I'm a big fan of Elmore Leonard for several reasons; first and foremost of which is...fantastic dialogue! This is always what I look for first in a book. "Pronto" is no exception. It always feels natural when a character like Givens speaks. Even the non-dialogue passages sound like dialogue. Alexander Adams' performance feels perfect for this style, and Leonard's work in general. This is a fast paced listen, meaning there is very little wasted on needless prose. It doesn't feel like Leonard is TRYING to make his characters funny...they just are! Bing, bang, boom...good story, great listen!
Intense, imaginative, impassioned, impeccable, inconceivable!
This series is simply engrossing! It has quickly become one of my favorites along side Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Lynch's Gentleman Bastards, Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, and Flynn's Mitch Rapp series.
The despicable things the villain is capable of in this volume made me cringe out loud in my car, at work and in bed (while listening of course) several times over. Bravo to Maberry for being able to bring out such a guttural response!
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the utterly impeccable performance of Ray Porter. I'd listen to a reading of the phone book if he was narrating! Mr. Porter is the reason I discovered the Joe Ledger series in the first place. I searched for more of his work after listening to Power of the Dog by Don Winslow which, along with Code Zero, I highly recommend!
Average, aggravating, aloof, amateur, arrogant, arduous, adequate, Annoying!
I could not get past the phrase "I said nothing" overly-peppered throughout the book. I mean utterly doused, thoroughly riddled and repeated way too many times.
I'm a reader whose most important criteria for a good book, is good dialogue. So imagine my dismay with an author who, for whatever damn reason, be it for some odd quirk I don't understand or just sheer laziness, omits the potential for an exchange in dialogue.
I've read and enjoyed a couple other Reacher novels in the past, but I don't recall getting this worked up about their short-comings. Dick Hill has always been just OK as a narrator for me. He doesn't ruin a book, but he doesn't quite bring it to life either.
Grrrr! Mr. Child, just plain Grrrrrr!
Witty, weighty, whopping, widespread, wonderful!
After listening to this entire series several times, A Clash of Kings, Book 2 has emerged as my favorite of the existing 5. The one over-riding factor is Tyrion Lannister. The twisted monkey-demon has wit and cunning like a Roose Bolton...no wait...like a dolphin or killer whale writ small in a sea of numerous, lesser equipped beings.
Roy Dotrice, a fantastic narrator, and this series as a whole is the reason I "read" at all. I became addicted to audiobooks because of this series. I noticed several bad reviews about Dotrice and sure it's a tad annoying when he pronounces a name inconsistently once in a while, but that just lends to the organic nature of his performance. After all, there are 224 distinct characters in the 1st book alone! (Guinness World Record) His performance of the Late Lord Frey is one of the funniest things I've heard in any audiobook. His range is from various "common-folk" voices to haughty lords is impressive. I love him!
Convoluted, complex, crass, comical, colossal, comprehensive, crafty, colorful, cryptic, creative, contagious!
What can I say that others haven't?
This book, alone is why audiobooks are a big part of my life. It's where it all started for me. I've just recently finished my 6th listening (read it once too!) and I still discover new things about the story each time. I've spent well over 200 hours with just this book. That's more than the cumulative time I spent with my last girlfriend and there was a lot less drama with her!
I love this series! A Song of Ice and Fire is truly masterful work.
Gentleman Bastards is now amongst A Song of Ice and Fire and Kingkiller Chronicles as one of my favorite series (fantasy or otherwise) I've ever listened to. This is complex, adult fantasy and right up my alley. The narrator is a blast, particularly as Chains.
I take my 1 credit/month very seriously and spend hours and days reading reviews to make sure I get the most enjoyable experience possible. I would have gladly spent 3 or more credits for this book and each of the rest in the Gentleman Bastards series. I need more!
This is a dramatization of events that took place in and around Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War and I loved it! Normally I would steer clear of a novel like this, because I'm not very fond of the lofty prose that is prevalent in Civil War Era literature, but I'm glad I didn't!
As stated in the introduction, a more contemporary take on what the dialogue "might" have been like was applied with much creative license. This is OK, because I have been exposed to something that I may have gone my life without...a truly great work!
Good, not great. At it's heart, this book is a detective story. I was hoping for more of a military feel with lots more sniper activity.
Dick Hill is a good narrator, but sometimes I'm put off by his somewhat Shatner-esque delivery.
Got this book from a 3 for 2 sale, so I'm not disappointed with my purchase. However, I will probably not continue the series.
I highly recommend reading this book (and the others in the series) to find out what this code means. The concept of the bad guys is out there...wayyy out there, but I love that Cpt. Ledger's reaction is as incredulous as my own.
Ray Porter's narration is fantastic! I listen to everything I can find read by this guy.
Maybe I'm a bit spoiled, having listened to a lot of books narrated by the likes of Ray Porter, Roy Dotrice, and George Guidall, but I couldn't get past the deadpan performance of the Narrator.
If I couldn't understand English, and relied only upon the fluctuation of the narrator's voice to tell me this part was funny, or that part was exciting, then I would only be left with...blah.
The story? Ok, I suppose. It just doesn't stand out.
...on zombie books. I abhor the stuff as a whole, zombie/undead/etc., that is. But I love this narrator and I gave it a try. I'll pick up the others in this series and see if I'm still ok after reading lots of zombie material. What a great book!
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