This was my first Jack Reacher. Story is 4.5 stars... I enjoyed it immensely because it is fast-paced, interesting with twists and suspenseful. Reacher is charismatic and well-written. Since this one I went right ahead and bought two more Reacher novels and I'm the middle of my third one. Sometimes I get a little bored through short spells hence the 4.5 stars. On balance, I highly recommend Jack Reacher. It is a great series overall.
The last thriller series that I enjoyed was Pendergast...I loved Fever Dream and that's what hooked me in. However I found that the quality between Pendergast books varies immensely, to the point where I thought it was somewhat hit or miss - even only reading the ones that scored at minimum of 4.5 overall. So far with the Reacher series, the story is always good to great - never a miss (just some spots within a plot might start to drag on).
So far, so good!
I only read this book for a book club. After reviewing several possible books to vote for I voted for none, including not this one. This book won and so I listened to it.
Well it really exceeded my expectations. The story flows in a conversational way, that is hugely engaging.
There is a police investigation into a recent event, seemingly a murder at a Trivia Night event for the parents of a local Kindergarten...
The story is light, engaging, sincere and often humorous. At the same time it ever so subtly brings up a handful of more serious issues such as domestic violence, which the author stresses -occurs more often than we suspect in Australia. From other reviews I had not been expecting this.
Liane Moriarty does a great job penning her characters to life. There are a lot of characters since the plot takes place in a small beach community with a Kindergarten.
I did not anticipate the story progression and the twists at the end!
I didn't always care for Anne's personality or her choices. I thought that it was a very slow start. The beginning seemed almost absurd... as in why am I even listening about this woman? I did not choose this book. I read it for a book club assignment. Even though this is fiction based on real life, the author stays very close to real life. It was in making notes for the book club meeting that I realized how much the book got me to thinking about love, marriage, loyalty, choosing a partner, living life fully and wanting more. I also recently visited the Smithsonian and I saw the Lindbergh exhibit there as well as Charles Lindbergh's plane. After seeing that plane it is fairly astounding that he undertook a 33 hour flight in it. Visiting the Air & Space museum when I did really reinforced the degree of courage and adventure that this husband and wife shared. Personally I was not well aware of the Lindbergh's story but I will say that I was touched by the bipolarity of the highs and lows in their lives...If you get this definitely listen to the author's discussion at the end. I think that Melanie Benjamin is a good storyteller and I would not hesitate to try another one of her books, this being my first.
I really liked The Rosie Project so I decided to listen to this immediately. It was a great listen, very engaging. However I was slightly less engaged while listening to this sequel. Since I would not want to write a spoiler, I'll simply say that I found the plot mildly annoying because of my traditional values. Meanwhile I really appreciated Don Tillman's guileless personality. At one point in the book I realized that how I would have responded would have been totally different from his response, choosing to always see the best in everyone - I just really like his easy-going character. I will say that is some respects this plot seems seems fictional because everyone, bar-none ends up being a deep-down nice person... In all, a very pleasant listen. Mr Simsion keeps up the pace of the story, there is really no dull moment. However, the book seems a bit disjointed toward the end and then it ends abruptly. I did not see it coming.
This book is more a memoir than what I had expected which was well, a book loaded with funny jokes. There definitely is a humorous bent and however what is really refreshing about this book is how well I was really able to get to know Amy and to like her and to appreciate her insights and wisdom. She states as much at the beginning, about her philosophy about how to be happy and who she likes to spend time with. Just be yourself, be true to yourself and own it. Then she moves on and talks about her various jobs, time at SNL, time after SNL and it is all narrated by a rather large cast including several former colleagues, boss and even her parents does most of the talking. She is really candid and affable and sincere.
Having read every single one of Jack Reacher books except for one that was getting very low reviews from reviewers that i trust, i was disappointed in this one. it did not hold my attention. it needed more action, more flow. this book seemed a little more 'serious' than previous ones. appears to have been well-researched but really never connected with the characters or the plot. dick hill sounds a little older and at first i didnt recognize his voice. jack reacher was missing his usual peppering of familiar and endearing behaviors like i said nothing, that's for DAMN sure! you know what i'm referring to. the stuff that he says and does a lot that makes him jack reacher. well i will say that I was listening while doing other things like getting ready to leave the house, like i always do so I prefer books that are easy to follow without paying careful attention and still feeling engrossed in the outcome. having waited so long for another jack reacher I really couldn't resist had to check it out. When it finished I just thought OK, hm so that's the end of it...really not engaged whatsoever. Overall I'm quite surprised because I often think that an average for Lee Child book is still way better than many other authors in the same genre.
It's an enjoyable read. The ending surprised me I certainly wasn't expecting it. Having read many books by these authors, I would still say that my favorite was Fever Dream...though this is definitely among their best books. I had stopped listening to the Pendergast series as I found the writing quality inconsistent throughout the series.
It does not suitably follow The Gold Coast. For one thing the first 7-8 hours are wasted in a slow rehash of the prior book and I found that there was just way too much rehashing throughout. Plot and character development are lacking.
yes so several books later I still remember the main characters' names: John and Susan Sutter and Frank de la Rosa. What makes this book great is the great, likeable characters and their development throughout...John Sutter is irreverent and sarcastic and funny. The Sutters have a very adventuresome sex life, which is risque and quite entertaining throughout. The ending seemed inconsistent to me for her character however I can't really say why without writing a spoiler however it pertains to Susan Sutter. John Sutter keeps saying that his wife 'is a bit nutty' though this doesn't really come across in her character development. I enjoyed this so much that I immediately bought the sequel, which was a disappointment.
So when I first joined audible I purchased a book based on the 'recommendation' of David Baldacci I believe - a book by Thomas Greanias, Raising Atlantis which I hated so I decided to never read anything from Baldacci. Then I read some really glowing reviews for this book and decided to try my first Baldacci. I actually enjoyed the pace of the story. However, too often there seemed to be implausible events or characters did stupid things which bothered me. I also felt that the stereotyping of women's behaviour became a bit grating -- although I suppose that women might be more likely to suffer from a breakdown or to cry or to exhibit signs of emotional frailty. Finally, the tone of Scott Brick's narration for some reason was a bit flat and a little annoying and he seemed to be reading a little differently than usual. I usually enjoy his narrations. Overall though, this book is engrossing and it's relatively long which is nice too so I would recommend it.
The plot is fairly simple throughout most of the story where an investigation is underway. The action picks up at the end. And, if you are not familiar with Nelson de Mille he is one of the best thriller/ action/ adventure writers out there. It is a well-researched book. Both protagonists John Corey and Kate Mayfield are likeable and get the job done!
Report Inappropriate Content