I've read all the Gabriel Alon novels and have enjoyed then thoroughly but this one just seemed a bit too formulaic thus predictable. I continue to be intrigued by the character so I look forward to more Gabriel Alon stories.
I bought this after I've already "read" Book 4 and 6 of the series. Parts related to Gemma and Villiers in this book was inconsistent with the latter story lines. Those flowed better. This one was sooooo dreary and irritating in parts I skipped most of it.
Angela Dawe is just not an appropriate narrator for the story. I found her voice strident and quite irritating - certainly wouldn't buy another audiobook narrated by her.
...It was really annoying have Strike do something again to wreck his right knee, damage his prosthesis, inflame his stump, etc. Totally implausible that with all the new trauma his disabled leg was subjected to that he was not sidelined in the hospital for stretches. I'm happy to suspend disbelief but this was too much. I understand stubborn but this was downright stupid for a supposedly rational mind. Please ease off on the accidents to his stump already or get him a more adjustable prosthesis!
....for me to check out the next book in the series. I like Galbraith's (Rowling's) approach to character development - I kind of like Cormoran Strike who seems to be a cross between those brooding Nordic dectectives and Harry Potter. :) Certainly enough to buy the next one.
One of the most boring books I've listened - skipped through most of to a really banal ending. Don't waste your time or credit.
I would not buy these on regular price - too pricey for a formulaic story. Put it on sale again and I may be persuaded to buy others in the series.
Far too many characters that cluttered the story development. And the characters - too depressing to be heroic. I was looking for a new series to follow but this is not the one. The sad, pathetic protagonist is just too lame to enjoy.
Having discovered Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, I'm now an avowed fan of Robert Crais. Wow!
This it the first Ian Ruthledge story I've listened to and found the story a bit annoying in parts - the repetitive introjections by "Hamish" was just too much at times. The detective seemed too befuddled to be effective in assessing each potential clue. Maybe more reflective of reality but a drag after a while. I'm giving it 3 stars for the narration of Simon Prebble who does a good job.
Among the most engaging autobiography I've listened to. Perfect combination of story, writing and narration. I did not stop listening to it from the time I started until the end. A truly exceptional perspective - most enjoyable. Well worth the time and money.
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