I thought that this novel was good. I didn't care for King in print, however, I thought that the book flowed rather well in audio. The difficulty was actually having the narrator get to the end of a sentence. Admittedly, she is probably better than I will ever be at narrating a book, however, I am not paid to do so.
The book: I found the characters interesting if not entirely believable. They seemed to keep their internal/book truth, so that works for me. I thought that the plot was interesting. A bit stretching my credulity in human nature, but that's what books are for.
But the narrator...Her voice was VERY pleasant. Almost like the voice of the air hostess on the flight to Chicago. So even, so slow, so deliberate in it's pacing and emphasis that there were points where listening became a painful exercise, a great desire to move beyond what was NOT happening and get to anything else.
I suspect many people do like this narrator, and other readers may do so. Again, the voice was very soothing and pleasant. and so slow. and so deliberate.
Do I recommend this title? Yes. Give it a whirl. I will probably try at least one more to see if I can get beyond the narrator.
At least it wasn't as bad as Innocents Abroad (worst narrator ever)
I have avoided this book and its predecessor because I generally avoid "man wrongly accused" However, this book was really fun. It had the return of a number of fun characters from earlier books (always a pleasure) and there was resolution.
These books are somewhat formulaic. I don't actually mind this. there is enough fun to keep me interested. I enjoy the development of characters from book to book. I enjoy the bizarre internal logic that the authors keep.
Some of the later books in this series have parts that move grindingly slow. I didn't find that in this one at all. There was no point where I just wanted to cry because I couldn't flip through the pages and ignore the boring stuff.
I highly recommend it.
So I've started buying books because Jim Dale narrates them. I think that he is genius. He is easy to listen to and once I have heard the story very easy to fall asleep to.
I am a grown up and this is a book for adolescents. So, fair enough it doesn't totally speak to me. BUT overall, I like it.
I liked that the characters were nice kids who try to do the right thing but don't always. I like that the situations were fairly realistic within a fantasy realm. I also liked that it was true to it's own world (in other words, don't tell me people can fly and then later the villain can't fly.)
I liked this so much that I am purchasing book 2. What I do hope to see more of is some more character development. There is some, but there could be more. Don't tell me, let me see it unfold. The book just also seemed to move from one action sequence to another and we're dribbled out back story and not most of it. I understand that there should be some suspense but that should come from the story, not because we don't know the characters.
I would recommend it.
It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.
The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.
How many books were in here? How stupid is Barbara Havers? If you can't stand characters behaving so stupidly that you can't believe they can find their own feet in the morning this book is not for you.
I have read all of the previous Lynley novels. Loved most and liked all.
This one is not for me. If you have little patience for gross stupidity (yes, I know I've already said it but it can't be said enough) then this book isn't for you either. If you like people who screw up and do stupid things - hey, give it a whirl.
I cannot believe that I wasted so many hours of my life on this.
There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?
I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!
If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!
The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.
Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.
This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.
My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.
I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.
This book perhaps had a decent story in it somewhere. It started out promisingly. The female lead seemed like a strong character and like she had a good sense of herself and what she wanted to know and do.
Then the story continued. She is probably one of the weakest female leads ever. Her actions have no logic from one chapter to the next. Is she strong? Is she weak? Is she just a girl who needs help from a man.
Supposedly a wealthy powerful woman, she certainly does some very stupid and unfeminist things.
The basic plot is decent. No real surprises as we move through the plot.
If you don't mind an unevenly drawn group of characters and flawed plot, this book is for you!
This was a cute little novel. There was a fun mystery. The characters were "wacky" and "way out". There were ghosts.
This is probably a great read for many mystery fans. It's light. Which is actually what I really enjoyed about it. I don't require serious reading and deep and meaningful themes in my murder. However, the kid was way too annoying. Please. Either our heroine is the worst mom ever (with the worst relationship with her own mom) or the kid is, well, annoying (to repeat myself.) I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, but trust me, children who act like that one (and who are encouraged to act that way by all the adults around them EXCEPT the mother) have issues. And why does the mother allow these people to hang around? Oh, wait, she can't help it.
Perhaps if the heroine had taken a bit more control of her life instead of always being "forced" into the actions of others. I could have thought of 15 ways to not have gotten into some of the stupid situations that she faced. Sure, Monday morning quarter-backing, but hey, I didn't write it (and yes, it is certainly better than anything I could produce-it's cute).
But I wanted more. Or perhaps better. Better character development. A plot line that really made sense with regard to motivation.
I actually, despite the problems, do recommend this book. It is an easy "read" and a bit of fun. I just don't think that I can continue with the series.
I was not sure what to expect from this novel. I often grow impatient with "getting to the story." The beginning held a lot of good exposition that was helpful later.
This is not high art. However, it was fun. I really liked that, [SPOILER ALERT?] "man wrongly accused" is threatened early on in the book that the author does not take us down that well-worn path of laziness.
I found that the book had a good pace, decent character development, and the ending did not leave me unhappy in the least. It was a conclusion, a reasonable one with regard to the "inherent truth" of the story.
I recommend it.
This sounded like an exciting book. A good serial killer. An exciting read.
Basically what I got was an attempt at socially acceptable erotica, an attempt at a meaningful relationship (mother/daughter, lovers, exes), and faux mystery/thriller.
Our top cop is perfect. He is sensitive, strong, smart, rich, handsome, understanding (mostly) and perfect perfect perfect. Our heroine is tortured in her relationship with her daughter (who of course is a Broadway star with constant Hollywood offer - excellent ones that she's not allowed to take and not even allowed to discuss with her parents.)
Frankly, I am shocked that a trained therapist would so disregard anyone's feelings that there wouldn't at least be discuss with regard to such excellent opportunities for a move forward in a profession so obviously desired by the child.
These people, their problems are cliché.
The serial killings merely a backdrop attempt at some erotica (vanilla) followed by death.
Not my thing.
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