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Of the more than 200 titles I've listened to through Audible, mostly in the mystery/thriller genre, The First Deadly Sin has made my Top Ten List. It doesn't matter that it was set in the 1970s. The plot, character development and flow of the story made me forget this was a 25-hour book. I could have listened for another 25 hours. If I had one criticism it was that the conclusion was somewhat anticlimactic. But this criticism is a minor one. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Jeffery Deaver based several of his "evil characters" in the Lincoln Rhyme series with Sanders' mountain-climbing Daniel Blank. If you're tempted, as I was, to watch the movie of the same name (Sinatra's last starring role as Delaney), forget it. The movie is horrible and probably the worst adaptation of any book in the history of the world. I'm now almost finished with The Second Deadly Sin and will likely continue with the series.
Listening to this book was very much like watching the TV show, all the way down to the voice of the narrator who sounded remarkably like Angela Lansbury. The major plot twist was well telegraphed and Jessica was as deductively superior to everyone else combined who collectively remained clueless throughout. Some interesting characters and descriptive language that made it easy for the listener to picture what was going on. A good multi-tasking book.
The dialogue and wording of this story were up to Burke's usual standards. I was a little disappointed by the story, which I didn't think captivated as well as others by Burke. Will Patton is in my top three of favorite narrators and nailed this recording. He nearly turned a four-star book into a five-star one. Character development was excellent and Burke drew a very clear picture of all the main ones. Although the ending was a bit abrupt, Burke made up for it by an unanticipated twist. Good listen.
I listened to this book with my daughter who had seen the movie several times. I might have been the only person in the world who read this book without having seen the movie. About what I expected. I wasn't surprised by the few twists and turns although I have to honestly say I didn't automatically anticipate them. Listening with my daughter made the exercise worthwhile.
I'm pretty sure I read this book about 50 years ago but had little recollection of it. After listening to the audio version I became aware of why I remember so little about it. It is very forgettable. And so I invoke my self-imposed rule that no classic ever gets less than three stars from me. It's abrupt ending did not help. I might note that I gave Jane Eyre and Great Expectations five stars so it's not just my lack of culture that influenced me here. Maybe others will appreciate it more than I. It's less than a four-hour listen so you're not risking a lot to give it a whack.
This story is filled with a whole lot of characters who are easy to hate. Perhaps the newspaper editor is the worst of them all. You have a primary plot and two sub plots that Sandford did an excellent job of weaving together. There's never any doubt that the dogs and the good guys will prevail but the journey is fun anyway. Standard Virgil Flowers fare with maybe a little less female intrigue than usual.
If you're a Jack Reacher fan you will neither be disappointed nor blown away by this latest offering. It had a good mix of the cerebral and physical dominance that is the calling card of our hero. Fans will start salivating when the character of Little Joey is introduced. If they ever made a movie of this book I would want the late Andre the Giant to play Joey. If he wasn't late, that is. Casey Nice was a likable character and here's hoping that Child brings her back in future offerings. The twist at the end caught me by surprise but I think it was well set up and believable. Knowing that Child did not phone this one in, as he did with "A Wanted Man," should be enough to make this more than worth a credit for Reacher fans. Enough said.
I thought this was a pretty good story but would have preferred that one narrator be used. The writing was somewhat disjointed and the use of multi narrators didn't help. Also I did not like the author's technique of jumping ahead of important milestones in the story and reflecting back on them. I gave the book three stars because it revealed some behind-the-scenes looks into politics and journalism. I'm also a fan of Megan Kelly and heard she did some first edits. A solid three stars.
As a dog lover and supporter of the incredible work performed by hospice folks I knew this book was a no-risk listen. Didn't think it was particularly well written and I never really connected with Jon. Thank goodness for Izzy and Lenore. Izzy went from rags to riches in spirit and was almost too good to be true. Lenore was a lovable Lab who proved near the end of the listen that she possessed more than simple puppy love. The book provides some insights into hospice care and was well worth the listen.
Somehow I had managed to spend my entire life without reading this classic. It's short and to the point. I'm not sure how this dramatized version differs from the original but I suspect the story lines and dialogue are similar. I'm glad this was short because I don't think I could have listened for several more hours. I did, however, like the dramatized version, replete with sound effects and murmuring. Made it a little better. I've listened and I can cross another classic off my list. Don't think I'll tackle 1984.
All three of these were entertaining and gave us a young Reacher with the superhuman powers his fans have come to expect. Second Son sounded very familiar and I'm pretty sure that the story was included in one of the full-length novels in the series. Not only were Reacher's physical abilities developed at an early age, so were his cognitive skills and powers of deduction. I was a little disappointed at Jack Reacher's Rules as they went beyond the premise and were often repetitive. All in all, Reacher fans will enjoy this listen.
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