Beaverton, OR, United States
Since the "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo",strong intelligent tech/geek women have been the female protagonist do jour.... I guess it's no surprise that Roberts has her own entry...in the form of Lizzy ( aka Abagail), a young woman with Mensa level intelligence who, as a teen,accidentally connects with the Russian mob, goes into witness protection, escapes the bad guys and is on the run from everyone for a decade.` etc etc etc.
This same type of woman shows up in "The Informationist ",( Audibles listeners choice award) and "The Breach" a sci-fi trilogy with similar female lead. Each of these 4 female protagonists is quite similar, they all have amazing computer programming and hacking abilities, are Chuck Norris with martial arts and Jack Reacher with knowledge of firepower . I wonder how many more versions of this clone will appear in novels to come......
The plot and character development are much improved over what Roberts has been phoning in the past several years--I've been picking them up at the used book store and have read just one book of the last 2 trilogy series due to negative reviews and personal experience with the initial book. I'm pleased that she put more effort into this book.
Roberts knows her readers, and knows what they want so even though this lead character is slightly different than her usual-still her writing remains the same. This time it's a more w take charge female protagonist and equally strong male protagonist who wants to take care of his little woman and bad guys who have chased after Lizzy (Abagail) since she was 17.
And while loyal readers will enjoy the better quality over the past couple of works, still this is a definite rip off of the Dragon Tattoo (minus the tattoo) main character. Still the writing is tight and crisp and plot is not quite predictable. It held my interest more than the last 2 trilogies did and worth the credit for those of us who appreciate Roberts when she's writing well.
Julia Whelan gives a very nice reading of the novel, bringing it to life and doing a good job of male characters voices...not overly dramatic or soapy.
All in all an above average listen to typical Roberts writing and plot.
I very much enjoyed listening to this narration of a great mystery. This was one of those books that seem written to be narrated for an audio book and the narrator was the perfect choice for it.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy mysteries
Book 2 in the Alli Reynolds series kept my interest as well as the first book. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this series, based in Sedona, AZ, though much of 'Web of Evil' takes place in Los Angeles.
The trials and tribulations of Ms Reynolds do get a bit dramatic but anyone who has dealt with the LAPD knows that "Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't hold much sway there.
Enjoyable, exciting and with an occasionally confusing story arc, I did enjoy listening to this novel and intend to purchase the 3rd and 4th in the series.
If you like dramatic storytelling this is a good series to start on a cold winters night!
I've read all the Beaumont and Johanna Brady books over the years-especially liked Beaumont's tough gritty cop and if you haven't read these now somewhat dated stories, they are still worth perusing.
I was interested in this new series and thought I'd try the first..and found it very enjoyable, written with Jance's usual tight plot intrigues and containing sufficient side story arcs to keep my interest as I recover from surgery..audio books are the best things for recovering in a nursing home where you share a room-can't sleep? Can't keep the light on all night? Get out the iPad and headphones and listen until you do fall asleep.
I've already purchased books 2 & 3 in the series, even though there are negative reviews, I want to make my own mind up about it.
Reviews to come.
Elle in Oregon
Although I have enjoyed each of the Simon Serrailler novels, from Hills tight plotsnto Paceys wonderful narration, this novel was the most gripping of all the books in the series in my opinion.
Based on up to date horriffic social issues that none of us really want to read about, Simon is sent underground into a dangerous situation fraught with perils where he is discovered as a spy. Any more info would create a spoiler and I don't want to mess up your excitement.
Simons family reaches situations that have been building over the past 4-5 books and placed in less than hopeful circumstances that not only tax Simon but threaten the peace had harmony we've come to expect from his sister and her friends who seemed to have reached some joy in their lives.
This may be the Last book, as many story arcs come to a less than satisfying end, but other new plot lines were brought out and the listener is left to ask herself "can Simon overcome the horrible situation?". And wonder what will happen next.
If you enjoyed most or all of the series do listen to this 2014 issued audiobook to become enthralled as you might have been with the first introductory novel.
I loved it and it's amongst the top 5 on my 2014 reading list.
Over a period of 3 weeks, while recovering from surgery, I have been kept company by the wonderful UK mysteries written by Susan Hill and narrated by Steven Pacey.
These take place in mostly current times, though I estimate Hill has been writing the series over the past 10-15 years so current events and tech has changed from "Dashing to a pay phone" to a 15 year old with a cell phone..In other words these aren't vintage novels.
Steven Pacey has a wonderful ability to bring Hills writing to life, especially when it comes to characters voices. I've listened to all 8 books and have come to know and enjoy the dialogue between Simon and Cat,the arguments between teen Sam and his sister that lead to anger and typical sibling bickering, and to know the stern father of the 3 triplets and his wonderful second wife-just thru Paceys intonation. Spectacular-especially with Paceys cultured accent that can swiftly change to Cornwall or Northern or Scott accents--how does he do that?
I've read negative comments about the series-not exciting enough, no plot etc. This hasn't been my experience at all.
Hill doesn't write shoot 'em up mysteries with American gumshoes and car cases. His cop shop is full of men and women who work hard and with diligence to discover the perp.
Try it-I bet you'll like them!
Well worth the credits
I honestly thought this series of 4 books was written 15-20 years ago..it seems to be a classic in her genre.
David Stuart is an excellent narrator who gave a typical and not always touching Roberts book a touch of class. Both the first and second book in the series are narrated by Stuart, the 3rd and 4th novels in the series are good, narration wise, but not of the same quality.
The 4 books in this series take place in the Chesapeake Bay part of the eastern seaboard, the 4 protagonists, all adopted step brothers whose early childhood years were those of abuse and terror. Novel 1, Sea Swept, tells the story of European playboy and fast car and/or boat driver Cameron Quinn. A man whose life is now one of supermodels, road races, winning tickets and a future of fun and sex. As I said...a typical Roberts story arc that manages to excite and enthuse readers.
However it turns out that this novel is of excellent Nora Roberts style and between the 3rd and 4th novels the quality remains 5 star
Written in the now predictable multi character style, Leaving Time is a superior work IMO. Picoult has written a few books that I couldn't get thru but this was an all night listen for me-all nite and into the next day in fact.
I admired the primary protagonist and really felt for her. The secondary characters, especially the young son, were equally well written, with lots of character development and family conflict.
Story arc flows beautifully from scene to scene-I'd give it more stars were they available.
This is a different kind of book-the only similar novel is one I read this year called "The Trustee of the Toolroom". Both are about different men who don't 'do' social very well and have no idea of the kind of impact they have on others.
In Ove's place, this surly and sometimes mean protagonist swears he hates cats but adopts a freezing cat. He meets the one love of his life and she keeps him mostly human until she dies. He begins to plan his own demise but can't seem to accomplish it because people have started to depend on him.
This is a wonderful listen and one of the best I've heard this year.
Narrated by 2 different voices, a man and a woman. I listened to Newberns narration and am tempted to purchase the other narration just to see how the feminine perspective changes the story.
Well worth a credit.
I was more than a little bored by the newest in Robb/Roberts 'In Death' series. Not a surprise as its the 39th book, which has to be a record setter maybe behind only Mary Osbornes 'Magic Tree House' kids series.
I had a difficult time keeping my interest, until the Christmas party-the details of the party were wonderful..I wanted to dress up and be there with everyone. Generally though I found the plot typical of many other 'in death' novels and wonder if it isn't time for some new story arcs for the characters.
I think the only character which has grown is Peabody and wish more growth was written into Dallas herself. Surely it's time for her to be able to remember when holidays are. The things that were cute or funny at the start, Dallas' dislike of PDA in Peabody and McNabb for example, have been going on long enough for her to get over it and move along.
I see some new characters-a new doctor in the coroners office who doesn't really like Dallas - I'm sure that conflict will rate a couple of books where they are forced to work together then finally develop respect for one another.
And isn't it time for Dallas to get over spazzing about Roarkes money? Or maybe it's time for me to quit buying these novels when they first come out.
In any case..except for the Party scene, this novel was a "Meh.......bland"
you'll buy it if you love Roberts/Robb anyhow so pay me no attention. I think I'm going to find one of her older novels to download and listen to..I notice Audible has quite a few of early Roberts books-books that really caught me up as a younger woman and which might be attractive to me now...
equals a fun novel to listen to. I laughed so many times while listening, and had a smile on my face when I wasn't laughing!.
Alexander McCall Smith is a new author to me, as is Robt. Mackenzie as a narrator..what a match. Great Energy of this author and narrator. I can't wait to listen to the second book.
This is a case where the narrator increases the readers (listeners) experience of the book.
I couldn't decide on a genre..romance? Psychological novel?, Lost Love? there are so many fun characters that you grow to enjoy.
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