There is no doubt that the author, Carol O'Connell, is well read and writes with a distinctive flair and with great ability. This is one of the reasons I gave a 3 star rating. However, I do wonder what she smokes just before she writes, as she certainly marches to a different drummer!
If you are looking for a suspenseful, entertaining book - this isn't it. From the get-go, everybody, including the cat, hates not only themselves, but everybody else. There is not one brief respite from this ongoing tirade of everybody hating everybody else. Each conversation is emotionally charged with venon.
This is not a murder mystery by any stretch of the imagination. It is about people with dark and hidden poison within their souls. All of them. But, as I said earlier, the redeeming grace is that the author writes well, even if there are times you want to eject the CD and throw it out the window.
I continued to listen to this book and with every CD I changed, I swore I'd not listen to the end. And yet, I did. Mallory, while I assume was the protagonist (ha!) in the story, was an awful person. The narrator, Alyssa Bresnahan, better not quit her day job. Her reading is awful. Everyone, man and woman alike, she lowered her voice and sounded like an animal, ready to jump out and attack you. I really had to get past her reading to try to keep with the story.
However, what I discovered beneath the heated and hateful conversations, the warped and messed up emotions, the twisted minds of all the players, was a love story. Really. The bottom line and the barely noticeable thread throughout the story, was a search for love. Here was a book I actually hated - and yet, I cried in the end. If you want to know why I cried, you'll just have to listen to the book - bad narrator and all.
Robin started out with a bang with his edge-of-the-seat medical mysteries. You would hold your breath waiting for the next moment. So I ask you, did he really write this book? It was worse than awful, it was horribly awful. Add to that a probably very nice, but awful narrator, and it is a waste of money. The narrator read as though he had just gotten out of bed and really didn't want to, and the story was so dull, it was all I could do to finish it. Cook throws in medical terms and explains them and I think he should have written a medical dictionary, rather than a book of fiction. Actually, it is sad that someone who started out with thrillers that were exceptional, should be reduced to struggling with plots that have no meaning. And as for the characters, why would anyone want to save a doctor who no one likes, including the author and the reader? My personal opinion is - don't waste your money.
This was an excellent book, well written and narrated by the master himself, Scott Brick. Entertaining, if not necessarily an "edge of the seat" book that rolled along in an enjoyable fashion.
The King of Lies was well written, well plotted, with a satisfying ending. The narrator was extremely good, giving a very good book an extra boost. I recommend it highly.
Well written and fast-paced if not just a little bit predictable. Author has a good sense of humor and it comes through with some fairly witty retorts and comments by its protagonist. Of great help to this book is the delightful insight and capability of Scott Brick the narrator, who lends just the right tone inflection to make this work.
Book is worth listening to. Good writing.
Well written, fast paced. Worth listening to. Would have liked a slightly different ending, but ultimately the author puts everything together well, drawing to a dramatic close.
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