but likable.
Would I read another book by this author? Maybe.
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