United States | Member Since 2013
Appealing Plot & Characters
The relationship of characters Harding & Wu. Really love Wu in the Dismas Harding series. The changing nature of their relationship grabs me. He is impossible to not love. She is a riot, yet deeper and the reader knows it. I like the other female in his life and the way they relate, the dynamic of the three - which is real, and I appreciate that "things & feelings" change with the characters, as happens in real life.
He does his job well & stays out of the way. His voices for two key female characters varies well and consistently - a weakness with a lot of narrators can be with the gender changes - the voices for them. Colacci does quite well. Causes no confusion.
I had fun with it because of the characters - smiles & laughs. The plot had heavy features that were serious but no crying. And the flow was excellent producing adrenaline. These are clever crime mysteries/thrillers - all three genres apply.
Will read more books in this series especially if Wu remains a key character. I do not think one need read all of these titles in order. It is not hard to catch on in any book. However, knowing the history of the characters from past reads, adds to the experience. I am eager to read more titles in the series and primarily because of the characters.
I did actually listen to most of it twice, in 24 hours. It's a very-well woven story and it's easy to forget it's non-fiction and in what one might think would be a "heavy" genre. I did learn a lot and will forever think of vaccines differently. Much more than a personal choice.
She fits the writing and narrates with that flow that makes one forget it's not the author telling her tale.
This book reads a lot like a journal, a bit like mythology, a bit like philosophy... and it is a fresh take on a topic not often covered. It is never over-the-top on density. It is easy to understand without any "talking down" to the reader. Much more than I expected for what possibly does not sound like a fascinating topic. Excellent writing. Impressive detail attention to providing sources. Clearly well-researched yet presented in a captivating "story" style.
I would absolutely recommend this book. I literally could not stop listening to it. It's one of the best "page-turners" I have experienced in years. It reads like fiction while informing factually. The writing is also simply brilliant. The story is so well told. And there are, if one listens, some very witty lines interspersed in a serious tale. Actually a scary scary tale because it's not fiction.
This book is better than any fictional conspiracy novel could hope to be. No need to know the ins-and-outs of pharmacology of finances to follow and truly enjoy this book.
It is very well done. The next book I heard made me want her back again.
I've no idea why this book is on the top of many lists. I've looked for a good thriller for weeks and weeks and found it in non-fiction with this title.
No but would recommend other titles in the series
It could do well
Skip this one if reading series
Characters, location. Good plots not too intricate. Worthwhile easy listening.
Am gradually reading all titles in the series. Not too intense, just easy decent reads.
She is a very good fit for the lead character and does an overall good job. Pleasing.
Murder in Alaskan Wilderness
Not the strongest ever crime mystery genre series but has me listening to title-after-title
Educational yet well-told. Excellent writing and narrating.
The last chapter should be a major wake up call in the midst of an Ebola outbreak we cannot vaccinate in time.
Where are we now? Why are we doing nothing? This book indicated a true concern a decade ago. Why are we not vaccinating again NOW? It is too late once there is an outbreak and small pox is too widely held, too easily a terrorist weapon.
The first quarter of the book when the writing was impressive and character development intriguing. The narrator was wonderful throughout the book!
Too many that have promise and fall apart.
Joe, until I could not stand him another minute. Lesson? Quit when I know it has all eroded. Stop wasting time to see these books through.
It COULD have been really great. Perhaps it needed to be "a wrap" by the end of the third quarter. It devolved into sloppy writing and what seemed like unedited/proofed rewriting, some characters just disappeared others diminished. The plot became tedious although initially was quite thrilling. It felt as if the author had a contract to write more pages! Tortuously, he did. Predictable end. "It could have been ..." Another "if only... " waste of time – this title.
Probably as it was very well done.
Everyone could take away important lessons from this very easy to take-in book. Authors master the power of story telling as an excellent non-fiction approach to producing an approachable product.
Not Quite There--OR--Well Worth Reading
I like him very much.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to reading the next one. Made me think and was simultaneously a relaxing read.
Character development impressive. Real science and moral issues. Pace easy not an intense thriller so perhaps billed inappropriately (over sold) by publisher?
No. I read the next title in this series first and learned absolutely nothing in this book that I did not learn in the one that follows it. The newer book is also a better read just in general.The characters have been better developed and I like the characters; they are the strength of this series. This book is a waste of time.
No, unless I was looking to find new friends.
There were scenes?
I hope not.
I do not know.
Not sure but I liked him.
Yes but in half the time. It had a decent idea, characters are good but just went on-and-on without any accretive contributions. Would have been twice as pleased if it had been half as long.
Report Inappropriate Content