I listened to this whole book, hoping at some point I would end up caring something for Elle. I never did, She comes across as a real B***ch, that I can't feel a bit of compassion for. She treats Dan, her sex interest, like dirt, and what he sees in her, is beyond me. He wastes so much time caring for her, but she just doesn't come across as deserving of his attention, with all the rejection she hits him with.
She has a bad history, but instead of dealing with it years ago, she has just become bitter and hateful to anyone that tries to help her. Unfortunately, this goes on and on, through the whole book.
The narration for Elle is probably the only voice that sounds normal. The other characters sound like munchkins, or little kids. That also, made it a hard listen for me.
At any rate, it's just not very entertaining.
This is a very unique type of story, that even listeners not in to sci-fi will enjoy. Our main character moves into an apartment building that seems to have little quirky things wrong with it, that he can not ignore. He soon meets other tenants with similar concerns, and they start out on a fact finding mission about their complex.
What makes this story so enjoyable are the characters. They are all so totally different, each having a small talent that helps in this quest. And the dry humor, keeps you chuckling one minute, and cringing the next from the scary things happening.
It's a listen that will keep you engrossed, and the narration is excellent. Ray Porter definitely knows how to deliver a punch line.
This book is based around the character Terry McCaleb an ex FBI agent recovering from a heart transplant. He is approached by the sister of his heart's donor to find her murderer. Up until now, he didn't know anything about his donor, and especially that it was from a murder victim. Thus, the whole story really starts getting interesting, as he gets help from a lot of unlikely allies. He also, has his problems with cops that are resentful for him trying to help with the case. It may be somewhat predictable, but still has a few surprises, and doesn't disappoint in the long run. Of course, Dick Hill, does his usual outstanding narration.
Almost didn't listen to the whole of this book, because it started out from the viewpoint of a wife, whose husband was cheating on her. She was telling her story, and I just didn't know if I wanted to hear about a cheating husband,even in a humorous way. I stuck it out though, and did end up enjoying the book. Amanda Ronconi had something to do with that, I'm sure. She just knows how to tell a good tale, putting the punch lines right where they belong. I didn't like this book as much as the vampire and werewolf stories, but it will give you a good chuckle now and then.
I really wish Ms Harris would have ended this series with 8 books instead of dragging it out. It steadily got worse, as the books went on. (kinda like Anita Blake). Some of these authors need to learn when to end a series, before they get totally burned out, and write crap in order to pick up their paycheck. Where are the editors anyway?
I know I'm not writing the books, but I do think when an author has created a huge following, those readers should be considered and listened to. Someone needs to look where their paycheck came from.
That being said......this book was rushed, with stupid cameos all the way through it from just about every character ever introduced. Things that made Sookie, Sookie in other books, all of a sudden are different in this book. Doesn't the author use cliff notes to remind herself what abilities and history her characters have?
I really feel the whole series should have been Sookie's dream (Like Bobby in Dallas) cause Sookie didn't achieve anything in the end. She ended up right where she started out, working in a diner with Sam, not really sold on wanting Sam, so she'll have to think about it for awhile. (oh yes, that's cause Ms Harris wants to sell us another book in a few months.Fat chance on me buying that one.) Sookie went through all kinds of horrible experiences, only to be jilted by the one man that she truly ever loved. All these books, making Eric always being there to rescue her, and he becomes a slave to another vampire in the end. (Oh yes, that's how he started out too)
So basically, Ms Harris sees ones life going full circle, ending up just where you started and no HEA for her main characters. She should have killed them off, dying in each others arms. I think it would have been easier to deal with, than to totally alter their characters. Neither one of them would have just given up and settled, in earlier books, but that's what Ms Harris seemed to forget again. Shame on her.
Have to say that I almost didn't listen to this installment, thinking that I was kinda let down with the last book. I did enjoy this book however, as it brought in more of the old characters, Stephan being one of my favorites.
It's a non-stop story of kidnapping, finding bad guys, and dealing with the problem. Brings in group efforts from the werewolves and the vampires.
Was kinda disappointed with all the political views in the story, but seems that's what celebrities do these days, is to speak their peace, and Hollywood is notorious for it. I really doubt Ms. Briggs could foresee just how either political party would react to the real discovery of werewolves. But, it's her book and she can write whatever she fancies.
Love this narrator for the Mercy voice, and glad I didn't bypass the book.
What a great series, and with James Marsters' narration, you can't go wrong.
This book was right up there with one of the best. A great cast of characters, hearing more from Susan, and that Thomas is a hoot. It had some surprise allies,( if only for awhile), adding to the book's charm.
Harry didn't have a chance to get bored, as bad guys kept popping up everywhere, in his quest to find the stolen shroud.
If you follow the series, don't miss this one.
This is a good book to read before Killing Floor, as it gives the background for the whole series, and why Reacher is wondering around the country.
Reacher is in the Army now, on an assignment that will end his career.
It's full of passion, intrigue, action, with twists and turns that leaves you wondering who the murderer is, right up til the end. Well, worth listening to.
It's topped off with a short story, that takes place when Reacher was 13 years old, traveling with his Marine family. It's short, but a good story.
I listened to another of the Reacher novels, and decided to start from the beginning. No disappointments with this novel either. I can easily see why this series has the highest reviews. It's loaded with interesting characters, with a suspenseful action/ crime thriller that keeps you guessing up til the end. It's fast paced, and the character development is excellent. Dick Hill's narration can't be beat.
I started out with listening to this, and after a while I switched to my Kindle to read it.
The beginning is a bit confusing, because it starts out in 2005, skips back to events of 2003, then a short bit in 2001, then we skip forward to 2007. The whole book is like that. If you want a clear picture. write the starting dates down, then refer to them. Reading it was just easier for me, to see the dates in print.
At first, I thought I wasn't going to like this book, as it started going into the daily life habits of an OCD sufferer. But, the blow by blow of locking doors, and checking latches, didn't last too long, then the novel took off running. It quickly became one of those novels that you have to finish in one reading, which I did (couldn't get away from it).
Cathy falls in love with the wrong guy, and boy does her life completely change. What starts out as bliss, soon turns into a nightmare that haunts her for her lifetime. You find yourself in her shoes, as everything turns hopeless, and is done in a very believable way.
She can trust no one, as the book goes back and forth between past and present, you (the reader) don't know who she can trust either, if anybody. She struggles to get her life together, but you find yourself wondering if it will happen, and with this type of book, anything can take place, right up til the end.
This was my first listen to the Jack Reacher novels, and I've already downloaded a few more. It's a fast paced story, full of action, suspense, murder, romance. You name it, this story has it, to keep the earbuds on for the duration.
The narration is excellent, so I'll definitely want to listen to more from Dick Hill, along with reading this series.
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