I mostly enjoy the Alex Hawke series and this one was ok. Seems like thriller writers got together and all decided to use the Chinese as protagonists for the last 2 years or so.
For whatever reason, this one was bouncing back and forth between a few three story threads all the time which got sort of irritating. When it started to flow together about 3/4 the way through it finished well.
I can never quite get into John Shea's performances. It was ok, but it seems like he's done better in the past. Something about his Stokely Jones really grates on me. His job was made easier because his main Chinese bad guy and his daughter all speak with British accents. Ok, but not great.
I always seem to buy the Pike Logan books on sale hoping for better. I'm not sure if it's the narration or the writing but from time to time it seems like a comic book. Yeah, Pike Logan is a macho guy. I get it already. Once the author establishes how cool and macho the team is the story gets better.
After struggling through the first 4-5 hours, the story seemed to gain traction. Maybe I finally got used to the alternating narrators which made it hard to track who was who. I've had audiobooks with male and female alternating, but younger and older male voices doing male and female same characters every other chapter was not really useful.
I really like the Harry Bosch stories. This one is more of the same. The aging detective story makes good sidelights to the main story.
I get that Titus Welliver plays Harry Bosch in the new Amazon series (which is pretty good but not great) so it's natural to have him narrate this book as a cross promotion thing, but compared to Len Cariou he's just not nearly as good. He's pretty monotone and doesn't do much to differentiate between characters at times.
Bottom line, if you like Harry Bosch, this is still a very good listen, but more for the story than the performance.
Meh. There are some good things about this installment. The characters are engaging and the storylines are pretty good. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through and it plods along in spots.
The thing that is sort of irritating in spots is some forced "speechifying" that was in the first two installments, just not as obvious as it is here. It's like when a TV show wants to make a point by the plot, but they stick in 5 minute dialogue or soliloquy at the end to make sure the dim-witted get the point before it's over.
That and the gratuitous sex scenes get a bit cringe-worthy at times. It seems like there's a timer in Follett's head that says, "Time to insert another graphic scene whether it makes sense or not." Par for Follett, but it seems forced at times.
I thought the overall storyline was interesting, but to have Nathan McBride drag around a 12 year old on his harrowing adventures in constant danger seemed pretty reckless for a trained operative. Be ready to suspend your disbelief.
I'm not sure if it was the performance or the dialogue in the text, but sometimes the 12 year-old heroine sounded like a 5 year old and sometimes she sounded like she was 25.
This being the third Nathan McBride audiobook I've listened to, it finally struck me what I find problematic with Dick Hill's performance. He sounds old. Generally I like to think of the narrator in my head as being about how I'd imagine the main character. When I hear Dick Hill do Nathan McBride I hear someone more like an old grizzled detective than a younger, in his prime, special ops guy.
But, overall, worth the credit.
Interesting story line with lots of twists. You don't usually get an ancient artifact story in rural Minnesota. Plenty of interesting characters.
This is the third Virgil Flowers audiobook I've listened to. I just don't like Eric Conger as much as the narrator of Sandford's Prey series. The narration is just average. If you're from Minnesota, both Conger and Ferrone's occasional hatchet jobs on local place names will cause a chuckle.
The plot itself was pretty good. Plenty of action and suspense. It was a curious book in that Greaney spent time exploring the character and motivations of the main "bad guy" and not nearly as much about the Dom Caruso, the main hero. I would have liked to know more what makes Dom tick. As it stands the book made him pretty 2 dimensional.
I really liked the early Cotton Malone books, but the series seemed like it was losing steam into just being "ok" and formulaic. I found the story line here to be well paced and engaging. I did find the big historical secret to be a bit of a laugh-er, but if you can suspend your disbelief and stifle some giggles and focus on the spy story and intrigue aspects it's an enjoyable ride.
Scott Brick does his usual solid job. He's not my favorite but he does a good performance, but I do always struggle with his representation of female characters that always sound the same.
I think the story line was pretty good although it was a bit one dimensional with very few surprise twists. In the end the cliche "Love is stronger than hate" bumper-sticker meme was written in a way that it seemed pretty forced.
Usually when I dislike a book it's because the narration is flat. In this case, the narration is over-wrought and overdone. It made the final confrontation very hard to listen to because it seemed so over-the-top. I've heard this narrator in the Jack Reacher series and he was ok, but in this one it was a hard one to listen to. And he does Hispanic characters especially poorly in this one to the point it almost made me chuckle.
I abandoned this one about an hour and a half in. It was just a stale recitation of multiple murders in LA over a several years. I was expecting a murder mystery.
The narrator was below average. Just not interesting. In fact, quite depressing.
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