I really enjoyed this. I took a chance on it based on the reviews, and was glad I did. Although probably part of the last third could have been eliminated (it got a little long and bogged down before the climax) the ending was worth it. The ending was absolutely hysterical, and a great pay-off.
The title, 'Sick Puppy', was great, in that the story did indeed have an actual sick canine, but the same title could have applied to many characters in the book. Great story!
Roland Dahl for adults.
This was a very good book. I've always liked Laurie R. King, and her 'Folly' was one of my favorites. Although very different from 'Folly', there are things in common. Both stories began somewhat slowly, and things would happen that didn't seem to have any bearing on the mystery, but that in the end, were huge pieces of the puzzle.
Paris, and the 1920s, are beautifully laid out. And having just returned from Paris, it was like greeting an old friend. King's descriptions are wonderful and really bring the listener into that time and place.
A wonderful book, with well drawn characters, a compelling mystery, and a real view into a place and time now gone into the fog of time.
I couldn't wait until this came out, and it didn't disappoint. Some of the later Pendergast stories, although still entertaining, were a little to 'out there' for me. (This in a series that borders on the fantastic!). But this harkened back to some of the earlier stories. Corry Swanson, from 'Still Life with Crows' was back, and was terrific. The story was a great mystery, with all the twists and turns expected from Preston & Child, somewhat gruesome, but always interesting and riveting. I'd rate this as one of Pendergast's best. And as always, Rene Auberjonois IS Pendergast. The series wouldn't be the same without him.
One of my all-time favorite books, now in Audible. Terrific! Listening to this really makes you hear everything. Dunnett is an amazing writer, and Francis Crawford of Lymond is an amazing character. Subtle, smart and flawed, you never get bored. Queen's Play is a detailed look at the French Court and Lymond's time with them is mesmerizing and at times, hilarious. I found I got more out of the story by listening to it, because it forced me to hear every word. Although I've read this many times, I was hearing parts of this complex story that somehow I'd missed previously!
Dunnett's use of language is remarkable, reminding me at times of Shakespeare. It was fascinating to hear it read, with all the complexity of the quotations, accents, and languages.
Napier's narration was wonderful. At first I thought that he was too fast, as the action moves so quickly, it can be hard to follow. Yet as the story moved on, I found him to be perfect, as I got into the rhythm of his cadence. His accents, and his French, just added to the story.
Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series, and hope they add 'Game of Kings'.
John Sandfords books are always detailed, suspenseful, and full of understanded and sometimes incredibly funny dialogue. This is no exception. One of the more amusing entries, Sandford strikes all the right notes in what has to be one of the best takeoffs of the 'DiVinci Code' type adventure novel, set in Minnisota, no less.
The narrator, Eric Conger, is perfect for Flowers, and is clearing having fun with the plot that seems more out of a Carl Hiassen novel than the violent crime that Sandford usually portrays.
Compared to some of the very dark books that Sandford has written in both his Virgil Flowers Series, as well as the Prey Series, this one is very humorous (in his usual understated way), and very clever. Eric Conger brings this out in his style of narration as he goes through the book. The accents, the emphasis - everything is spot on.
I always like Sandford's books, but I do believe this is one of his best ever.
Still a timely, well told story. A great introduction to Pendergast and D'Agusta. A creepy setting with a scary monster and you have all the ingredients for a perfect Preston/Child novel. Still one of their best.
Great story done by a perfect narrator. The narrators slower delievery was a perfect fit for this kind of quirky story. Ive just finished listening to 'Christine', where the narrator was crisp and businesslike, and perfect for the story. Here, the sometimes clipped tones or slow drawls served to really emphasize the characters, and give the sense of unreality that the story demands.
Unlike other works by King, this one keeps the slightly off-kilter sense of the story reflected in the characters and in their words. The narrator captures this perfectly.
A Fascinating story with a slight sense of unreality and dreamlike quality.
I read this when it first came out years ago, and found it incredible riveting. Now, 30 years later, I found it somewhat heavy handed. The questions of faith and spiritual warefare are still appropos, and well handled. But the 'Universal Consiousness' as the big evil didn't age well. Basically, insert 'Fear of the Month' instead. Be it Islam, Communism, or Naziism (depending on the time frame), and you'd have the same story.
The narration was awful. It sounded like it was done with a tape-recorder at home. You could hear the narrator taking breathes, and echoing from the microphone. The women's voices all sounded off somehow.
Although I remember this book fondly, it really didn't age well, and defiantely lost some of it's impact due to the narration.
A so-so book in an excellent series. This one was clearly Lee Child's chance to vent about the wars he felt that the US should not be in. Heavy handed, and thinly veiled anger at current US Foreign policy, it was really Reacher as an obvious mouthpiece for Child. The plot was fine, but overcomplex for the final solution, and frankly, I found it boring.
Inexorable. Multi-layered. Depth.
Wireman. And Edgar Freemantle of course.
Beneath the Surface
A terrific book. Incredibly well written. The story seems so simple as it's being told that you have no idea how multi layered it is until near the end. Then everything that has happened, has a double meaning. Very, very well done.
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