Anderson, IN, United States
First, I write few reviews, generally only if I like a book. I don’t enjoy complaining about an author or reader. So I don’t. You can sense the “but…” coming.
But … I wonder if Baldacci ever visited WV? If he did he apparently felt condescending to the state. It seemed like an elitist’s attitude toward WV. I don’t live there, but travel to WV a lot. The ‘feel’ of this book about the people of WV is that they live dull depressing lives under a dark cloud of coal dust. He gives the impression it is a gray state with no joy. It is the few rich and almost enslaved common people…
When I visit, I have found people of joy and beauty, and who have grace, common sense, and are intelligent.
A stereotypical hero and an unfair stereotype of the people of WV.
Baldacci has done better.
These Inspector Gamache mysteries always carry me. This inspector who observes everything and who is part philosopher, part psychologist, part theologian always carries me with him. The other characters seem very real, I care about them, like them, don't like them ...
It's almost like canoeing on a slow river. As I travel along I enjoy the trip, wonder what is around the next bend, but enjoy the pace. I both wonder why I like these books so much, and cannot wait to hear the next one.
This book ... is all of that. There is little I will say of this book for fear of telling too much except here is that ride again. An excellent plot, themes that cause me to think, and a story that compels.
I'd suggest starting with book one of this series.
This is the deal with Stephen King doing a (retired) detective novel. He just might let evil win. He just might let a horrible thing happen, and then happen again. He just might ...
It's a good story. It is well written. There was a point in the book that for the first time ever I just turned it off and let it set a few days. I just KNEW what was coming and just did not want to experience it yet.
It would be wrong to tell you if I was right.
I admit I was burned out on Stephen King. But with his recent books I am back. I am just not always ready to listen to the next chapter.
I REALLY like Dean Koontz I think of him in two ways: the EARLY, and the LATER. He has developed into an author who writes a great story, fun characters, and with snatches of brilliant thought. Odd Thomas;Life expectancy;From the Corner of His Eye are great books.
It's my own fault for not researching, but sometimes books on audible give the impression they are newer books. I'd love to see the original date published in a more prominent clear place.
This story simply feels under developed. If Koontz were to re-write the same plot today it could be a brilliant story.
Originally it was written in 1984 under a pseudo name.
The thing about this book is that it's hard to tell you why it is so good -- without telling you too much. Very well planned story, performed well, and the characters... The characters! Lisa Gardner has this mystifying ability to put you in the mind of the characters. If you only think about their actions it's hard to decide who is hero, villain, good, or bad. But she takes you down the road of their thoughts, their past -- and there is compassion for people who could be a villain in another book. It's odd, compelling -- and such an interesting story.
I agree completely with the review that suggested reading/ hearing "Say Goodbye" first. Another great, if painful story.
I have come to completely enjoy the Anna Pigeon series. She is hero, smart, impulsive, full of flaws and makes a great character. Barbara Rosenblat IS Anna Pigeon -- the perfect voice.
There are two different storylines in this book and both had my full attention. Whichever storyline -- I wanted to hear more and wanted to get back to the other storyline.
The characters are as important as the plot, and this was the best of her other books. And the other good books were excellent.
First, really nice plot line. I wanted to know what happened next. That is always a good sign isn't it?
Lot's of people seemed to dislike Newbern's reading. It gave the feeling of people who carried a cloud with them. You can decide for yourself if that is exactly true - or not. If true, then his reading was fine.
What influences us most in this journey of life? It just might be all that we carry that has gone before. The past always lives... That is as important as the challenge we face today.
Theodore Roosevelt was a president that I always liked and was never really sure why.
This story of his last great adventure was totally unknown to me. The story itself is gripping. Millard used the story to flash backward and forward in history to give snapshots of Roosevelt and other characters in this story. The snapshots were almost always interesting and gave a better understanding of the characters.
It was one of the best listens of the last five years for me.
The positive: the story!! It's powerful in telling. Amazing in the sense this could be the story of a man who was president. Enlightening in helping me understand how people of the period and of different cultures think. All of this done in a very engrossing story.
Any cons? Well, sometimes I wondered if the dramatic moments might be a tad overstated and at the same time thought perhaps not. In a few sections I thought the author gave me too much side information -- but that may reflect more on me than the author.
I listen as I run, and I can simply say that I put extra miles in the week I listened to this story. It was a fun plot with characters I came to know and enjoy (Porter did a fine job of narration).
Was the story believable? Well, only if I suspend reality. Did I learn lessons for life? Thankfully not at all.
But what fun in a completely impossible adventure that 'everyday' (strange but everyday) people find themselves in. The plot was new and fresh, it was not easy to predict, well written, and just the right tone of real in an unreal plot.
So if you take it for what it is -- a fun listen -- I think you'll discover 14 is a 15.
By the end of this book I was convinced Ms. King's understanding of Holmes is what Conan Doyle would have attempted had he known the great detective would become so popular. In fact, I think he would have aspired to rise up to this quality. The character development, plot line, and understanding of the period was brilliant. It was an interesting journey surrounding an excellent plot. I am looking forward to the second in this series.
Holmes is not the Holmes of Watson's view. Though he is. Just as different friends see you differently.
Ms King brought new life to this old friend. Mary Russell is a great character, and a new friend. She is not perfect. And in all the appropriate ways.
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