Exciting, suspenseful, with a healthy dose of sadness in regards to Gabriels life struggles and the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East
Gabriel, as always. He's a fascinating, complex character who walks a fine line between righteousness and ruthlessness, inherent in the work he does
Yes, as always with Daniel Silva"s books
I've read half the series so far and look forward with great anticipation to each adventure. I do, however, get frustrated at times with how the readers mangles Hebrew words!
Terrific plot build
Why, Sookie, of course! A strong woman who's not afraid to be vulnerable, and fiercely loyal to those she loves. An independent, pragmatic woman who somehow manages to roll with the myriad types of punches she's hit with. Without her, no story!
Johanna Parker's dynamic reading of all the Sookie books, but especially this one, brings the characters to life and holds my attention to the end. She really does justice to Sookie and to the stories. I never thought I would enjoy listening to books as much as I do reading them, but I have to say not having a physical book, and hearing the story as if watching a play, brings a whole new dimension to literature I hadn't expected, freeing my imagination to develop a mental picture quite different than when reading the physical book. Ms Parker is one of the best readers that Audible has. I don't remember learning how to read, I think I was born doing it and have always been a voracious reader, and prior to joining Audible thought of recorded books as somehow inferior. But performances like Ms. Parker's have broadened my reading horizons and, in a way, given me a taste of what vision-impaired or learning disabled individuals experience when they "read" audiobooks, a very freeing way to access literature (though I would understand they might disagree with me). It's just a very rich experience. I will look for other audio books read by Johanna Parker, and can't wait to start listening to the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Tough choice, but if I had to choose one besides Sookie, I'd have to say Bill Compton. If a vampire can be empathetic, sympathetic and ruthless at the same time, that describes him. His appreciation for history and culture also bring great depth to his character. I'd love to hear him talk about the transitions he experienced in our country's history, plus his emotional pain at having to leave his wife and children behind when he was turned moved me deeply. Having lost my spouse way too soon, I could identify with his pain. How does one survive that and not go crazy? Grief and survival have made him a very complex character, to say nothing of his continuing love for Sookie.
This book starts out slow, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Yes, Sookie's day to day activities dominate the first part of the book; after all, no one could constantly live at the frenetic pace some readers have come to expect in the series. Even for vampires, werewolves and fairies, life has its day-to-day requirements to survive. Nevertheless, I feel it was evident early on that there was going to be a slow but relentless build to the climax of this book, and I was not disappointed. Without being a "spoiler," I just want to say that the end of this book left me breathless. It paved the way perfectly for the last book in the series.
Perhaps, though I don't tend to read books more than once
Love the interplay between Kincaid and James
Yes. I try to save my Audible books for my thrice-weekly walks, as its an investment for me on my limited income, but I had to discipline myself not to listen to this one start to finish in one listen.
Deborah Crombie is, in my opinion, right up there with Sue Grafton, Dana Stabenow, Daniel Silva and Ken Follett in her/their ability to catch me up into their stories and hold my attention from beginning to end. And the reader of Crombie's books for Audible, Jennie Sterlin, is the perfect voice for her novels.
boring and depressing
yes, i generally like his writing, so this poor example was a big disappointment
none, but I love John Lee's reading
where to begin? Better to not have written than to leave it so badly unedited
I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth and genuinely wanted to find out what happened to each character. Unfortunately, "World..." was boring without end! If I have to work that hard to get into a story, the author has failed. I did not finish. Wish the return policy had been in place before I realized I'd wasted my credits.
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