Nothing about this book was interesting. There was no story. I had the impression that I was listening to somebody's diary.
Mr. Patterson, in my opinion, is running on empty. I've read several of his earlier novels and they were interesting and exciting. But, now that he is wring with other authors, the difference is very noticible. Burn, focuses on so many trivial things that it wasn't long that I lost interested in the basic story, which is about murder and canibilism. To be faced with such an abomination one minute, only to be distracted by the 'hero's' adopted children, aging father, and love-interest of the nannie; is annoying. Worst of all, has to be the tiresome voice of the reader. His voice can almost put you to sleep. Not to mention, the ridiculous accents. I won't be wasting any more time with this author. He's run out of steam.
This story is so unbelievable. A woman has what appears to be a perfect career of being a house sitter. She's able to travel all over the world and live in beautiful homes owned by rich people who give her full access, with every perk. This frees her up to be able to write novels and come and go, at will. Yet, she's so fascinated with other peopkle's lives that she brazenly studies the neighbors trough binoculars. One night, she witnesses a murder and immediately calls the police. Eventually, this puts her life in danger, but still, she becomes more and more involved as more bodies are connected to this murder. What really makes this story venturing into a fairytale, is the love affair with the handsome, millionaire who happens to be the brother of one of the victims. The ending is laughable but I still stuck it out 'till the end. Only a person who believes in increditble, unrealistic happy endings will enjoy this one. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
For those of you who suffer from insomnia...this is the novel for you. It will put you to sleep in no time. I suffered through the fisrt half of the story, where the author informed the listerner of all the gory details of catching, cleaning fish and deaing with, 'slime. Now and then, he inserted the actual storyline of the mysterious death of a female employee aboard the ship. Nevertheless, I stuck with the reading for as long as I could and just gave up. In my opinion, this was a waste of my time.
What a disapointment. I thouroughly enjoyed the first book. But, this story dragged on and on only occasionally, bringing life to the story. And, those instances were only when they featured the horrible mistreatment by the 'profesdsionals' who should have behaved in professional ways. Everyone was to blame for ruining this young lady's life for so many years. Nevertheless, she was triumphant in not giving up. But, the story moved on to spies and politics and moved too much away from the story. I was bored, but I did not give up on it. Dont expect this book to be anything like the first.
Having read most of Mr. Patterson's novels, I I found that Invisible was too similar. Haflway through the story, I had guessed, the 'surprise ending.' Several places in the reading confirmed this. If you like a good mystery, this is not one of them. For those folks who like gruesome details of pain and torture; then this is the book for you.
Mr. Grisham is one of my favorite authors. However, in my opinion, The Street Lawyer is not one of his best work. The story was dragged out unnecessarily. A few characters could have been eliminated to keep to the point. Example, far too much attention to the failing marriage, hinting of a reconciliation. And, the street woman, strggling with addiction and the loss of her son. (It went, nowhere.) More to the point, should have been the focus on a sucessful lawyer, willing to face losing his career, reputation and disbarment, to fight for justice for people who were either dead or unaware of his existence. Frank Muller's voice sounds very much like Steve Buscemi, (Boardwalk.) He reads well. But, several times during the reading, there were sentences repeated. I found that a little distracting and I question who edited this novel.
Typical Stephen King story emphasizing every aspect of decaying flesh and body fluids. Initially, I loathed the wife/mother who seemed to delight in humiliating and embarrassing her family. And I empathized with the husband and son, who only wanted to remain on the farm and live a simple life. But as the story progressed, I could only feel sadness for the son who was too weak to stand up to his father and follow his conscience.
This story could have been more enjoyable had it not been drawn out so relentlessly. The author kept repeating the same things, throughout; until at some point, it became boring. The strong character in the book is the father. The son, who obviously loves his father, gives the impression of being naieve.He had placed his father on a pedistal and refused to believe that he was a human being and not a god. The author seems to dwell on every aspect of the unspeakable torture scenes to the point of nauseum. Each time the story becomes interesting; it slows down and becomes repetitive. I found the reader's voice to be annoying and overly dramatic in places. This also was distracting. I stuck with this book only because in some instances, it became exciting. But, even the end was dragged on so extensively, that one would get the impression that the author did not want to stop writing. It was far too long, with very few surprises.
I found this to be an almost ulikely story, considering that although this young man is a survivor; too many factors would have gotten in his way for the story to turn out as it did. Nevertheless, it was entertaining and worth listening to.
Clearly, this is a story that can only be enjoyed by a teenager. I found the narrator to be very annoying. I've never met any adult who says, 'did ent', or, 'would ent,'etc.' It was very distracting. I need to understand or even empathise with the main character; but I found nothing with this character. She seemed to be obsessed with herself and extremely, clingy. Even with a possevive mother and a wimp of a father; she kept lamenting about their failure to support her in her dream of becoming a dancer. And, yet, she allowed herself to be financially supported by them as she lived comfortably away from them. She made all the wrong choices in her personal life and was shocked with the outcome.She gave mixed signals to her date when she allowed herself to be fondled and moaned when he kissed her. At a social gathering, she was aware that he was innebriated and out of control. But, she allowed herself to be dangerously compromised and became a victim of rape. Against everyone's advice, she chose not to bring her attacker to justice. Instead, she clung to others to lead her about like the weak-minded, spoiled child she appeared to be. Nowhere did she actually stand up for herself and express her outrage and frustration until it was too late. Was there a better need for this woman to seek psychiatric help? I did not return this book because I wanted to stick with it, wanting to believe that she would eventually find her own power to control her life. She didn't. Instead, she kept whining about her 'pitiful life,' throughout.
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