Unfortunately, I felt this story was too long and drawn out. It just got boring after a while, even though it could have been much more exciting or suspenseful . . . or something. It’s a good story/plot but definitely not my Bryce Courtenay favorite.
I was disappointed with the quick ending which should have been the best part of the story if Courtenay had taken the time to write it! He leaves the ending implied, but what reader wants to interpret an ending you’ve been aiming towards after 28 hours? The ending was very unsatisfying and too abrupt. The focus of the entire book suddenly has no significance in the ending?
It is not a bad book though, and the narrator Humphrey Bower is fantastic, so it may be worth reading to many. Fans of Courtenay may love it. I did enjoy Courtenay’s “The Power of One” and “Brother Fish”.
I thoroughly enjoyed “Survivor” by Gregg Hurwitz.
It was quite a fast paced, exciting thriller. I liked the development of the characters, especially Nate Overbay. A very enjoyable read.
I have learned that Gregg Hurwitz has several really good books out there so I am definitely going to read more by him.
Scott Brick did a wonderful job narrating.
First of all, I did not like the narration performed by Dick Hill. It was either read too dramatically, or it was written like a soap opera and then read that way. Anyhow, the narrator did not help me like this book and I seriously doubt I will ever read the other books in the series.
I don’t think I liked the main character, Jack Reacher. To me he was too egotistical.
Oh no, I see that I also own the first book in the series, "Killing Floor", read by Dick Hill.
I guess I’ll give it a try and hope that maybe I’ll like Jack Reacher better in the first book in the series.
Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson, is a lot of information about the 17th and 18th century and the Baraoque world, but there is no background story to make it worthwhile to listen to.
It’s the worst historical fiction I have ever read . . . especially if I couldn’t waste my time finishing it. Lack of a plot is what killed it for me.
It was read by Simon Prebble who was excellent, and the best part of the story.
Sorry, but I just couldn’t continue to drag myself through it and have to rate it a 2 star story.
This book about a 21 year old high school dropout looser, Angel Crawford, was a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I wasn’t disappointed. I am not really a zombie or vampire reader, however, the book cover was so cool and it had so many great reviews that I finally decided to purchase it.
The author, Diana Rowland, is new to me and I enjoyed her writing style a lot. I also liked the narrator, Allison McLemore, and her southern accent. The story and the narrator were a perfect match.
I really liked Angel as I read about her struggles and the drastic changes she was going through and what her personality was deep down inside. The other characters in the book were excellent too.
Great murder mystery, great writer, and great narrator! I am looking forward to listening to the second novel in the series: “Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues” and I am glad to see that Ms. McLemore will be narrating it too!
I love the “Outlander” series. It was fun to get back into the story again with all of the historical facts and details and characters we all love.
The story does not really come to an end, so she’s got to be working on the next book #9 in the series!
I am only rating this 4 starts because Roger, Bree and their family are a big part of the story, and I could have done without that since my favorites are Jamie and Claire and Ian. The surgical details were disgusting, but very interesting. Also, there was way too much sexual activity in the story that I feel Gaboldon could have done without.
Davina Porter narrated the novel perfectly and I am so glad that she continues to narrate the series.
Lone Survivor, written by the only survivor of Operation Redwing, Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell, was EXCELLENT.
In the story he shares with you his Texas background, his SEALS training, and the Operation Redwing firefight that he survived on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
I feel that his experience deserves to be told, in addition to learning about those that lost their lives that July of 2005. I am glad that I read it!
Kevin T. Collins did an great job in narrating the story.
If this novella was supposed to lead me towards reading the series, it didn’t . . . but I did enjoy the narrator, Amanda Ronconi. She did an excellent job. I also enjoyed the free southern recipes that the author, Molly Harper, shared at the end of the story.
The story really goes nowhere, but it’s a cute Christmas special. It's probably the type of novella Half Moon Hollow Fans would enjoy.
Other readers have liked Molly Harper’s novella "Undead Sublet", so I might give that one a try, if it is free like this one.
I tried once listening to this Peter Hamilton science fiction novel but did not like it.
It’s been quite a few months since that attempt, and I thought I’d try it again. Sorry, but after a second try, it was still terrible . . . especially the narration by John Lee. Reading the book myself might have been much better than listening to John Lee's narration.
It was like a grand space opera that I couldn’t stand to sit through any longer.
I could not find interest in any of the characters at all. They didn’t have personalities. Then you add John Lee’s narration to it and it goes downhill quickly. It was so unsatisfactory, that I just could not force myself to even finish the book.
I do NOT recommend it.
I had purchased the The Potato Factory trilogy by Bryce Courtney all together. Even though I especially didn't like the 2nd book, I just finished reading the 3rd book, Solomon's Song.
Unfortunately, it was disappointing, especially the ending. I feel that he didn’t really bring the story to a close, even though I was so happy that it was over!! I would have liked to have learned more about Ben's sister, Victoria, during the story. It would have also been great to see what was happening with the Potato Factory and Hawk while Ben was at war.
I have always enjoyed Bryce Courtney's books in the past, but not this series.
The narrator, Humphrey Bower, was excellent though.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Adrian McKinty’s crime fiction Troubles Trilogy “The Cold Cold Ground” (2012).
The second book “I Hear the Sirens in the Street” a Detective Sean Duffy novel, was not as good as the first, but does move the story along. It definitely kept me interested. I liked the way that McKinty set up the atmosphere where Duffy and the other characters lived in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.
I also liked the little addition of the DeLorean subplot of the sports car plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland and DeLorean’s troubles with drug dealings.
Overall, it was a good mystery and I am looking forward to the final book in the series, “And in the Morning I'll be Gone”, which I see is currently available from Audible.
The narrator, Gerard Doyle, was EXCELLENT.
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