Let me begin by stating that I have always been a huge Koontz fan - he has written some outstanding books, but I'm now starting to worry if he's ok. I really enjoyed Koontz's first two Frankenstein books and I was really looking forward to this one. I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about this book considering his last two novels were huge disappointments. Unfortunately, my fears were founded. It was like this book wasn't written by the same person who had written the first two. The dialog was weak, especially between Carson and Michael - they didn't seem like the same characters from the other books. Instead, it was like they had been beaten with a silly stick. And the thing that came from Harker - Koontz had been building the return of that thing all through book two to end up just delivering a goofy sideshow character in part 3. Frustrating. Despite what some have said in these reviews, the ending wasn't as bad as I anticipated - a slight reprieve from my having to give the book one star. Needless to say, I'm glad it's over.
When I finished the book, The Ghost, I was excited about finding the author Robert Harris. I immediately looked at what else he had written and thought I would begin with his first novel, Fatherland. The premise was very interesting to me, and it became more interesting when I saw how he was tying real history to the imagined story. It was like the two were seamless. Although I really enjoyed The Ghost, I found this book even better. I will now be moving on to Harris' other books.
I just stumbled across this book and I'm glad I did. The Ghost (or the American title, Ghost Writer) was the Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel of 2008. I appreciate that Audible lists award winners on their page. As I was listening to this book, I couldn't help but think, "why haven't I discovered Robert Harris earlier?" The book is suspenseful, well written and the narration is excellent. For anyone who enjoys a political thriller, where the suspense begins from page one, then you must give this book a listen. The movie was also just released on DVD, and to my excitement, Robert Harris co-wrote the screenplay.
I've been down on Koontz for a while, not enjoying his last books. When I heard that Frankenstein would be a new trilogy, I was baffled as to why. Regardless, I chose to give it a listen and was pleasantly surprised. Although the book ends just as the action is mounting (like his previous Frankenstein books), the story was quite a bit more solid (so far) then the last trilogy. There are the old characters along with an interesting set of new characters, most of which are likeable. Apart from a few minor issues, I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next in the series. I hope this is a sign that Koontz is beginning to return to the writing that made me a fan so long ago.
Ron McLarty is a talented writer and narrator. I was first introduced to his work in Memory of Running. If you haven't listened to Memory of Running, you need to listen to that audio book next. It's amazing. This book isn't Memory of Running, but it McLarty through and through. He establishes characters that you care about and he takes them through a journey that isn't very typical. You don't always know where he's going, but you enjoy the trip. The Dropper is a bit different because you're not sure what the title is about, but you eventually find out in a story that is very intriguing. I'm a McLarty fan, and I'll listen to everything he's does. He's a great writer, and I highly recommend The Dropper as well as his other books.
I wasn't sure about this book at first, but I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Although the topic is very sad and depressing, it's got some of the funniest scenes I've read in a book. The way Hornby presents the characters is very interesting, and having three narrators makes this work unique. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because of the ending. It wasn't a bad ending, but since I'm like a typical American (as Martin, a character in the book, describes), my rating makes sense. A very good listen.
I thought "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was remarkable, so I had to listen to "Girl Who Played with Fire." Hard to believe, but the story only got better. Larsson had the ability to give you just enough to keep you hooked, making me drive around the neighborhood over and over again to find out what happens. To top it off, Simon Vance does a incredible job narrating both books. I can't wait for the third book. It is a pure shame that Larsson was taken away from us much too soon. I HIGHLY recommend this book and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." These may be the best books I've read this year.
This has got to be one of the funniest and entertaining books I've heard. Couple Dave Barry's story with Dick Hill's narration, and you have a complete package. Both were excellent. To my surprise, the story takes a more serious turn with the culmination of characters in the final quarter of the book, but Barry is able to inject his humor keeping the book fun. And did I mention that Dick Hill is an excellent reader? The book might not make you think about the world, but you'll find yourself laughing even when you're not listening to the book, quoting lines such as, "Play the song about the guy, you know, with the car."
This was a really fun story - when you thought you knew what was going on, Coben would throw a twist in. When you thought the story was wrapping up, there was another twist. Another excellent Coben book that will keep you guessing that I highly recommend.
I really enjoy Barclay books, and this one is no exception. The story developed throughout the book, never going through boring patches like some suspense books tend to do. I was glued to this one. The characters were well developed, and Barclay knows how to inject humor without making the story silly. If you've enjoyed his other books, you won't be disappointed with this one. Now it's back to waiting for his next book.
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