Greensboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2014
First, I love the sniper characters. Some of the criticisms I read before purchasing the novel were complaining about Hunter's politics, which appeared to them as right wing. This surprised me and intrigued me because, as a conservative, I constantly ignore the left leaning politics of most all of my favorite authors. I thought surely even liberals cringed at the actions of Jane Fonda during Vietnam, Bill Ayers' terrorist acts and Ted Turner's loony, chauvinistic, and extreme obsessions.
Nevertheless, I give this one 2 stars due lack of cleverness, poor narration, (did the reader have a cold?), and very poor character development.
So what makes this one so good? Well there's quite a few things. It moves quickly and builds momentum as it goes. There is the impending sense of doom the reader faces in the lives of each character. The contrast between shallowness and depth of character, hard work and laziness, ambitition and greed, innocence and guilt that flows through virtually every chapter of the book. It is well written and extremely well read.
I cant help but compare this to The Count of Monte Cristo on several levels. To go further in the camparison would reveal too much. Suffice to say it is a very clever plot with a unique take and entirely new subject matter.
I cant imagine any fan of the mystery/thriller genre not enjoying this one.
From the first paragragh i was completey captivated by and invested in this novel. It had been in my wish list for some time though i wasnt sold on it until I read the review by Marci from Portland. Once again an Audible reviewer has guided me to a real masterpiece.
I compare this novel to the works of Cormac McCarthy, principally No Country For Old Men and All the Pretty Horses because Joy's sense of landscape and directness reminds me of those two great works.
The novel is wriiten in the first person. An 18 year old Appalaicia boy, Jake McNeely tells us his story in real time. His father is a meth dealer, his mother a junkie, yet from the beginning I felt assured he would prove to be a young man of great depth who would rise above all the troubles caused by his family's poverty, hatred and ignorance. The question is, will he?
Because it it is written in the first person the narrator is even more important. MacLeod Andrews is masterful here. Hes a young actor from Louisville, Ky. His performance was as good as any ive experienced on Audible.
Cashiers, NC has become a playground for our country's wealthiest and most powerful citizens. Its a small town Southwest of Asheville near the SC and Ga borders. Its also in the same vicenity where the fugitive bomber and murderer Eric Rudolph escaped a huge federal manhunt for years back in the 90's. There is a stark contrast within the area's population, something the author refers to throughout the story.
Top Author/Novel/Narration Combinations
(In no order, strictly off the top of my head)
McCarthy/No Country For Old Men/ Tom Stecschulte
Beautiful Ruins/ Ballerinie
Portis/True Grit/ Donna Tart
AW Gray/Bino/Joe Barrett
Cameron/ Midnight Plan of the Repo Man/ George K Wilson
Barre/Peter Pan/ Jim Dale
winslow/ DawnPatrol/ Ray Porter
Winslow/ Winter of Frankie Machine/ Ray Porter
Penny/ inspector Gamache series/ Cosham
Alders-Olsen/ Dept Q series/ Malcolm
Nesbo/ Harry Hole series/ Robin Sachs and now John Lee
Stockett/The Help/ lamia, turner and one more i cant think of...
Slaughter/ Coptown/ Kathleen Early
Berney/Gutshot Straight/ Ballerini
I wonder how many of us have actually read this clasic. Too many of us think we know the story from the movies, but I assure you it is far more clever, witty, complicated and suspenseful than any film rendition.
I had listened to another audio version of this book many years ago, but knew John Lee would bring it to life far better this time around. His timing, clarity, distinction of the character voices are excellent.
Do yourself a favor, listen to this classic and be taken away to the gallantry and intrigue of France in the early 17th century.
How can a WWII spy novel be unique? Ive read the best of them including the entire works of Higgins, Follett, Greg Ilse wrote a great one, Forsythe too. So I was skeptical and even a bit weary of the subject matter even though its been several years since i read a WWII novel. Cynthia's review tipped me this might be special, and i am so grateful it did.
For some of us, there are times in our lives when we experience a special relationship where the synergy of both personalties, self esteem, intelligence, ingenuity and drive creates something greater than the relationship itself. Ive seen and experienced it in sales, several friendships and in marriage. This is the story of two remarkable young British women who meet and work together just before the beginning of WWII. Individuallly they are smart and resourceful, though each is exceptional in different ways. They become best friends, but their relationship results in a much larger, more deadly force for Brittain against the Nazis.
The narration is eloquent. The narrative is sharp and funny.
This is a remarkable accomplishment.
I was taken back at the extraoridnary writing, as was arguably the 21st century's most gifted author, Donna Tart. She wrote a short essay at the end of this title in which she rightly labels this work a masterpiece. She's not alone. Roald Dahl called it the best book he'd read in a long time at the books release in 1968. She puts True Grit on the same top shelf as Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, and even the works of Poe.
Most of you will be familiar with this story because of the two blockbuster movies it produced. You may be tempted to pass on this because both movies were fairlly true to the book. Please dont make that mistake! Tartt rightfully points out that because of the success of the movie, ("which is good enough but could never do the book justice.") the book failed to be recognized for the classic it is..
Ms Tartt is a native of Mississippi and understands the dialogue and subtle diferences between the type of southern accents represented. Her narration is simply worthy of a masterpiece. Theres really no better way to put it.
This will always be one of my favorite audible experiences.
First the good news. The story revolves around a former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman of the 70s, infamous for jumping offsides on 3rd and goal in the NFC championship game, subsequently losing the game and the team's chance at the Super Bowl. (Hence the title.) He was further disgraced when he was convicted of Federal beef soon after. Once again an overzealous US Atty and his FBI minions over reach and over play their hands, providing plenty of fodder and mystery. Its a fun romp through the dark side of Dallas and the Federal Government's manipulation of laws under the guise of the War on Drugs in the late 80s- early 90s.
The narrator gives the main character a Bill Paxton southern accent with John Wayne's pace. I like both actors, but the result is that it comes across like the man is slow witted or brain damaged. Most of the bad guys, both redneck and black are way over done as well. In action scenes the narrator over does every sentance.
AW Gray's Bino series features great narration with perfect timing that enhances his characters and his remarkable wit. When the timing is lost, so is the humor.
I almost want to stop here. Moving Day was one the best and most unique audio book experiences I have had in years. And ive had quite a few.
A combination of irony, narrative, depth of character, a great story and perfectly timed narration is what makes this so perfect. For example in most of the other 5 star thrillers i am always attracted to the quick witted banter between characters. Here we are treated to a third party narrator taking us deep into the depths of each character. Remember the old Disney movies of real wild life where the only dialogue was the narrator walking you through each scene? Moving Day is something like that, only so much more in depth.
The motivation of the characters and the story itself is revealed through the author's use of irony. I actually word synced this book with kindle so id have it written form. I am just an avid reader, not a critic, but think the use of irony takes this novel from a great thriller to a literary classic.
In virtually every great book Ive read I fall in love with the characters and long for more of the same. That is not the case in Moving Day. I rushed to its conclusion and was as exhausted as I was thrilled. The depth of character was so dark, rich and personal i felt more like a voyer.
This is sure to be a popular movie, perfect for Eastwood or some other agiged superstar. Thats great for Stone, but i think the real thrill is in the reading...or listening!
Prime Suspect is the 7 th novel I have listened to by Gray and one of the best. Like the previous 6 novels, its sharp, funny, gritty and unique. Ive already listened to each of the 4 Bino Phillips novels twice and chances are I'll do the same with Prime Suspect. I am not sure why Gray's novels werent as popular as Connelly's and others, but I have no problem placing Gray among the best Ive read.
Prime Suspect definitely fits in the police procedural category, but it is more of farcical expose' on the short comings of procedures and our legal system. Heres what i mean.
A young, naieve contractor, Lackey Furgason is trying to seal the deal on an extravagant bath house addition in one of Dallas' wealthiest neighborhoods. He meets with the lady of the house and picks up a deposit check for $15000 and leaves. However, the husband has hired a killer to murder his wife. Naturally Lackey is a person of interest, but rape was involved with the murder so the husband is not a likely suspect. Instead of investigating the murder, the police are locked in on investigating Lackey.
The characters are wonderful, as is Gray's masterful storytelling. I felt like i was watchig a great movie throughout the entire novel.
The narrator was adequate, but i found myself liking the voices he gave to each character more the longer i listened. And he picked up the irony and comedy as well as anyone Ive listened to. So i give him 3 stars instead of 2.
This is a tough one to review. The story was really good, smart and funny, but as they say about humor, timing is everything. I get the feeling Cameron Stewart's timing and voices, especially of women, were so off and over the top i found myself cringing whenever he used them. If id read it myself i have no doubt this would get better marks.
It has everything to be a great police procedural. A likable though flawed, and smart detective. Great synergy between the police team. Good contrast between good and sloppy police work. Sharp wit and humor.
In the end i dont think its a waste of time or money. Its very likely to be a 4-5 star listen for most people.
Ive listened or read too many thrillers featuring great characters with almost super human abilities. I liked them all, but it seems to me Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, the Grey Man, etcetera have been too good to believe. So I purchased Black Site with some prejudice.
What led me to this book was the author's recent background as Delta member himself. It was a wise decision.
The hero here is a decorated, but disgraced combat veteran who becomes a drunk after he leads his team into an ambush. He's called back into action because he is expendable. What follows is a tough and gritty adventure that leads to his own redemption. It is an extremely accurate tale of espionage and warfare.
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