I was hesitant to tackle this one simply because of the hour count. What helps make the audible version enjoyable is the spot-on, flawless narration. This is an amazing, heavy and shocking book. It is not a perfect book. For example, the author claims to have written only facts, but there are opinions in it regarding why the nazis were able to rise to power. To me, that is opinion. Nonetheless, there were literally some parts of this book that I had to pause and take a mental break from because of the weight of this work. It is a breathtaking work.
Opinions on these books range. I liked the second book the best. This one didn't suck me in, but around the middle I started to like it more. Then it grew on me and I was satisfied. I burn through this author's audiobooks so easily. They read (or play, I should say) so easily. The writing is top-notch. Then, on top of that, you have Gerard Doyle's impeccable delivery on the narration. If I listen to more than three hours in one day, I start speaking in an irish accent the next day at work. No joke.
Here's my short story. I read all Sean Duffy 3-book series by this author first. Took a break. Read the first of the Michael Forsythe books (Dead I may well be), and thought it was just ok. I didn't think I was going to continue with the series. But, I decided to give this second book in the forsythe series a go and I'm glad I did. This is the best book I've read by this author yet. I really thought this was a superb book and superb narration. If there were a hundred books by this author and narrator combo, I'd buy every single one of them!
I feel like this book would fare better with Italian readers who might appreciate a more existential way of writing. I am all for existentialism, but not when it applies to a crime novel. You literally go half way into this book before you even understand what is going on with the man convicted of the crime, so its hard to care about the crime part of it. The rest is the narrator's marriage and random things about his life. I just don't feel like its a good mix. A crime novel succeeds for me when it is more plot driven, with the characters secondary. I'm an American though. I just felt like he wanted to write like Camus and Raymond Chandler at the same time. Before attempting this author, search Mediterranean Noir on Wikipedia to get a grasp for what this book is like. Aside from my qualms with the book itself, narration was great.
I went into this book blind. I found it very slow for most of the book and the narrator has some awkward pauses and mouth noises throughout. I would knock out a few hours, forget about the book for a while. Come back to it a week or two later, get a little further. Then I hit a point where it got very good. The writing is superb. Highly talented. Narration could use improving but overall this is a great audiobook and unfortunately I will probably buying everything else this writer has written as a result.
I got into McKinty with the Duffy series, which moved a lot quicker for me and I like better than the Forsythe books. Honestly, I went four hours with this book, not really connecting with it. Then it got better. The descriptions of New York are awesome. The narration on this is perfect as in all the other books. If you are first breaking into McKinty, ready Cold Cold Ground first (The trouble trilogy).
This was unavailable in audio for many years. I am happy to see they've finally released it. I've read four Murakami novels and most of the short story collections. I don't think this book is as popular as 'Wind up Bird' and some of the others, but in my own opinion this is his best work. Wind Up Bird and Kafka are paced very slow with chapters and chapters of stuff that is intereting to read, but overall does not contribute to the story. This book is slim, to the point. Wistful romance of the only-child. It is very haunting without trying too hard. I've read the other Murakami novels once, but this book I've read at least five times. I am surprised it is not as popular as his other books. If you already like Murakami, I think you will like this. If you're new to Murakami, I can't think of a better novel to start with.
I loved the first two books of the series. Like many other reviewers have written, I had never heard of this author before "Speaks the Nightbird." Leave it up to audible to ensnare people with their first-of-a-series sales aka 'gateway drug.' I almost went ahead and bought all four available Corbett novels. Glad I didn't. I literally burned through the first two books. The writing, pacing and characterization was top-notch. You felt like you were in the passenger seat and the author was sprawling a great journey before you. This third book, however, is completely the opposite. It is well-written, but lacks heart. It starts off intriguing enough, but then goes into this deal with Mr. Slaughter which is neither thrilling or interesting. Mr. Slaughter reminds me a lot of Heath Ledger in the second batman film, where he tries sooo hard to be soooo crazy and wicked that its just kind of ridiculous. I kept pressing myself to listen to this book, but it shouldn't be that much work. I gave up a few hours shy of the end because, well, I could not force myself to care anymore. I am debating whether or not to even read the fourth book in the series. And the strangest thing off all is that Mr. Corbett has made some decisions in this book that make him really unappealing as a main character as a series. The pacing in this book also suffers, whereas it was almost perfect in the other books. I don't know what threw me off with this one, but it didn't 'feel' like the other books. It bored me.
This is a great conclusion to this 3 book series. I downloaded, called out sick at work, and finished it within 24 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Aside from the writing and pace being highly-skilled, the narration is truly what makes this a gem.
I am a layman who understood maybe 1/10 of the technical stuff in this book at best, yet I still enjoyed it. I was overwhelmingly impressed by the mechanics of the story, how each problem the protagonist faced on mars got solved. initially, I thought the frequent curse words detracted from the story, but it fits the character and the situation. If you're writing a journal and you think you're going to die, you're not going to say 'darn.' Aside from the story being quite outstanding, the narration is flawless.
I'm so thrilled that Audible finally has Bukowski. Dreams DO come true. Now, they just need to put about 20 more of his books on here. Where is "Love is a Dog From Hell?"
Anyway... about Women. I think you have to already be a fan of Bukowski to enjoy this. It's typical of his work. Entertaining romps around California with booze and women. This would be a better book if it was half as long. Ironically, the book itself feels like some of the passages where Bukowski is having marathon episodes with some of these women and can't...um finish. I like the book because I already like Bukowski. But if you're breaking into him, start with Hot Water Music or Ham on Rye please.
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