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.
I;m an hour into this and the narrator is making me crazy. Why do all these narrators insist on a monotone for their delivery?? He is reading this as though it is a stockholders report. Good lord. I am not sure I can go on...
This is difficult for me to accurately judge. The story is a favorite of mine, and has been since it's original release. I have read the book several times. The audio part of it was good, not exceptional, I don't feel like the audio enhanced my perceptions of the story, but it was enjoyable. There are books I have listened to in audio, that I hadn't read first, which were a more enjoyable/satisfying experience.
Stu of course. And Frannie, though this narration makes her sound a bit like a twit. I like Stu's stoicism and resolve, how he is fragile but strong, and his character grows through out the story. I like that he gains confidence in himself, and their path, while retaining the ability to question his motives. Frannie, as read in the book, seems real, like someone I know, or perhaps even a part of me, as a daughter, a young adult and an impeding mother. I identified with her because most of her decisions are ones i think I would have made in the same circumstances. SPOILER Except I would have spoken up about Harold. The end of the world is no play to worry about hurting someones feelings.
I didn't like the performance. At most times it was only tolerable, others it was irritating. He delivered the majority of the narration is a strange monotone, only occasionally injecting some life into the words. His accents made all the men sound like "Oklahoma sod-busters" and the women like whiny and helpless, or hard. I found myself practicing lines out loud as I listened. The story is so rich and multilayered, it deserved an exceptional narrator, not mediocre one it received. Harsh, I know, but the truth in my opinion. If I hadn't known the story, I doubt I would have finished all 48 hours. That is looooong time to listen to a voice you do not enjoy.
No. And at 48 hours, it would have been impossible.
Mr. King... please make an effort to find better narrators for your work. I have listened to two books, one narrated by yourself and this one. On narration alone, I cannot recommend eithr, though you did a better job than Mr. Gardner.
Yes and no. Yes because it is a great concept, and parts of it are intriguing. No, because 25% of it could have been eliminated and the story would have been so much better for it; concise, a tighter plotline, more suspenseful. I don't need a detailed listing what she packed for her trip, or to hear, for the one-hundreth time, that the wayward lock of hair has fallen over her forehead.
The ending was good, a great set up for the next book. I was just beginning to enjoy the characters, and it ended.
She did a good job. Not really good, just good. Although now that i linger over the question, she did really well with the various accents. hmm. ok, i'm upping her stars to 4, she did a great job with the assorted voices and accents, and there were quite a lot of them.
The heroine of the story is kind of a twit. On one hand, she is brainy and determined, on the other she is completely willing to bury her head int he sand and play helpless female. Also, denial of the obvious is a strong characteristic of her personality. The hero (?) is over-protective, and dominating. There is really no explanation for their all consuming commitment to each other. It is not love at first site, but rather, after a couple chapters, the author decided they needed to be together and unreasonably devoted to each other, right now. A little hard to swallow. Not sure if I will go forward with the series.
Brian Cranston is superb. The book is a much better listen for his narration.
The story itself is good, a heart-felt attempt by the author to reconcile the effect of the war on the rest of his life. I feel petty giving it anything less than a stellar review, because it was a horrible war, and horrible circumstances, and the author participated in it and lived to come home and try to move past it's effects. BUt 3 is the best I can do. To me it has the feel of several long newspaper or magazine articles bundled together to form a book. Also, the author has a habit of repeating dialog, verbatim, several times. At first I thought it was a plot device, and it was effective. But hen he used it in the next chapter, and again... it became a distraction. Plus, becasue it was repeated verbatim, 4 or 5 times i will forever remember "his jaw was in his throat. his upper lip and teeth were gone. his one eye was shut, his other eye was a star shaped hole ..." for the rest of MY life. Excellent descriptive abilities.
Worth the listen.
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.
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