I have either read, or listened to most of the Reacher novels, and I found this one to be the least engaging.
I was originally attracted to the storyline because it takes place in 1990, and as a rule, I like to read a series in order if at all possible, and even though, this novel was released later on in the series, it was an easy choice for me.
The story never "grabbed" me. It felt strained and disjointed. If this was the first Reacher novel that I had happened upon, I'm doubtful that I would have listened to any of the other books in the series.
Thank goodness that wasn't the case! This was the exception rather than the rule.
I purchased this Audible Book on a whim. I was checking out, and noticed the title, and scanned the summary, and since it was fairly short, and inexpensive, I added it to my cart. I sure am glad that I did so.
The storyline is imaginative, although it stretches the imagination a wee bit, but what I really found enjoyable was the characters, all of them.
I would recommend this quick listen to anyone who has a tendency to enjoy rather quirky, out of the ordinary Audible Books.
I don't really want to give anything else away, or it wouldn't be a suprise!
I liked the subtle, some would call rather dry humor that develops as Shames fleshes out each memorable character. I oftentimes found myself going back and listening to some dialogue between character's again, which is very rare for me, and when I heard it a second time, I'd find myself laughing out loud.
Anything involving Bert the Shirt, and his faithful old chihuahua. Bert is aged, retired mob soldier, who although a criminal in every respect, follows a strict mob-based moral code, which is compelling and at times hilarious, as he discovers that not everyone shares his ethics today. I also enjoyed where Bert finds a cure for his chihuahua's chronic constipation, and the palpable relief they both feel when it finally comes to an end.
No, but I plan to listen to them all..
If you enjoy Hiaasen or leonard, then you will most certainly like this story. It is different than either of these author's, but in a good way.
Yes, although it took me longer to actually finish listening to this book than any other in over a decade. This is a very long listen, and It just didn't grab me and make me want to listen for long stretches at a time. Thus my headline, borderline, because that's where I felt that I was with this title. It was JUST good enough for me to keep listening, mainly because the fantastic characters, but during the last third of the book I stopped listening a couple of times only to return. It felt oddly like this book owed me something in return for the large investment of my time, and I was bound and determined to see it to it's conclusion, and this was more than my simply wanting to see how it ended. I don't think that I've ever felt quite like this about a book before. Perhaps thats why I'm writhing this review, which is very rare for me.
Yes, I listened to Snow Crash a number of years ago. Mr. Stephenson certainly has the gift to be able to create engaging characters, as he did with that book, although it this case, I felt that there were perhaps a few too many of them. The characters were Russian, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab and a Chinese/British as well as an British/African.The Americans were all white males who ran the gambit from geeky, eccentric & rich to older Hippies, Vietnam Vets and oh yeah, even militia survivalistists types who home schooled their kids, while their mom's walked around with guns. Unlike Snow Crash, and for me at least. It felt as if he skipped from character to character, or group to group, too quickly.
Very good narrator, who differentiated the characters in the book very convincingly.
Perhaps. Perhaps not. Just like a felt about finishing this one. In the end. I'm glad that I did though.
I love Audible. I have a disability, which makes reading difficult for me, so it's an important part of my life, and I'd be lost without it. Keep up the great work!
I finished listening to this excellent series in Spring of 2006. It's now been almost SIX YEARS, since a new book has been introduced to either conclude or move the story forward. I can't begin to tell you how many loose ends you will be left wondering about. The author has stated on his website to his fans that a new book is emminent for years now, with excuse after excuse offered up, I gave up years ago, I grew tired of his increasingly condesending excuses. Don't get sucked in, Great, Great Story, but It's a DEAD END,,,,,My advice would be to wait until to see if/when the author introduces a new book to the series before you spend a lot of credits or you could very well be like me, waiting for years and years with nothing more than false promises..
Sadly, as a rule, I rarely write a review, I just listen and move on, but after listening to Black Cross, I felt it my duty to let others know just how great this book is. Out of the 250+ Audible books that I have purchased over the years, I would rate this one as one of the best that I have ever listened to. I look forward to listening to the rest of Mr. Iles books, and if they are even half as good as this one was, I'd consider them to be worthy of my credits. I noticed one reviewer being critical of the narrator. I couldn't disagree more. There are a number of character's to keep up with in this complex novel, and Mr. Hill does an absolutely incredible job making them easy for the listener to keep track of and recognize and to me, the accents were spot on.
I first read this book when it was published in 1972, and after reading it I remember being incredulous that a book about rabbits with names like Hazel and Bigwig could be so engaging and thought provoking. I had pretty much forgotten about it through the years when I happened upon it at Audible and I immediately used a credit. Am I ever glad that I did. After all this time it's still compelling because although it certainly is a story about rabbits, it's also about the ethos of honor, trust, friendship, courage and perseverance, which are important no matter what type of creature you happen to be. You can search google and find a copy of the "Watershipdown Lapine Glossary" to learn the words that the rabbits use to communicate with each other. For example, Silf = Eat & Flay = Outside, so to "Silfflay" means going outside the warren to eat. You can usually figure it out, but I found a glossary helpful as I began to read the story. They also use a common language known as "hedgerow" to communicate with other non-lapine creatures, which are an important aspect of the story.
As a long-time Audible member with almost 300 titles, I found this book to one of the most interesting and engaging that I've experienced to date. Granted, I enjoy both Science Fiction and History titles, usually as a change of pace from mysteries and thrillers, and I found this one to be one wild trip. The characters are well developed and at the end of the book I almost felt that I knew them. Exciting battles, engaging characters along with a great storyline make for a great listen. Although fairly long, it seemed to be at it's end all too quickly. I might caution listeners that this book can be somewhat graphic about humans being used as food i.e. cattle, and the author spares no details, however harrowing about this aspect of the story.
I have listened, to every one of the books included in Mr. Child's Reacher Series, and there seems to be a pattern with Reacher's fans, where on the one hand, they don't think there is "enough action", then with another it's "too much talk", or "too much detail" about inconsequential things. Well, I can assure you that "not enough action" certainly cannot be said about Worth Dying for. If you think Reach is at his best when he's "kickin butt", where he champions the cause and helps the down-trodden, abused and helpless-hopeless members of the communities where he finds himself, then this book was written for you. Reacher at his very best!!!!
It's a Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke. It's perfect. No one writes like him. Period...........Enough said....
This book was delivered in five parts to my ipod. The first part was great, the second and third parts were overly long to the point of almost being boring; I almost gave up! I'm glad I didn't because the last two section's were good, and in the end I was satisfied.
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