Yes, I would make the contents of the book, more supportive of the title.
The title lead me to believe it would be stories supportive of the idea that Dogs are Geniuses (much like the book "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home" by Sheldrake). Instead it comes across as an anthropological dissertation of domestication in wolves, feral dogs and canine pets. Interspersed in that information (which is very well presented, yet seemingly inappropriate) are examples of how dogs are, and are NOT, geniuses. There just doesn't seem to be any logical flow to the book or its content, so for the moment I stopped listening to it.
It was easy to listen to and didn't take away from the subject matter. (I've listened to books where the narrator's voice was annoying and so I was always reminded it was being read to me.)
Yes, because the anthropological information and research findings, though disjointed and contradictory, are well presented and convincing.
Maybe if I had the hard copy of the book I could see the index layout and understand the authors logical flow for the information, and having that would also allow me to have a reference in the future for the anthropology parts of the book.
Dick does a thorough examination of the life and times of Lorretta Young, so much so however, that the overabundance of details made it a little dry. Larkin's voice was smooth and appropriate for chronicling such a glamorous Hollywood starlet and her tone and treatment of the text made the wealth of facts much more palatable. I would listen to another one of her narrations, but probably not one of Dick's works.
Probably not, unless they had a real interest in Loretta Young specifically or wanted to learn more about the lifestyle of starlets from that era.
No one part of the book stood out for me.
Listen to it until the end.
Extremely well written
Sakey does a great job of introducing sinister characters early on in his books who commit a crime, then disappear into the background. By doing this readers are always on edge as to when the character is going to surface to cause more trouble. And he also does a great job of establishing early on, main characters who are flawed but likeable, so you care what happens to them. This mixture of characters you care about and looming threats are what make Sakey's books suspenseful.
When the ex-solder pretends he's a cop so he can enter the well protected house of a drug lord to question him.
I don't know, something that plays off the fact that the main characters where family and the great lengths someone will go to when a child is threatened.
I think this is one of the best literary works of suspense I've read (actually listened to). The descriptions Sakey uses to paint the visual pictures of the story were amazing.
Pleasantly disturbing plots
The ex-con bartender character hooked me into that story because of the father / daughter plot.
He has a pleasant speaking voice and it actually seemed like he was able to change it up depending on the story or character.
It kills me to give Sakey less than 5 stars for Scar Tissue, but compared to his other books that I've read like "The Blade Itself" and "The Amateurs", this one is not quite as great. That being said, I must say that in at least three of the stories he did do a great job of getting me to think about what happens next to the characters after I read the strange twist at the end of the stories. He also did his usually exceptional job of helping me visualize scenes and events and feelings using descriptions that were fresh, highly imaginative and very effect. They were so creative I was tempted to start keeping a list, but I didn't want to stop listening long enough to do that.Sakey is a magician when it comes to creating characters (good or bad) who immediately draw your concern and he is very effective at crafting disturbing situations and subplots around them so you remain uncomfortable throughout the entire book. I marvel at how quickly, yet subtly he manages to get me hooked. Sakey is probably my favorite modern fiction writer and I'm looking forward to listening to his book, At The City's Edge, that he mentioned in Scar Tissue.
It was one of the best.
I was interested mainly in hearing about the mind and actions of snipers. What I got in addition to that was information about how Navy Seals train, the brotherhood they share with each other, how Chris Kyle's military career affected his family (in the words of his wife) and the fascinating details of what goes through the minds of soldiers caught in a fire fight. It was fascinating.
I haven't. But just from this one performance I would certainly listen to others he's done. His Texas accent was so believable I thought Chris Kyle was narrating the story. I wondered, after finishing the book if the accent was put on or not. If it was, Pruden is a master narrator.
Neither, but it kept me riveted to the story and I was anxious to hear more.
I'm glad I stumbled upon this book. I've been recommending it to many of my friends.
I enjoy heart-pounding thrillers and this just isn't one. I don't know anyone who might enjoy buying a thriller that doesn't thrill.
No. His writing is ineffective.
The narration was good, but the production company shouldn't, out of nowhere, start playing some cheesy background music in the middle of dialog between one of the main characters and his old girlfriend. It made me think the chapter was over or the first section of the book was finished.
Confusion and disappointment.
The book starts out with a murder and a kidnapping, then goes on to develop the characters more through
I just finished listening to this and thoroughly enjoyed the writing, narration and story. Finder doesn't waste words like other authors whose story lines get needlessly lost within an overuse of descriptions (e.g. Jay Lake in the audio book "In the Forests of the Night"). Joseph Finder keeps his writing clean and to the point, but still descriptive enough to help his readers imagine the scenes and characters. I liked the way Holter Graham narrated the story, effectively using accents to differentiate the characters. And the story kept me engaged from the beginning all the way through the final twist at the end. One minor, negative is that a part or two in the story were slightly unbelievable, similar to the Mission Impossible TV series where every seemingly unexpected event was somehow expected by the hero. Though he does give logical explanations, to help avoid lose ends. I look forward to more works from Finder.
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