Great Life Story
I thought the info on his military experience was honest and gave some insight into what makes Garner Garner.
At times I thought Jim Garner was telling the tale - not a narrator.
My strongest reaction was probably shared anger at some of the jerks that Garner met with and had to deal with along the way.
I loved this - I have been a huge fan of his work, and while I often felt he was playing himself - not really acting - I always thought he gave his audience way more than their money's worth!!!
A fascinating history and analysis of what it was like to be alive in the late 1700s and early 1800s - how slavery was just one of the many ways we could be "owned" - indentured servitude, apprenticeship, or impressed into crewing a ship. How the emerging forces of freedom and liberty began to take root. I learned a lot - and learned a lot about Melville. Now have to go back and read Moby Dick - and read a couple other of his works for the first time.
I guess I just do not get it...
I tried hard to like SOMEONE in this book - but came up short on all of them
I knew of Nevil Shute only as the author of "On The Beach" - book and movie that I liked - but found rather depressing. I had also heard that the car racer in the story was a bit autobiographical - Shut took up racing after he moved to Australia.
But this book is so different. A very well written story of a man who takes his responsibilities seriously and does what needs to be done - not because he will benefit directly - but because it is the right thing to do.
The theme really connected with me in a time when so many seem to be so concerned with what others will do for them. Kieth does for himself - with a lot of help along the way from others who he meets - and impacts along the way.
The narration was great and I could not believe the story was over - it was very good and will get me to sample a few more of his stories.
I went in to this with pretty low expectations - not even sure I would stick with it to the end. But by the end of the fifth chapter I was hooked. Awesome characters - not just Dr. Siri, though he is one of my favorite "detectives" after just one book.
Cannot recommend this highly enough and now looking forward to the rest of the series.
Probably - but not for a while. I actually went back a number of times to "re-listen" to stretches - got lost on names and events and such
The death scene - that happens more than once is obviously the key to the whole thing
As the book draws to a close - the end of the third part - Watson reveals both his strong will and sense of humanity - the desire to be someone - to make a mark - to be more than just a human - but the realization that in the end being human is the best we can aspire to.
No - too complex - I needed to ration this out - 2-3 hour chunks. It all ties together and works very well - but I needed to time to reflect and sort out things.
Yes - will probably listen at least one more time. I have enjoyed several earlier titles the second time through and would think this would be no different. The stories are so entertaining and George Guidall nail the narration. Entertaining and fun...
I love the interation between Walt and Vic - so the exchanges between them would rank right up there.
Able to get me to visualize all of the characters.
When if became clear that things were not going to come out totally "fine" - that things had explanation - but that the explanation was not particularly pretty - and that there are bad people - and bad things out there that we sometimes cannot "fix" or "solve"
I did not give this book as high a rating as I have other Longmire's - I am struggling a bit with the whole plot line that continues from Serpent's Tooth. I also thought the overlay of Walt's grandchild arriving was a bit forced - as Henry noted - why not get on the plane - go to Philly and take care of that - then come back and deal with things in Wyoming.
It was an enjoyable listen - and not bad. But I am such a huge Longmire fan I just kept finding myself a bit "bored" by Joe Pickett. Not his fault - or C. J . Box's.
The plot was well thought out and well executed - felt like the story line held together very well - made sense and seemed possible.
Yes - the changes in voice were close to perfect and made it easy to follow.
I actually was thinking how good Timothy Oliphant would be in the Joe Pickett role - but he is already busy. Yes it would seem to be a good candidate for either TV or Movie...
I would put Stormy Weather - and probably pretty much anything by Hiaassen in the top 1/3 of Audiobooks - the plots and quirky characters just seem to work in this format.
Any of the other Hiassen Florida focused books - including Strip Tease and Double Whammy when we were first introduced to Skink
The boat "rescue" of the kidnapped hubby...
As someone who now [again?] lives in Florida - third time is I hope the charm - the culture - or is it sub-culture that Hiaasen knows so well and describes with a sense of humor and astonishment is very real - and part of what makes Florida an odd - but romantic place to live.
A better story
A better narration
Something plausible in the plot
Really should not try and do German accents - comes off as cheesy
Can't think of any
I am a pretty easy hook for the Tom Clancy - Greg Isles - Brad Thor kind of book.
Alex Lukeman really has a long way to go to get in that league - doubt he can ever do it.
The Clancy corp books at least hang together - this is silly...
1. The Director of the Project is a woman - who we know nothing about - who seems way out of her league - is she an equal opportunity hire - what did she do to earn her job?
2. Early in the book the same Director loses her NSA clearance - BUT SHE HAS A DIRECT LINE TO POTUS - maybe she should pick up the phone and call him and get it reinstated.
3. We are expected to believe our hero can step right in to join POTUS's security team - REALLY?
4. We are expected to believe that two bombs that are small enough to fit in books can wipe out a mall and a city block worth of real estate. Find that very hard to believe. A gym bag maybe - a back pack - but less than a pound of something?
5. And then we are expected to believe a bomb can be planted below the site of POTUS's speech - I kinda think that we would have had that area gone over with a fine tooth comb by a security team in the real world.
6. Finally - the whole dream - sight thing is silly...
Just wish I could have the 3 hours back - thank goodness I can crank up the speed on my iPhone to 2.5...
Oh yes - it was a great experience - but it is so rich in detail I feel like it will be a must to revisit in a few months
Well I have three. Philip is a great character and is the thread that holds things together - involved in most of the major events and a solid man of faith and principles. Tom the Builder is the tragic hero - gets things done and makes things happen - comes as a bit of a surprise when he meets an early end. Ellen is the heart of the story - she is someone I came to worry about and care about.
I love audiobooks - and even the bad ones are great IMHO. But this is a very long story and I found myself so totally immersed in the story that I stayed up later than I planned just to get to the end of a scene or story - and turned it back on in the morning over coffee to make sure I did not miss something - I never do this. Mr. Lee is one of the best - will keep my eye out for more of his work
William is an awesome villain - I don't think you can have a story like this without someone to root against - and look forward to them coming to justice. He is evil - but still very believable - something that is not always easy to pull of.
I found myself doing a lot of Googling - learned more about this time in English history - Knightsbridge is not real - but much of the framework of the tale is.
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