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Chris M.

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  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7054)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (4962)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Starts strong & then fades"
    Overall

    "Killing Floor" begins with an intriguing, attention grabbing opening. Unfortunately, if you're a logical analytical reader (my downfall), this book has so many frustrating plot gaps and reality disconnects that you'll either have to put part of your brain on a shelf, or be annoyed with both Lee Childs and his editor. If you're disturbed by multiple, one in a million coincidences, and utterly unrealistic individual and institutional behavior "Killing Floor" will frustrate you. A couple examples (not plot revealers) a government agent is killed in the line of duty, and no one shows up to investigate; bodies are hidden in a car in airport long term parking and supposedly won't be found for weeks--in a very warm climate (decomposition maybe??); the main character causes serious mayhem, with multiple witnesses, while driving a Bentley, and is apparently never sought by the police and later drives (still in the Bentley) by the scene, which is surrounded by police, and no one raises an eyebrow.

    This may sound trivial, but this book is a never ending series of implausabilities that gets irksome.

    This said, I found Jack Reacher to be a compelling character, and I'm hoping that the series will improve, so I'll be listening to another one.

    74 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Pyramids: Discworld #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (427)

    It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

    Pam says: "Almost perfect"
    "Disappointed Pratchett fan"
    Overall

    I found this book to be tedious and overwrought with cute observations and flights of fancy that didn't really advance the story, which is unfortunately thin on substance. I'm a Pratchett fan and in general I really enjoy the Disc World series. This book just isn't up to the standards of his others. I found it tiresome to the point that I'm going to take a break from Pratchett fare for awhile.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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