The book is okay as far as stories like this go. Some of the transitions and resolutions of events could have been better told, but if that is how it happened, then that history is probably the truth. What REALLY ANNOYED me about this book (and why it gets it's 1 star rating) is that Dave Williams was the winner of the $3.5 Million at the WSOP, and John Finkel had NOTHING to do with it.
John and Dave are both Magic: The Gathering players in 2000. That's the similarity and the connection, they didn't play together "for years" and Finkel didn't teach Williams to play Magic. It's like giving Jason Schmidt credit for Barry Bonds hitting 73 Home Runs in 2001, (both players were in the same sport "baseball" and on the same team that year)
I guess I just find it disappointing that this book was so misleading from the outset. I do not recommend it for the same reason I would not recommend only reading 1 side of any history....it's (at best) biased, and at worst, lying.
Scott Brick, as always, turns in an excellent read. But this book is not as true to Tom Clancy's style as I would have liked. It started out fine, but in the end just kind of petered out.
I'm going Mark Greany continues with writing Clancy's characters. Because when John Ryan, and Ding Chavez et all are gone for good, I'll be sad. I'm sure Greany will improve... or at least, I'm willing to spend another credit on hope.
I must admit, most of Mr. Archer's books follow a pattern, but this series takes it to the nth degree. Basically, this book is the same as the rest of the series, but I'll finish the series just like all the rest of you, because I have to. Like it or not, Archer makes you want to see what happens to his characters next.
But to tell you how I feel about this book, I am now listening to, "The Screwtape Letters" so I can get some reality from my fiction.
it wasn't a great Alex Delaware story and kind of just ended. If you've already got most of the series, it's not a waste, but it's not a great portrayal of Alex or Milo.
The narration of this story was excellent, had it not been, I might not have stayed. I like good antiheroes, but this book has a very complex set of events happening in a VERY short time.
admittedly I generally listen to Mystery short stories, in glad I got this one instead
The story had potential and I'm looking forward to seeing if this is the start of a second Grimoire chronicles. part of me hopes yes, part of me says maybe the beginning of the third trilogy... I love the books, but this story seems to start character exposition for the purpose of rushing in and by the time you're halfway through, it feels like it's rushing to get to the end. The only characters (including the demon and the robot) that I had good pictures of in my head were the ones that came from other books.
had I paid less than $2 for it, I might not have been disappointed. But at twice that price... I definitely feel it could have been better.
Pinchot, as always, proved a brilliant narrator. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.
I may never buy another Grisham book again. This was so formulaic that my brain ended the book 4 hours before the poor narrator. Please try not to blame Catherine Taber. I'm not sure she wasn't fed up by the end
What wasn't wrong with this story. Grisham had informed us that coal regulation is slipshod and practically in the pocket of big coal...gasp!!! Say it ain't so!! This story is almost an amalgam of every other Grisham book but with none of the drama. And the end is as close to Deus Ex Machina as possible outside the science fiction genre
Could've been worse
I've learned through this book that John Grisham doesn't have it anymore.
Seriously save your money/credit. The only reason this got 2 stars is because I averaged 1 star for the story with 3 for the narrator. Poor woman didn't deserve to be treated like this.
Well the most enjoyable thing was the investigation of an interesting man with a long and quite historic life. John Hay was a part of some of the most important events in US History and his place in those events makes for an interesting read. There is a little too much speculation in this book for my biographical tastes, but given how many of Hay's letters didn't survive I guess that's understandable
What I liked least is that by the time Mr. Hay became Secretary of State to Roosevelt, I'd just had enough of hearing about his unrequited love, his friendship with Adams, his treatment of his family. It makes John Hay VERY human, which I appreciate. But he was Human for a LONG time.
This is my first one. As a biographer, I'll say this much....he's thorough
If this was a movie it'd likely be on HBO or PBS like the Adams documentary so I'd likely see it when it came to Nexiq
This book is just badly written. I have read most of the sources which the author quotes, (Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Whoever Fights Monsters, everything by BSU leaders Russ Vorpagel, Robert Ressler, John Douglas) as well as a great deal of the professional literature and I was actually offended by the use of these works as sources for this dull, incomplete, and poorly written (timelines are wrong etc.) narrative
I seriously doubt it. This man is an English Professor and has no Psychological or Criminal Justice credentials that I can find. He talks about the rise of the commercialism of serial murder in the US in the 1990's and all I can say is he speaks from experience since this book was written not to enlighten, but to cash in on a certain genre.
The narration was fine, it's hard because when a narrator is given garbage, it's sometimes easier for your mind to blame the voice
Anger....that I wasted a credit on it.
Do yourself a favor. Don't buy this book. You are better off reading Ann Rule (and I don't say that lightly)
I love the fact that these haven't disappeared from my library like some other books have. Douglas Adams wasn't only a brilliant writer but is a brilliant reader as well. I definitely prefer the Holistic Detective Agency to Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. But it's still Adams, so what's not to love.
The Scene in the Coffee shop
I love listening to Adams read. There are great narrators in the Audio world, but Adams (like Gaiman) is one of the few Authors who you HOPE are reading the book that they wrote because the love of their characters and their stories come through so well in the telling.
I always want to listen to anything written and read by Adams in one sitting.
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