Eye-opening, jaw-dropping, mesmerizing
We all are aware of the economic divide in American society today, but this book exposes the differential way our legal system treats the rich and powerful vs. the poor and disenfranchised. Taibii is enough of a journalist that he can paint the broad strokes with amazing statistics, but bring the story to life with personal stories, interviews, and e-mails.
Very conversational style, brings the story to life. I thought it might be boring, but this book I could not stop listening to. Sometimes the sarcastic tone seems unnecessary.
Comparing US legal system to that in Russia: there might be one set of laws, but they are disproportionately applied. The appalling rate of incarceration among urban blacks. The police state in large cities, such as New York. The locker-room mentality of wall street criminals. The terribly sad fate of so many poor people with no resources to fight injustice. The fact that some public defenders seem to have no understanding or sympathy for those they are assigned to defend.
The author has a point of view- if you don't agree with him, you will probably not enjoy this book. I agree 100%, and it was wonderful to hear it so well articulated.
Yes- narration enriched the story-telling and brought the characters to life more than reading from the printed page could invoke. Pacing and pitch were perfect.
Many, many- was brought to tears several times. Although the story is well known, the author introduced many different layers of contemplation.
No, but I will definitely look for them.
Yes- listened in every spare moment. May listen again.
For those who liked "Unbroken", this is much, much better. The story is incredibly rich, on many levels. Author does a miraculous job of interweaving personal stories of 33 miners, their families, and the rescuers. Insightful and profound without straying from the real events and statements of the participants. One of the best "literary non-fiction" books I have ever read- on par with John Krakauer's "Into Thin Air".
There is no one else like Dick Francis. I continued to listen for 9 straight hours without losing interest once. I love how he introduces a new setting for every mystery- this time it was the production of a film about horseracing. I appreciate his straighforward prose which propels the story forward and introduces interesting characters without expounding unnecessarily on background. Dick Francis' stories always have the right amount of tension and violence without gratuitous blood-letting. His hero is always smart, strong, and courageous while still seeming vulnerable and sympathetic. There are no loose ends in a Dick Francis mystery- the riddle introduced in the first page is answered by the final page, and many more besides.
Chasing the knife-wielding assailant in a jeep.
The scene with the wild horses on the beach pulled it all together for me. Before that, the title was a clever pun.
No, but very entertaining escapism!
My only complaint would be about the female characters- while written to be strong and independent, their behavior does not exemplify those traits. Also, I don't believe the female victim would have acted in the way that the mystery revealed (can't say more than that without spoiling the ending).I don't understand the comments about the narrator for the first 3 chapters. The narrator was excellent throughout.
Tana French is certainly a good writer and a critics darling and I liked the social context of the novel, but the male characters were all mercurial and unlikeable and the female characters all fairly flat. I did not want to spend 15 hours with this family! Much of the dialogue was pure sarcasm, got old fast. Many of the plot developments seemed totally implausible, it was hard to stay engaged. I've read 2 of her other novels, so I know not to expect a tidy procedural with all the mysteries tied up in the end, but this one left one murder still unsolved.
Main character could have been more witty and charming to balance out the anger and rage.
No. Loved his soft Irish brogue and lovely singing voice. 2 of the male characters sounded a little like John Wayne- I didn't understand his accent there. Women were pretty unrealistic.
Anger at the ridiculousness of the characters.
Probably won't read any more Tana French. This one was a slog.
While the mystery kept me interested, some of the interview scenes were very tedious (ex/ "Why did you do that?" "Do what?" "That." "This?" "No, that.") The family scenes seemed like unnecessary filler.
Realism is important, but the lack of justice in a murder mystery breaks an implicit agreement with the reader that the killer will be caught and crime and corruption will be overcome, if just for one fictional case. In this case, the true criminals were not brought to justice. One of the reasons I don't care for many of the male mystery writers (especially the Scandinavian authors) is the tendency toward sexual violence which propels the hunt for justice. The last 2 Donna Leon mysteries I have read have also fallen into this category. I do not want to read about rape and torture in an escapist novel.
Does not do so well with the 14 year old daughter, and Guido sounded much older than the character in the novel.
Didn't want to listen to a child's voice
no no no no no no no no
There may not be a better mystery writer publishing today. Mystery is well plotted without resorting to generic formulae. Characters, setting, and context are brought to life in literate prose. Rural Northeast Pennsylvania, with its methamphetamine labs and hydrofracking wells and contrast of newly rich landowners and down-and-out renters was richly described.
Winter Bones, which brought the backwoods of Mississippi onto the big screen in a frighteningly realistic way. This book would make a great TV miniseries, like True Detective.
Henry Farrell was the everyman- impossible not to relate to him.
Total immersion. Love a book that takes me to a new place and introduces me to characters I feel I already know.
I understand this is a debut novel- I can see the seeds have been planted for sequels, and I am looking forward to them!
This is more appropriate for a young adult (teenage) audience.
Teenage girls should be a little more mean!
Did each character well- easy to tell apart
Yes- short and sweet
Interesting characters, plot moved along with secrets revealed at a rapid clip. Interesting subtext about racial, gender stereotypes. Everything came together nicely at the end.
Barely noticed his performance- all the accents were very realistic!
Light entertainment, but exceptionally well done. Fans of CSI-style forensic police procedurals may be disappointed- this is more of an Agatha Christie style pursuit of psychological deficiencies and motives for murder!
Charles Rosenberg- possibly
Christopher Lane- absolutely
Oscar doing push-ups
Started with a great hook- high price corporate lawyer stabbed in the back on the 85th floor of an LA office building. From there, the" idiot plot" unfolded: if the main character (another corporate lawyer) acted like a reasonable person, the next 7 hours would never have happened. There was one dope-slapping decision after another, which made sleuthing Agatha Christie style to guess the "real killer" totally impossible. Eventually, I turned off my brain and went along for the ride, which wasn't boring and eventually wrapped up nicely.
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