This might have been a bit more tolerable if I was doing on paper. I am happy to say I am writing this a few weeks after finishing this and can't remember specifics about why the narrator was so annoying but he was. The book itself reminded me of a stock-character-laden bad TV show...which I think this was based on. Not horrible but if you have time you should find the other 467 audio books I have bought. This might just barely make my Top 450. I have only rated 5 or 6 with one star and maybe 10 with 2. Kinda' like Wanbaugh without the humor.
Pretty much everything. Harry is more like a person than a number of real people I know. Best was maybe how he invested in someone. Maybe how he is mellowing a bit.
I am not sure 'edge of my seat' is right but that's not a complaint. There were plenty of unexpected twists. I liked having two separate story lines going.
Harry was my favorite. I saw someone somewhere rate Titus Welliver one star for this. I'd give him 6 if I could. I have 1428 titles now and I bought 66 this year. I have heard everything by Michael Connelly since I started. Titus Welliver would have been perfect for Harry in the beginning but Len Cariou was also perfect. He was just first. If we can't have Len then Titus is great. My favorite all-time reader is George Guidall but even he could not do Harry justice like Len and Titus.
Sure...One sitting...or tiny little sips because now I know I have to wait a while before another of my " Prayer Review " authors has another release.
I am going to go see if Titus Welliver has any titles I have missed. Shame on anyone who didn't think he was great for this.
A Wonderful Life.
I liked the whole thing so much I don't know how to answer this question.
It was him. It felt like he was talking to me.
I didn't know his history beyond the work so it hit me when he began talking about Nancy in the past tense at a certain point in the book.
I wish he had only covered half his life so we could have another book.
Engaging, Interesting, Entertaining
Kip. It was like watching a series character's arc all in one book.
Joe has that voice that makes you think very little about who is narrating. That is a huge compliment for me. John Keating was a good addition for the Irish piece because faking it would be worse if Joe did it. Audio books are like movies in my head. It's great when I am engrossed in the performance and don't notice the director being "artsy". This was that.
If I made the film...maybe..."If you liked Gone Girl you'll like Gun Church" And you'll wonder why the book wasn't bigger.
I'd love to see a film made of this book. My title was to thank Robert B. Parker's estate for hiring Reed Farrel Coleman and giving me a list of books to buy. This book should have been huge. It was for me.
I believe I have read or heard all of Stephen Frey's books. This one is just over the top silly. It's like he dropped a jumbled Rubik's cube on the floor, it bounced a couple times and ended up with solid colors on all the sides. And Luke Daniels? When I got to the end I could not believe it was Luke Daniels. Usually he's just fine. This time I think the best was to describe it is to say 'imagine a couple 9-year-olds playing Batman'. It wasn't quite bad enough to return or quit on but near the end I was thinking 'Please, God, just let it end soon.'
I was so worried when the estate began announcing various writers picking up Dr. Parker's series. So far, every one has been worthy. This is no exception. It's a bit different than some of the others in that it is longer but that's a bonus here. The best compliment I can think of is that I can't tell someone else wrote it. Naughton is perfect as Jesse and overall and as with Ace Atkins on the Spenser series I am now going to see if Reed Farrel Coleman has a back catalog. If you miss Robert B. This will make you feel better.
This may appear again now and then.
Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.
Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads.
Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.
This book is a joke. Thank God for the return plan. Preposterous events and characters. Terrible performance. I liked Stephen Frey's prior work but this is just bad...
JUST BE CAREFUL... I automatically, instantly buy anything by Michael Connelly so I didn't realize I burned a credit for a book that was priced at 2.63 since it was only 50 minutes long. I am pretty sure they'll let me pay cash retroactively but better if you know ahead of time. I HOPE this is like last time he did this...the Short story was released a few months before the new Bosch novel. I just can't find any data on when it is coming...here or on Connelly's site.
I might end up doing all of them again. All of John Sandford, I mean.
Absolutely. There were SO many characters doing so many things, some expected and some not.
That f*ckin' Flowers, of course.
I almost cried when it was over because I had nothing half as good lined up. I laughed a number of times but I think my favorite was Chapter 23.
I think I may be ready to say John Sandford is my favorite writer ever. Definitely my favorite one still working.
David Ellis' story
Yes. I didn't find myself anticipating as many elements as I usually do after over 600 Audible titles and thousands of books before those.
Usually I like Luke Daniels just fine. His ONLY, but HUGE, error in this book was Joel Lightner's voice. I have read or heard all of David Ellis' books. I think he would agree and Luke is in danger of becoming a joke like Scott Brick if he keeps doing that. And Tanya Eby just wasn't needed for this book. She wasn't horrible...except every time she did a male voice. It was also a distraction to hear the same character voiced by 2 readers.
Oh, not really...it was just a really good story.
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