I really like to exchange this. I just can't listen to really boring things about Mark Twain's real life whining.
At first I disliked the main character so much I was going to stop listening to this. But the Narrator Luke Daniels has that happy dog voice I like so much I just kept going. Then the Barkeep has some really good insights to drunks that I just kept going some more, then I was hooked by the whole bunch of just-missed-being-likeable characters. It was a bit hard to follow, it's a big gang of losers in this book but they were all written very human, but never quite making it to the likeable mark with the exception of the old policeman who follows people around most of the time till the ending. It was pretty thrilling though at the halfway point and is very well wrapped up. With the exception of whatever happened to the first girl with the slutty shoes? Did she ever find true love? They should have murdered her I guess, then I wouldn't wonder what her roll was for. I think I recommend you to give this a try, let me know if you figure out the girl with the slutty shoes.
Dick Hill once again is horrible and this rating system won't let me leave zero stars for Performance. I suggest turning your speed to double time to get Dick moving at an almost normal pace while you listen. (NOTE to Lee Child: Use Marc Vietor next time he has range and never botches up an action book). Key word here is action.
I don't want to spoil this because it is a classic fast paced Jack Reacher action and action tips book. Tips such as "don't shoot the tires when trying to disable a gang thugs escape vehicle, go for the engine" you'll find out why towards the middle of the story. Pay close attention to the details and you'll get the hidden bad guy of the story. I didn't of course but I never do.
Loved it Sherlock Homeless!
If this is your first Reacher novel try one of the others first I suggest one that is Dick free they are all good.
A bit slow at first, but being the 1st in the series it sets the characters well. The narrator holds this together during the slow spots. Excellent period accents, I will probably drop out on this series when they switch to another narrator I'm funny about what sound voices go into my head and Marc Vietor is the best.
It's worth the listen if you like the older style mystery without intense gore and sex.
I wasn't surprised how highly entertaining this book was. I listened to another of the Bernheimer books with the same narrator and really enjoyed that too. This one is a ghost story about the person who is assigned to Ferry the dead to the next world, some that don't want to go and the Ferryman has to put a smack down on them and force them on their way, others seem stuck and seek his services and he helps them leave the middle ground they are caught in. He's poor, his love life sucks, he's short and he's new to this roll of helping the haunted, he's adorable. A bit of a cliffhanger ending but the next book is in the shop and it's my next book to listen to.
I liked the characters and I liked how the story wraps up.
In this case the "guy doesn't get the girl" ending was just perfect. Maybe a bit far reaching in the plot, but a nice mix of depressing facts about corporate food and I wish it could end that way in real life endings. Fast paced and Marc Vietor can read to me anytime. Love that narrator. He should be reading more best sellers; more people would share that voice.
I didn't connect with any characters. The main character has no back story, he's an ex-cop, that's about it. He's looking for a killer someone hired him to find. I sort of want the bad guy to get away he's the only one with any character development. The narration wasn't too bad; a bit flat, but that is what he was working with. I got really bored 3/4 of the way and I was done and moved on to another book, looking for an exchange. I happen to love that new policy.
I know I shouldn't like this gory series but I do. It reads like a TV mini-series and it's pretty gross, but I laughed at the humor and enjoyed it not trying to make it more than it was. So I may not recommend the series to everyone. I can't deny I liked it.
The Narrator has a deep rich voice and is very good.
I missed this read in high school. This was supposed to be a great American novel. Here's what I felt about it; Gatsby was boring. Poor Daisy I feel bad for her, she's married to a tedious cheating oaf, and having an affair with a bore. It would have been a better book if Daisy had pushed Tom overboard to his death on an Atlantic crossing to Europe. Because by then she was rid of Gatsby. Of course she would have lost the third person narration guy he was a bore too and she could join the circus and have a good time partying with Carneys. Maybe somebody could rewrite this as The Great Wolfman Gatsby.
Jake Gyllenhall is an excellent narrator.
Man this one really starts out strong and with promise; then it loses it's way, going from a strong premise of a new wicked genius serial killer to a low budget ghost buster meets the hot quiet hero from a romance novel, then it completely goes off the rails when the ending is so predictable and cheap it made me want to take the author back to the beginning and point at her story line then force her to tie up the loose ends! What starts as a great mystery thriller about catching a copy cat serial killer the ending could have been so much more, I was really sleepy when it finished. One thing though, this Narrator was great and I'll add him to my list voices I prefer to hear.
They are Rene Auberjonois, Marc Vietor, now Luke Daniels
This story is of course a thriller; mystery; adventure. It moves along at a good speed, this story has a fair focus on the main character. I think sometimes I don't get involved in any of Lincoln Child's characters because they're Goobers. This one isn't bad. Of course Child is going to take a really cool thing and blow it up. (He does that in every book). I don't think that spoils the story since the tale is about people who are seduced by the "MacGuffin" if I may steal a thought from Hitchcock.
But you'll find the ending a little predictable and I think the main Character's sort of douche bags at times stumbling into the obvious traps. But still I was not bored at all and I do recommend it if you're like me and like an escape from how things really are.
The narrator has a good sounding voice, I ran it at 1.25 speed on my android phone app. I think you can kick it up to 1.5 if you download the unabridged version and need to pick up the pace a bit. Barret Whitner's articulation can handle any speed.
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