Prof Anding makes frequent references to the "guidebook which came with your course". This is apparently more than simply a list of the lectures (which, in itself, would have been very useful) but actually includes some worksheets to help you figure out, for example, how many calories you need to maintain your weight.
I also agree with the other reviewer who mentionned that he found the classical music introducing each chapter very irritating and unnecessary particularly since it made it take longer to get to the chapter title. Of course, if we had the guidebook for the lecture series, that would not have mattered - as much.
I did write Audible Tech Support and was told the Tech Support person would look for an audible version of the guidebook ... not exactly what is required, here. I looked on the Great Courses website for supplemental materials but it was not available there, either.
C'mon Audible/Amazon ... fix this.
Perry has given us a well-paced story of a retired homicide detective from LA and the sociopathic assassin he chases. There is, for the most part, a logical development of the plot without too much reliance on magical happenstance.
That's the good news.
The bad news ? The characters are almost all paper dolls. The assigned homicide detectives are jaded and incompetent. The women, with the exception of his daughter, an extremely high functioning woman with Down's syndrome, are easily manipulated and not too bright. No one, not even our hero, has any depth.
The plot also has issues. For example, in the book, the investigation into the serial killer/assassin" is done by a single detective rather than the FBI. Finally, while the ending resolved the primary plot, the book felt unfinished.
Scott and Maggie - LAPD cop-on-the-rise and experienced Marine K9 - have both suffered similar severe losses and both are damaged both physically and emotionally. Unwilling to lose another partner, Scott pushes to join the K9 corps expecting that being paired with 'just a dog' will enable him to continue to be a cop. Maggie is there, waiting in a cage to be shipped back to another new home, having been deemed too disabled - physically and mentally - to be retrained as a police K9.
This is the story of how Scott and Maggie heal each other - and it is told (delightfully so) from both points of view. ("Alpha is safe. Pack is safe.")
It is, at the same time, a 'page turner' crime novel - the bad guys are very very bad, and tracking them down is the edge-of-your-seat, quick-turn-the-page-and-make-sure-they're-ok, whoa!-didn't-see-that-coming experience that it should be.
The narrator handled the different voices deftly.
I love Lorelei King from the Stephanie Plum novels, which I also love. This book had promise - as another reviewer noted, it was in part as if Stephanie woke up one day and discovered she had a new occupation as a Grim Reaper and a phantom lover who might or might not be the Prince of Darkness - lots of steamy parts in this novel.
The writing was somewhat disjointed, as if the author had a number of phrases she always wanted to use in a novel and arranged the narrative around use of these phrases. Perhaps this is simply her first-novel awkwardness. I don't think I'd waste a credit on volume 2 in the series, even with Ms King to narrate.
The basic plot line seemed promising ... I enjoy near future sci fi and fantasy ... but the writing on this particular novel was badly in need of a good editor - the descriptions were way too wordy and predictable. At first I thought perhaps the writing just seemed horrible because the narration was so bad. But I'm afraid I couldn't tough it out beyond the first couple of chapters.
I've read that Carr's other books are good - after this one, however, I don't think I want to risk another one.
The story was excellent - it was hard to imagine how Butcher would continue past his cliffhanger finish of Book 12.
I'm afraid, though, I have the same issue as many other readers. For me, Marsters is Dresden. I have no issues with John Glover's performance except that he is very different than Marsters - which made Dresden a different character. I think this was especially disturbing since I listened to the two books one immediately after the other and since Book 12 was such a cliffhanger that the two books merged in my head -
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