I enjoyed this book, but mostly because of the narration. Eduardo Ballerini is truly a gifted talent. The story is okay. I found Fred, the male character, hard to tolerate with all his mafia-laden ways and egotistical viewpoint of the world. The family as a whole is hard to develop feelings for, although the mother, Olivia, seems the most human. I don't know how realistically this story portrays life in the witness protection program, or if it even was meant to, but I probably would not have finished the book if I were reading it.
I like pretty much any Jack Reacher book. Lee child does an impressive job weaving the stories together and describing the action scenes. My father-in-law and i enjoy sharing these books and gathering our own favorite "Reacher quotes". I am not crazy about Dick Hill as the narrator of these books. I think his voice sounds much older than I imagine Reacher to sound. But, since he narrates all these books I will be happy with it - he is still a very good reader.
....I don't think I will be buying any more of the short stories like this. They are just too short to be truly satisfying. Plus, most of the information you can glean from the novels. But, they are not expensive, and if you are jonesing between novels then by means - get one.
i originally read this book in high school and I quickly read everything else I could get my hands on by Robert McCammon. This is his finest work, in my opinion. Even better than Swan Song. Simon Prebble is a very good narrator but maybe not the best for this book. Still, it was an enjoyable listen.
I am crazy about this series. Jonathan Maberry makes the impossible seem possible (and who knows, really?). Joe Ledger is totally bad *** while the female characters are also strong. I do not like female characters portrayed as weak and incapable of taking care of business. Plus, Ghost is awesome. Ray Porter does an incredible job narrating this series - I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books. Ray - you are my favorite.
Initially I was put off by the heavy English accents as I found it hard to understand. However, once I got used to it I enjoyed listening to this book a great deal. The story was compelling and I did not 'figure it out' before the revelation. Additionally, since the concept of being a twin is quite prevalent I wonder if there was anything I missed simply because I do not connect with being anyone's twin. However I fully enjoyed this listen. I am considering gifting it to my mother!
I love action stories. I'm a big fan of Lee Child / Jack Reacher. The smart fighters are my favorite. Jonathan Maberry does an excellent job of describing martial arts techniques so the experienced and non-experienced alike can fully imagine the action. The villians are truly wicked, and the heroes are truly warriors. The story is smart, told in detail, and even though there were places where I guessed what was coming it didn't diminish how much I enjoyed listening to it. The characters have flaws that make them believable as humans. I was initially annoyed at the way Major Grace Cortland was described as having red-rimmed eyes as though she was always crying. I thought "Oh, great, a female character that COULD be strong but will be spoiled by being pathetic." I was wrong. She has the capacity for sensitivity that many may feel makes her seem weak, but I thought overall she proved her metal, and was always strong and in control when the situation required it. As a female practitioner of the martial arts I am routinely disappointed by female characters that are portrayed as weak victims. Ray Porter is a first-rate narrator. He added so much value to the reading of this book that really made the character of Joe Ledger come to life. I will continue with this series, and I truly hope I never grow bored!
This book stole my heart. It is difficult to get past the atrocities that Hitler threw at the Jews, and not having lived through those years but only learned about them in history class it is easy to forget the German people were not all Hitler. This story introduces you to some very wonderful German people. It reminds us that the German population was in many ways prisoners in their own country. I have fallen in love with Lisl and Hans and Rudy, Rosa and Ilsa, and of course, Max. I chuckled and I cried. It was very interesting and creative to use Death to tell the story. Death tells us at the end that Lisl survives and lives many years, having children and grandchildren, before she dies. I could have continued to listen to all the experiences her life brought her, her character was that real to me. This was an excellent listen, and I think that it was made MORE enjoyable because I did choose to listen.
After listening to 'Catching Fire' I just had to finish the trilogy. Although it is hard to discuss without giving out spoilers I will do my best and critique in more general language than I would like. I was a little frustrated by Katniss's reluctance to be really fierce. She seems to spend a fair amount of time experiencing emotional difficulties. Not to say that a real young woman in her situation wouldn't, but I felt it made her character too soft. However, the tension between Gale and Peeta was well written, and the psychological effects of Peeta's torture were also vividly described. Overall, there was still enough action to keep the story moving and interesting. The situation described (between the government and the Territories and the people finally fighting back in rebellion) really makes the listener consider what the reality of such a situation would be like.
These books keep getting better. I have to begin listening to the next one right away! I kind of wish Katniss would stop suspecting everyone of meaning her harm, but then again.....whom would she trust? And Peeta is such a great guy. I simply must know what happens to him.
I like Carolyn McCormick well enough. I can't say she is my favorite narrator but still she does an excellent job.
After seeing the movie with my daughters nearly a year ago and being stongly urged to read the series, I have finally begun these books. Just as my girls told me, this is a great book. There is a lot of action and suspense, and even though it is a young adult novel the author has written it so well that even adults will enjoy it. The narrator does a fine job, although I find her speech a little clipped which is somewhat distracting to me. However, her voice is clear and audible throughout (I have listened to books where the narrator gets quiet toward the end of sentences). I very much enjoyed this book and have already spent my next credit on the next book in the series!
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