I admit that my experience is different than most. I played professional golf on the mini-tours and internationally before there was a Nike or Hooters tour, and when you had to make the top 60 to stay on the PGA tour.
Nevertheless, if you have any interest in golf (and I quit 30 years ago), the fleshing out of individual sagas is very compelling. Feinstein gets into the minds of the up-and-coming and those trying to hang on, and this is what makes it a great book.
This is the first book of a trilogy about Michael Forsythe. First, let me say that I have listened to nearly a hundred audio books, have experienced some excellent narration, but no reader can come close to Gerard Doyle (although Mark Hammer as Dave Robicheaux comes close). You truly feel that you are listening to Michael doing a first person narration.
The story line has been summarized here, but I would add that, as another reviewer writes, this is not nonstop action. To my mind, that is a good thing, as McKinty is masterful at describing both people and scenes. Usually I also want something with a fast pace, but in these three novels I enjoyed "smelling the flowers" along the way. Again similar to James Lee Burke.
As to the entire trilogy, the first book sets up the characters and narrative for the third and final book. The second book, The Dead Yard, is OK, but really doesn't seem to belong to the first and third very well. Not a waste of time, but not as great as the others. To me, the most satisfying of the trilogy is the last, The Bloomsday Dead, but your mileage may vary.
You will not regret the time you spend with Dead I Well May Be, living for twelve and a half hours in the life of Michael Forsythe.
Actually, to be really contrary to those who don't find this Burke's best, this is probably the best audio book I've listened to, out of at least a hundred.
I generally prefer action and dialogue over descriptive writing, but Burke's descriptions of both characters and the various parts of Louisiana are perfection. I also think Hammer's narration and handling the various accents is fabulous.
Finally, I'm also not generally a fan of mysticism, but Robicheaux's sojourns with the Confederates had me enthralled and only added to the story. All in all, this made me actually look forward to driving to work.
I downloaded this with a little hesitation, being fairly familiar with dark matter and dark energy and their effects upon the expanding universe. I had some trepidation that this would simply rehash information I already had. Much to my delight, the book really dug into the politics of science and the scientists involved in the race to discovery. Sure, many of us know about Gamov, Wilson, Penzias, COBE, hyper novae as standard candles, etc. What made this a great read/listen was learning about the two teams racing to discover those hyper novae, who and how the teams were assembled, the different approaches, and such. Contrary to George's review (and he has every right to have wanted a different perspective), I enjoyed this book thoroughly because of its look at the human and political side of science.
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