This is not my first Conroy. Far from it. I read my first Conroy as a summer reading assignment before my 8th grade year. I made my first basket at the age of 8 when I accompanied my father to the basketball court one Saturday morning because I wanted to play on the swing set just off the court. But as we were headed home I lobbed one into the air per my usual ritual... only this time it went in. I made him take me back 3 times that day and so was basketball.
I bought this book the day it was released and realized Coroy would never write anything so dear to my heart as this tale about the south and basketball. My sport. My author. My south.
And so I purchased this audio book to listen to on the treadmill because I knew the prose and the competitive spirit of the boys from that team would push me forward when I didn't want to go. And it worked like a charm until the narration began and I realized that the narration had let down my south.
The author's home town of Beaufort South Carolina and the majestic city of New Orleans are mispronounced at every occasion. And each time it took me out of the narration.
The book is amazing... but it's a far better read than listen.
It's bad fan fuction. I'm getting from the other reviews that this is not the best book of the series to start out with and maybe I'd have more apreciation for the relationship of senior Sherlock and his child bride if I'd read the others... But Holmes's child bride helping him find his previously unknown granddaughter? That's the stuff of bad fan fiction. It may be "to be continued" but I won't be continuing.
Patterson has a bad habit of telling the same story over again in multiple books. This isn't a story he's told before, or at least not in my memory. I figured out the twist relatively quickly but I enjoyed watching the protagonist work it out.
This is a solid effort especially for RNP fans and not as political as some of his books tend to get.
There was no mystery here. You know all of the big reveals a long time before they are revealed to any of the pertinent characters. And each one of these reveals are made in first person confessions. It is all told rather than shown.
I felt like all of the action in this book was people thinking about their crimes or their planned crimes rather than seeing them doing anything. It left very little room for intrigue.
If you like soapy storylines with lots of twists and turns and baby daddy drama, this one is for you. If you tend to eye roll at that sort of thing skip it. I think this would have made a better read than listen because the narrator was distracting.
Anette Gordon-Reed's book is a long and well researched work. Parts of it are very informative. However, she puts a lot of thoughts into her characters heads which may be fine when talking about Jefferson or Martha Jefferson Randolph who left many many many letters to be poured over and analyzed.
The Hemmingses have no such record and while I didn't always disagree with her assumption about what they were thinking and feeling I did often think it was pretty presumptuous. I don't profess to know the thoughts of people in complex living situations who are living today... much less ones living 200 hears ago.
Coben fans will enjoy another of his twisty mysteries. This is not a Myron Bolitar novel but it does feature a few crossover scenes with Win and brief mentions of other Cobenverse regulars.
For non Coben fans it's a quick read/listen mystery filled with twists and turns and unique characters. It's a good listen.
I like the book. I like the look at the Civil War period from the perspective of the slave. I like the richness of the characters.
I thought the narration was well done except for the three occasions where German characters are being narrated. The narrator has an odd accent for them. It sounds more Jamaican than German.
It's a very small part of the book so I can't say it had a lot of impact on my enjoyment but it was odd each time and if you are a stickler for accents it might be best to avoid it.
I wasn't expecting a book this dark from Jasper Fforde. The characters were interesting. The post apoctolypitic world was intriguing and I honestly eagerly anticipate another book in this series. But the darkness caught me off guard and it wasn't what I was looking for when I picked up the book.
If you are expecting a less silly book than I think it's easily a four star book.
I loved the narration of this book. I can see how some people would find it dull but I was interested in all three stories going on within this books. It's a slow moving work but that is because you get wrapped up in so many facets of peoples lives.
It wasn't my favorite of the Thursday Next novels. It wasn't my least favorite. If you are unfamiliar with the series you should start with The Eyre Affair. If you already know and love the Next series Fforde doesn't disappoint here.
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