This was my first Anna Pigeon "read" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting for this one--the caverns in Carlsbad--is unique, and you get to learn a bit about rock climbing as well. Good mystery.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book, even better than the Shopaholic series. The main character, Emma, is sweet and funny, and actually responsible with her money! She works hard and is trying to get her life together, despite her non supportive family, and then she spills all her secrets to her (unknown to her) boss. The twists the story takes are mostly believeable. It's easy to see how Emma could get the wrong idea, and she is strong and takes a stand for herself. I really enjoyed Emma.
I can enjoy a wild story, but this one was so far out that it was annoying. First, a lot of time is spent with Michelle's break with reality and exploring why she is suffering from depression and has a suicide wish. This has nothing to do with the main story except to bring in a psychologist who plays another role. Second, Sean and Michelle are supposed to be experienced investigators, but are so stupid and gullible. And then there is the ending. I won't give it away, but it is completely implausible. The description of the plot of the book makes it sound much more interesting and intriguing than it really is. I did listen to the entire book, but it certainly won't be one that I listen to again.
I have always enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's books, until now. The plot in this one is rather thin, the accents are bad, and the FBI agents come across as slow and stupid. The main character is smarter than the FBI agents. I made it through the whole book, but his others are much better.
I read these books backwards--starting with "shopaholic ties the knot" and proceeded backwards to this one. I thought "ties the knot" was hilarious, but in this first book Becky is little more that a compulsive liar, who only lives to buy stuff she doesn't need and then wonders how she spent so much money. I really just wanted to smack her and make her tell the truth. So annoying. Skip this one and just read "Ties the Knot."
I have enjoyed all of the Anna Pigeon series, but this one just goes too far. The story starts out with potential--missing children in the National Park, but then deteriorates into something like a Steven King novel for about the last 3 hours of the book. I won't give it away, and I was on the edge of my seat, but it was more gruesome that I wanted to hear.
This is my first "Shopaholic" book, and won't be the last. I found myself laughing outloud while listening because of the crazy way Becky Bloomwood thinks. And her shopping trip right before her best friends gives birth is priceless. I did get rather frustrated with Becky's lack of a spine--not being able to make a decision, or stick with one when she finally made it--but for the most part I found this book a very enjoyable diversion.
I discovered DeMille about a year ago and have since listened to everything I could get my hands on. I thoroughly enjoy his writing style, although some might call it slow. The plot of Night Fall can be explained very simply, but in the book DeMille takes us through Corey's thought process and includes great descriptions of everything going on. I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is that I love about his books, but they just suck you in and I can't stop listening. Plus, Corey has a great sense of humor.
I am about 2/3's of the way through this book and am seriously considering not bothering listening to the rest of it--something I have never done. There is way too much dialogue about global warming and this and that data. I totally agree with the other review and this book seems to be just a way to put forth Crichton's peronsal opinion and propaganda. One of the main characters, Evans, is really annoying and comes across as very ignorant (don't think it's meant to look that way.) This will be the last Crichton book I bother to "read".
I'm about halfway through this lengthy audio book and only now have become accustomed to the nasal British accent of the reader. His voice is not one I really enjoy listening to--much of the reading sounds very stilted and forced. As for the story, I have found myself daydreaming while listening and when I start to pay attention again have missed little. There is far too much reminiscing about life 30 years ago that has nothing to do with the story. Now, at the halfway point, the pace seems to pick up a bit.
I have heard a number of Anna Pigeon novels, but found it hard to keep track of the characters in this one. You do get caught up in the intensity of the fire and their suffering, but I couldn't keep the people straight as to who did what, etc. The murder mystery part of the plot isn't as interesting as in her others.
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