First, this is mild in terms of sci-fi or fantasy.
Second, in my opinion, this belongs in the young adult category. Some hand holding, kissing, reference to spending the night together, but nothing graphic.
I was engaged for about two thirds of the book. Then it got lame, like the author lost his muse. I was vested in the characters, but many just withered away.
When I am really into a book I can listen for up to 6 hours per day. When it took me 4 days to listen to the last three hours, I knew it was really bad.
The narrator did an admirable job with the material. In fact, he's probably the reason I trudged through to the end.
The narration is well done. Having different narrators for the main characters helped tie some things together.
However, I found the "everything is connected" theme too wispy for me. I did listen to the whole book.
There are several places in the book that the listener/reader isn't sure who Jo Nesbo is talking about. These mysteries are resolved, but it is difficult to write a review and not give any spoilers.
Of course Harry has survived. The previous book left us wondering if it was the end of the series as Harry was so badly injured.
His survival and new lifestyle make the personal part of the book. There is also, of course, a string of depraved murders with much gore and several possible perpetrators. Previously introduced "bad cops" and a young woman intent on creating a scandal are woven throughout. We are once again left with a cliffhanger ending.
John Lee, as always, gives a stellar narration.
Do read the publisher's summary.
I did listen to the whole book. However, if it had been longer, I might have abandoned it.
The story line is imaginative, but the development is unpolished. The author repeats basic information over and over. I found it annoying as if readers are forgetful or stupid. The jumps in time are awkward and many of the "suspense" scenes are incomplete.
Tanya Eby is an excellent narrator and her performance is probably what kept me listening.
This book, to me, is very predictable. The main character's profession is unusual, but the rest is pretty formulaic. Patients are dying, the police are focused on Alan Gregory and nobody else, and the "love interest" seems indifferent, The author lets readers know early on who the prime suspect is. I felt that the author was dragging it out, making it more difficult for me to finish it.
I won't pursue the remaining books in the series.
Dick Hill did a professional job of reading the book. The performance was not outstanding nor terrible.
Once again Carol O'Connell has written a winner.
This book is full of murders, mysteries, and villians. Each twisted character has a history and motive for mayhem. It unfolds in a theater around a play that just can't get through and beyond Act I. Every time I thought I had it all figured out a new motive or persona would appear. Mallory et al, each of them with their own dysfunctions, patiently work through it, sort it out, and bring about a satisfactory conclusion.
Barbara Rosenblat did an outstanding job of giving the various characters their own voices, maintaining the characters throughout, and even adding emphasis to some annoying behaviors.
I have listened to every book in this series, in order. Steven James' writing style and Richard Ferrone's narration are both pleasing.
However, Richard Devin Bask is too prevalent in this book. He has been in the background for much of the series, springs into the main plot in the last book, and is now on the loose again. Personally, I am getting sick of hearing about this guy.
The real sad part of this is that there is a secondary plot that could have been expanded to a whole book. It seems that the research on counterfeit prescription drugs is well done and the story line is plausible. I am disappointed that it did not get more emphasis.
I will probably listen to one more book in the series, but my earlier enthusiasm is waning.
Please read the publisher's summary.
Once again Lauara Lippman has written a well thought out book. Her characters are believable and their interactions seem normal. However, there is much more going on behind the scenes. For Heloise, her well ordered life, preparations for any threat, protection of her son, and contact with persons from a previous life all seem to be under control. However, there are forces picking away at them. As she plans to transform her life and the threats become apparent, she must resolve all of the pieces.
Linda Emond, as always, gives an excellent narration.
I love this book! The backgrounds and eventual teaming of the man and dog made for a "feel good" story. Suddenly, while invesitigating a massacre, they really step in some deep doo doo. Lives and careers beyond their own are threatened. The satisfactory resolution wraps up all the loose ends.
The narration by MacLeod Andrews is well done.
As usual, I recommend that you read the publisher's summary. Often there is more information than I would give: I really try not to write spoilers.
This is a mystery with murders and murderers literally coming out of the woods. I find it interesting that Cork O'Connor, no longer in law enforcement, is the "go to" guy for every agency and mercenary in his area. This story has twists and turns that kept me guessing until near the end. Also, new inforrmation is added about Cork's personal life, the Indian reservation, and the casino. This book seems to pick up where the last one left off, but it can easily stand alone.
David Chandler's narration includes voices for the different characters and he remains consistent with his portrayals. This is a good performance.
I enjoyed listening to most of this book because I am interested in science and pollution. Also, Blackwell adds personal information and often writes in a humorous manner.
This is more than just look at the polluted sites. He interacts with the locals, all of them surprisingly adapted to living with their situations. In some places there is ongoing coverup which he tries to circumvent. In other locations the pollution is blatant and the locals are immersed in it on a daily basis.I was not aware of some sites, some sources of pollution, nor the extent of the problems. Compared to the size of the problems, there seems to be little effort to stop/clean up the messes.
I was a bit weary of it all by the time the book ended.
Ax Norman does a great narration of this material.
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