A great forensic murder mystery novel. The book moves at a good pace and never loses my interest. I enjoy these types of books and have listened to a couple of his other books. I hope the other "Bone Yard" books are just as good.
Narrator, Tom Stechschulte, does an excellent job.
I listened to the abridged version of this book and enjoyed it so much that I decided to get the unabridged. It's a good story and is the type of book that I tend to look for. It's set in 1897, and is a refreshing step back in time when detecting was difficult and proving a crime even more so.
Read the book description to get an idea of the story. There are so many characters, that it's difficult for me to pick a favorite one. They're all important to the story.
Caleb Carr's characters are well developed and that is a big reason why I like this book. A flaw in my character maybe, but I have to like the main characters otherwise I find it difficult to spend time with them as the story is told. The main characters have idiosyncracies and flaws, but likable all the same.
The story is, at times, a bit plodding, as Carr takes you through the process of developing proof and collecting evidence which was difficult at best during that time. You eventually find that Carr's development of the story builds up to interesting events in the book, so stick with it if it gets a bit ponderous at times.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator, and I've listened to many books he's narrated. I listened to the abridged version of this book first, narrated by Boyd Gaines, and found that I preferred Gaines' version. Gaines did the accents and tones of the characters which made their personalities stand out a bit more. He is hard to top for this book.
If Carr ever writes another book like this one or The Alienist, I'd get it without hesitation. Highly recommend.
The book is sooo much better than the movie, don't know why they changed the story so drastically. I have listened to the abridged audiobook and got this one to see what was missing. The answer is quite a bit. Some interesting sections were omitted from the abridged, but also the wordy explanations of dinosaurs, theories on evolution and I could go on. These tend to be the sections I skim through so I certainly didn't miss the theorizing in the abridged.
Scott Brick is a very good narrator, but I have to say, Anthony Heald was superb in the abridged, so Scott falls a bit short, but as my headline indicates, still very enjoyable.
I just discovered JD Robb's "In Death" series of books not long ago. I'm in book hog heaven! I started with book one and am working my way up the list. As soon as I finish one I move on to the next.
I love the characters. A good plot will fall flat if you don't like the main characters. All of Robb's characters are fleshed out, warts and all.
Susan Ericksen is irreplaceable as the narrator. She does an excellent job.
I highly recommend all of the "In Death" books for a great whodunnit escape in fantasy.
I was looking for a new book and J.D. Robb's most recent In Death book was listed. I read some of the reviews and the raves sucked me in. One of the reviews suggested starting with the first book, even though it wasn't as good as those that followed. I beg to differ. The first book was awesome and the reader, Susan Ericksen, is outstanding.
Recommend this book to anyone.
The book was filled with really good characters, but in this one, the main character, Eve Dallas was the most interesting. Great getting to know her.
Wanted to, but had to stop to get some sleep.
The story was pretty good.
A good detective novel. The least is that I didn't think I was buying a detective novel.
A good performance doesn't make you think you are listening to a performance. She did a good job.
Don't make a film of this book.
What has hooked me in the past about the Tempe Brennan novels is the fact that she's a forensic anthropologist. Not a detective. I loved Tempe's reviewing of the body, it's location, what she discovers. Kathy Reichs sometimes got a bit too detailed, but basically, it's Tempe's job that interested me. In this book, there's very little of her forensic anthropologist part of her life. She seems to have forgotten exactly what she does for a living. In this book, she mostly plays detective alongside a bumbling, painfully difficult to get in touch with homicide detective.
A previous review made mention of the fact that Tempe can be something of a snob, and I have to agree. Anyone less education and intelligent than herself seems to cause Tempe to look down her nose at those in more menial occupations or life situations.I listened to this on Audible and was wondering, did we ever find out what happened with her cat? Maybe I missed it.
I have loved the Tempe Brennan books and will probably give it one more shot. I hope Reichs goes back to what made these books popular.
I enjoy David Aaron Baker's reading of the Odd Thomas series. He's great.
I've listened to all of the Odd Thomas audiobooks. His reading is flawless.
Edie. She's a character with mystical talents, she's interesting and young at heart.
I agree with other reviews. This book was better than the last two Odd books. I also agree that Dean Koontz spreads his philosophy a bit much in this one. A little goes a long way. AnnaMarie is a mystery that has gone on too long. Will the poor woman never have that baby and what is that all about. I was pleased at the hint that Odd will go back to his roots in the next book (possibly). I miss all the characters that live in Pico Mundo. Even with that, the story was good, with a satisfying ending.
I just love Odd Thomas. Some of the stories really stretch your imagination, but that's Odd Thomas' world. He sees the dead. Now, he's meets a mysterious young woman, Anna Maria, who is, it seems, more than she appears to be. What she is, we're not sure yet. While some may find the lack of information on her frustrating, that's just one of the things I love about Odd Thomas stories. I have confidence we will eventually know all about her.
This book deals with some mysterious goings on with the town people. Odd is almost immediately plunged into danger and in the thick of it. We meet some kind people who assist Odd along the way and who touch us almost as much as they touch Odd.
The other great thing about the Odd Thomas audio books is David Aaron Baker's reading of the story. He embodies Odd Thomas and, for me at least, no one else will do.
Hutch Hutherson is one of the characters in Odd's life right now. He's Odd's employer, a character in his own right, who ultimately sees Odd as the son he never had. Loved Hutch.
He is Odd Thomas. He sounds befuddled when Odd is, amused, alarmed just the way you see Odd Thomas reacting. Excellent reader.
I was unfamiliar with the author but the short synopsis of the book sounded good. I started listening to it and in no time was hooked. What makes the book great is the story and characters. Well written.
It's an unusual story. Where he came up with this idea is beyond me, but it was fantastic.
This is the first time I've heard Ray Porter. He was amazing. One of those readers who you can tell by his voice who is speaking before the text tells you. I'll be looking for more work done by Mr. Porter.
It was a suspenseful book with surprising events making you want to listen a little more and then a little more before I went to bed.
I was between books and was looking for something that would be mildly entertaining. I noticed that these series of books had really gotten good reviews, so I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try.
This story held my interest throughout the book and whenever I had to stop, I somewhat impatiently waited to have time to pick it up again. The story weaves in and out without losing the reader and the characters are fully developed. The story comes to a satisfactory end, not one that leaves you hanging.
As soon as I finished, I bought the next in the series. If you purchase this book/audiobook, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
PS: Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator, as usual.
Most definitely kept me on the edge. Peril lies at every turn.
They are all performed superbly. Simon was my favorite character, but that is mainly due to the author's development of the character.
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