I have read 5 or 6 of the Reacher books, and they have always seemed moderately plausible. This one, however, was ridiculously implausible after the first chapter. The base plotline was good, but everything else just seemed outrageous. I am not especially fond of the narrator either. His delivery is a bit staccato and I don't care for his voice. I think it can be a toss up when you go from reading the books, to then listenign to them. You already have your own internal pacing and impressions, and the narrator doesn't usually mimic that. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, honestly, even if I had read it instead of listen to it. 61 hours, so much better. And why call it Persuader?
nope. not even from other Reacher books.
Staccato. Harsh. Cocky.
irritation and disappointment
this series is very good, but not this book. give another reacher novel a try.
If I had any knowledge of boating, or boat parts or how sailing works, I might have enjoyed this book. There is a plethora of exquisitely detailed descriptions of boats, and the demanding business of sailing and outfitting them. But since I do not, long parts of it were totally un-engaging. This book is written by someone who seriously knows their boating, or researched it to the point of insanity. Unfortunately, it is written as though every reader has the same depth of knowledge, with no even minimally helpful explanations. There is one passage, about a monster ship navigating a narrow seaway, that could have been moderately gripping, but was not because of the technical language. I buy these books to help me stay awake on long drives, not to be put to sleep =)
I didn't care for it much even past the technical language. The main character is strangely unsympathetic, esp considering what he has been through. A couple of the side characters become interesting, but are soon left behind. The circumstances are all just a little too pat, and a couple twists are so bizarre and out of left field, i had trouble wrapping my brain around them.
so, to summarize: if you really like sailing and boats, then go for it. if not, perhaps skip.
amidst all the glowing praise for this audio book is one written by a reviewer named Sarah. her description fits my experience almost perfectly. i have to say that I didn't enjoy the subject matter as much as she did, partially due to the "herky jerky" aspect of mr bryson's narration. while a brilliant writer, mr brysons speaking voice is strangely lulling. I found myself mentally wandering away from the story often, and struggling with the odd emphasis' and cadence of his speech.
to soften this review, I have to say that "A Walk In The Woods" is one of my favorite books, ever, and I have read, and enjoyed, most of his other books. this is the first audiobook of his work that I have attempted to listen to.
If you have read any of his other books, you know that they are not light-hearted romps thru the clover. However. It has been years since I read A thousand splendid suns and kite runner, but i do not remember feeling so down when i finished them.
The language is exquisite, as are his other novels. Unfortunately the narration detracts from the beauty and impact of the words. There are three narrators who voice different parts of the collection. Mr Hosseini himself does a good job, and I must admit it is a breath of fresh air to hear the native pronunciations of the places and names, really the best part of the narration. Ms. Aghdashloo has such a distinctive, smokey voice, it is always a pleasure to listen to. Mr. Negahban's english is exceptional, but I had trouble understanding his narration, rewinding several times. This is my own personal opinion, and not a condemnation of Mr. Nagahban. After all, I speak no second language so have no idea how difficult it must be to master one.
All that being said, it is a wonderfully written book, and I am not disappointed in haivng read/listened to it. Nabi's letter, in particular, I enjoyed very much. The opening storyline, also, was excellent. It is a vivid portrayal of choices and consequences, luck,perseverance, good and bad deeds and finally, human nature. Worth the credit, for sure.
I realize I am bucking the trend of love letters for this book. I couldn't finish it. I listened for a hour or so, as far as the chapter where the grandfather (?) speaks about losing his speech, a single word at a time...as though it is a medical condition. The boy is just annoying. His superiority, his distain for his mother, his grandiose speech and inventions. I had zero desire to continue.
The narration is excellent, though.
the authors age shows in this installment.
There are some missteps in the storyline, characters addressed by the wrong name, circumstances recounted incorrectly, that are jarring, but minor. More the fault of the editor than the author.
Her vocabulary is stilted and she uses the same sets of words and phrases over and over. It is hard to ignore. Tris' behavior is so erratic, swinging from self assurance and bad-assery in one moment to being incapacitated with visions and regret in another, that you feel as though you have whiplash. or at least i did. there have been several points that I have thought "what?" and rewound to make sure I heard correctly.
The relationships are fraught with the kind of emotional stuntedness, imagined slights and miscommunications that I remember from my high school years. I am about a third of the way thru and don't know if I can make it thru the entire thing. Perhaps, if i were 17 instead of 47, it would be easier to overlook the flaws.
I think the storyline is a good one, but the author could have used some assistance from her editor in structure and continuity.
and again, as I did in my review of the first book, i have to chastise the narrator. She is a major detraction from the book. her cadence is off, and she mistakes commas for periods continually. Her pronunciation is poor (eavesdrop sounds like ease drop). and she just seems pissed about it all.
I'm going to buy the book, and finish it by reading. I think the mistakes will b e less noticible while reading, and I won't be subject to the narrator.
I found the audio on this book to be strangely poor. After reading some of the other reviews, it appears that this book was the first done on audio, so that would explain why it seemed the previously flawless Ms. Parker had trouble remembering her accents, while sounding a tad bored with the whole thing.
While not my fave of the series, this book moves the storyline along nicely. I wish Alcede wasn't turning out to be such a tool, but I do very much like the introduction of Quinn (which is the main reason behind the 4th star) This book feels like a "bridge" book, used mainly to get from the previous book to the next one. If you like the characters and the story line, then it is absolutely worth it, but there are no major developments.
Meh. I've sat here for 3 minutes trying to figure out how to word this review, and MEH is what I have come up with. The last couple books have been lacking. Almost as though a ghost writer is producing them. This one is no different. It starts out well, but immediately after the bombing, it looses steam, and turns into a recitation of Sookie's daily minutia. The conflict between her and Eric is just irritating, with his announcement about the upcoming nuptials just being abrupt and weird. I have a feeling that the author is leading us to a Sookie/Sam combo, which would be nice, but why go to all the trouble with the Sookie/Eric combo and then just toss it away? of course, she did do a big built up with Quinn, then vanished him in a heartbeat with a lame excuse.
The story line of killing Victor is an excellent one, but it is dropped as well, almost as though it doesn't exist. And where is Pam? why is she so absent? and why has Alcede turned into such a male-chauvenist tool? It' just bizarre, the direction this is taking. I don't know that I will finish the series. Very unsatisfying.
I enjoyed the listen, overall. much of what I didn't care for was accounted for when I heard "thank you for listeniing... Harper Childrens Books" after listening. Once i realized it was intended for the young adult audience it made sense. There is quite a bit of the angsty introspection that goes on when yo are a teen or young adult, but it is not too overwhelming. An enjoyable listen, especially once you get a third of the way in. There were several parts where I was completely engrossed, and others that my mind wandered. The author is young, and has a ton of potential. I will be very interested to see what she is putting out in 10 years, when she has a bit more life experience under her belt.
My biggest issue is the narrator. Really didn't care for her. I feel her interpretation of how the words should be delivered was off in many instances. Dialogue that was teasing was delivered in a serious tone, commas were delivered as full-stop periods, and it was very difficult to differentiate between spoken dialogue and thoughts when the text goes back and forth. The majority of Tris's mental dialogue is delivered in a strange monotone half-lisp. I would be extremely reluctant to listen to another book narrated by this person. on the plus side, she did a good job with different voices for the different characters.
I will listen to the following book, because I am curious about what happens next. I hope there will be more exploration of the other Factions, and some sort of explanation of how society arrived at this solution. And and answer as to what Dauntless is in fact supposed to be protecting everyone else from.
I'll be honest, I haven't finished this yet. I can only listen for about 30 minutes at a time once or twice a week. I don't know if the story was actually written in the dark ages or if it is a plot device, but this is absolutely written in man's-man tone. It oozes flinty stares and cigar smoke and tough guys and gum-shoe detecting and dames. There is quite a bit of ethnic profiling and subtext. The characters are fairly stereotypical and the women are mostly delivered in the same tone. They are either "gosh golly, Trav..." kinda gals, cynical ice-maiden harridens or trusty side-kick dames.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with this type of writing, I am just finding it hard going and a distraction from the storyline. i might try something more current by this author.
reviews for this book are all over the place, so I thought i would throw in my two cents. Yes, this book is more violent, sometimes disturbingly so. I was a bit alarmed, and really very sad in one instance, at the wholesale slaughter of characters. some needed it, others, not so much.
sookie is certainly more grim in this installment. she is on solid footing with Eric, and manages to extract some of his backstory, which I enjoyed hearing. her antipathy towards bill is lessened slightly, but only slightly. she is trying to recapture her basically good outlook, but is having some trouble coping with the survivors guilt from the pyramid of giza explosion. i think that is to be expected, and a normal progression for the character. not a fault of the author, as some reviewers have it.
I will agree with the comment about the fairy war needing a book of its own. it is a huge event, with a ton of backstory that gets shoehorned in between some other events. personally, i'm not a fan of the entire great-grandfather/fairy war plot line. i feel the reveal of sookies fairy-ness could have been just left at that for some time. the war is totally uninteresting to me, though it involves most of the brutality in this book.
The plot devise of sookie being saved by drinking eric's blood, is getting old. she has done it for the past two or three books, and it lacks impact now. it just has the feel of a tried and true device that is wearing thin.
liked the book. will continue to read, but would really like to see things tightened up a bit. a little more sam, too, please.
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