What a let-down. After listening to hours and hours of details on a possible suspect, the author would just say, "I knew it wasn't him," and move on. Then the case he made for who he thinks was the Zodiac is so thin that I wasn't convinced. I was really disappointed. I'm not a detail person in the first place, and to go through all those details and then not have a satisfying conclusion was a real bummer! The narrator was great with his matter of fact low bass voice. He was a perfect match to the material, but even he couldn't make something out of nothing. I don't recommend the book.
Well, this story is geared more to teens. I like a lot of teen fiction, and this story is enjoyable, but it's a story that has been told before. The narrator does an excellent job of creating teen angst with her voice. Nothing new here,very predictable, but good entertainment for the commute.
There is so much new information in this book! I remember when the news came out, and I followed the story pretty closely since I had been a high school teacher for awhile. The author humbly admits his mistakes as a reporter on the case, and he exposes the many errors of the news media and the police response to the crisis. His analysis of the two boys is masterful. I was especially interested in the psychological insights into the two boys. It certainly changed my understanding of what happened. The narrator does a fine job of telling the tragedy with proper gravity but without talking in a monotone. This is a must-listen for those of us who deal with teens on a regular basis.
I am a native of the area of Texas highlighted in the book, and I've been fascinated by the historical details given in this book aside from the deeply interesting story of J. Frank Norris. The author does a great job of keeping your interest while outlining the background for each facet of the story. The narrator is impressive with his different voices--however, I don't think he's actually understood the difference between a southern accent and a Texas accent. He makes the guys sound like southern gentlemen instead of rednecks! I highly recommend the book. It's a great listen.
I haven't come across a series I liked so well since David Eddings' Belgariad came out in the 80's. It's great to read a series with so few objectionable elements. I loved the characters, and the action is just non-stop. Each fantasy has some way for special people to have super powers. This is the first one I've ever read where everyone except the hero has super powers! That is just the first of some really interesting twists on standard fantasy fare. I immediately bought the whole series and then sent the books to my sister. I highly recommend the whole series.
What a hoot! With the recent inundation of vampire and werewolf stories, I have become a bit jaded with the subject, but Gail Carriger puts a delightful new twist on the material. The story was a little racier than I like to read or listen too, but the characters and dialogue are hilarious. I loved Emily Gray's narration--especially her Scottish werewolf accent! She made the book even funnier. I definitely recommend it to people over 20.
I am really enjoying Brandon Sanderson's work. This first book of a new series has many interesting characters and a completely new idea for individual super power. The idea of ingesting different metals and then "burning" them inside to heighten senses is an amazing concept. I enjoyed following "our heroine" and was firmly in her camp from the beginning. The narrator does a lovely job with the different accents to keep the many characters separate. This is good escapism fantasy.
I have loved the Paksennarrion stories for a long time and am so glad to find that Elizabeth Moon has come back to this world to tell us more. The change of narrator was an enormous help. That poor woman who did Oath of Fealty nearly ruined the book for me, but this new narrator does a good job. The book has good pace and is setting us up for Dorrin ruling old Aere--it's just so much fun! I can't wait for the next book to come out.
This story about a beast hidden in the depths of a museum that comes out and murders people (because it has near-human intelligence), is a new kind of fantasy for me. I'm used to magicians and quests, but this outlandish treatment of the theory of evolution is a hoot. I have to say that I could do without the bad language. I imagine the authors thought the F-bombs would increase the suspense, but they just made me cringe. There's enough suspense in running around a dark museum with a creature chasing you to do it for me. The story is fun, but kind of silly, however the narrator is amazingly good. I kept on listening in spite of the bad language just because I was enjoying the narrator so much. This is a great book for commuters. It will absolutely keep your mind off the annoying traffic without making you think too hard.
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