I was happy to see another book in John Dunning's "The Bookman" series. I wish there had been more about book collecting in this one but the subject was certainly a key factor in the plot. The ending was a little weak but overall it was an engrossing read.
It's one I'm glad I listened to but it's not one I'd listen to again.
These characters are all in their heads. There is action but for each action there is a lot of detail about what each character was thinking and feeling. I felt that I had to perservere through the story but I wanted to know what happened. It's a very interesting plot with characters that balance one another. What goes around, comes around, again and again. It was definitely worth reading for me although it would not have had enough action for my husband.
I felt that I learned a lot about Ted Williams but had to perservere through a lot of boring stuff to get there. For example, all the tedious information about the sports writers did not add anything to the biography as far as I could see. I'm not a huge baseball fan so the play-by-play description of some of the games was more information than I needed.
I quit listening a couple of hours before the very end because it became depressing. The son's exploitation of his famous father was more than I could stand.
Not if the movie was as long as the book
Ted Williams was an incredible athlete. Gaining an appreciation of his amazing accomplishments was worth the time. He was also a tortured man who probably suffered from some form of mental illness. After reading the book, I wish I could have met him but I certainly would not have wanted to be married to him.
Yes, the narration alone is worth a second listen. This is a complex story and I am sure that a second listen would catch nuances you might miss the first time through.
PK of course but there are many memorable characters including Doc, Hymie, even Grandpa Chook! I enjoyed the development of PK's character through the people who influenced his life.
Oh, my gosh! That man is a Boer, a Jew, an Englishman, a German, a Zulu and much more in accents that are spot on!
It's too long for that but I looked for every opportunity to get back to it.
Bryce Courtenay is a consumate story teller.
I will never read another Robin Cook book about Pia Grazdani. The first Pia book was interesting but one of Cook's weaker novels. This last book was a total waste of time and obviously designed to get you to read his next one. No chance!
George Guidall is an excellent narrator and I have no complaints about him.
George did well; it was the book itself that was weak.
It was interesting to learn something about nano technology. That was the only redeeming quality because the story line was non-existent.
I've read almost every one of Robin Cook's novels. The previous Pia novel, Death Benefit, was the weakest of his books up until this one. The character of Pia is difficult to believe or understand and her boy friend, George, is equally difficult to believe. Nano is obviously leaving the door open to a third Pia novel. I won't consider reading it.
It appears that Robin Cook is spending all his time researching and writing about interesting new medical technology at the expense of character and plot development. Well, it just won't sell books! Robin, give it up.
This book might have been more compelling if it had been edited down by half. If you believe the odd amnesia that Daniel Hayes is supposed to have and if the plot had not dragged on and on, it could be good. I hung in there but it felt tedious.
I think Alexander McCall Smith should stick to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Everything else he writes is dismal. What plot exists in this novel is left hanging at the end. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting with the exception of the dog. Don't waste your time.
This book would be much better if it had been edited to half its length. There is far too much extraneous stuff, especially about what Lisa is thinking, feeling, and/or how her breathing is quickening. Come on! I'd like to know if any real person would be as aware of her every emotion, feeling, or quivering as Lisa seems to be. In fact, the character of Lisa, in spite of all the feedback about her response to everything, is not really well developed. I suspect that the author wants Lisa to come across as a strong, appealing woman. I came away feeling that I knew too much about Lisa's responses and not enough about what kind of a person she is. The character of Scott could use some rewrite as well. Rude and manly don't do it. There needs to be more to make the reader want to root for Scott to win over Lisa.
Then there's the plot or lack of it. When I read the reviews of this book, I thought the plot line had tremendous potential. When I got through the book, I thought that there has to be a better way to develop the plot. I am still confused about how some of the plot is supposed to have taken place. I would not have bothered reading this book had I known how boring it would be. I hung in there just to find out how the author would explain the mysteries. It was very unsatisfying.
The plot for this novel is just not credible. Even if it were, the book drags on and is frankly boring. Grisham can't seem to come up with a new idea. This will be the last one of his books that I purchase.
Having read Vanishing Acts and My Sister's Keeper, I expected more from this book. The plot was too weak to keep the reader involved. The motivation for the things that happened was not believable. I stuck with this story hoping it would improve, but the ending was a disappointment too. I would advise readers to skip this Jodi Picoulet novel and hope she does better with the next one.
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