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I would put Total Control in the top twenty audiobooks that I have listened to at this point. The author is one of my favorites and the story is exciting and well thought out.
There are many, but one that I can mention without spoiling the story for others is the moment when you begin to realize that one of the characters in the story is not who you have been led to believe they are. The reveal is very well done. The character's loyalty and their alliance is a nice twist.
There is a lot of action in this book and Jonathan Marosz is able to convey that with his reading. You feel like you are there rather than like someone is retelling it. He captures the excitement, suspense, emotion, and energy of what would be big action sequences if this were a film.
What lengths would you go to in order to secure a fortune and how many people would you consider expendable?
There is a character in this book who is entirely too self-sufficient, considering the description of their life prior to events in this story. While I enjoyed the action and the events in the story, I found it hard to believe that this particular character was able to do the things that he/she did during the course of the book. It made the story less entertaining once I realized that the author was going to allow this character to be so very kick-ass in spite of his/her background. It just didn't fit well with the events. Something in the character's background to make this possible for the read would have been nice, but it is still a very entertaining read.
Christopher Brookmyre's characters are never dull. His dialogue is wonderful and I love the little details in his books that make them seem real. He writes normal people in abnormal circumstances flaws and all. Even if the story is a dark one, the wicked sense of humor that this author has always comes through. I laugh out loud when I read his books.
There are too many great ones in this book to pick just one. Besides, I don't want to give anything away.
It made me laugh many times. The author has a talent for making people see the amusing side of even the darkest moments.
I am thrilled that Mr. Brookmyre's books are becoming more available in the US. It was difficult to locate the audiobooks for his earlier works.
Honest, Straightforward, and talented.
Naturally, I enjoyed Dwight Gooden. This was his story after all. But his father was a very interesting part of his life and his character was a very close second for me. If Dwight Gooden has been raised by anyone else, I wonder if he would have had the career that he did.
I like the performance very much. The emotional tone was just right throughout the book.
Often you pick up a book by a famous person and you are treated to a tale of their successes and the good things they have done. This book was a combination. Dwight Gooden didn't make excuses for his life. He was very honest about it. He didn't lay blame on others or try to rationalize his actions. I respect him for taking responsibility for his life and for telling his story. I enjoyed his skill as a pitcher and I'm a baseball fan but for me the most impressive thing the man has done is be open about his problems with drugs and alcohol. I respect that.
Yes, I would listen to this one again. I enjoyed the performance, the twists in the plot, and the characters. Very well written.
I like the lead character very much. He has his own problems with his health, his family and his work. He isn't a one-note person. He is very well fleshed out and seems much more real because of it all. I feel that it makes the story more interesting because this mystery isn't the only thing in this guys life.
I'm glad this is an established series and that there are already several books out with this characters in them. Now, I don't have to wait for the next one.
I couldn't say as I have not read the print version. I enjoyed the audio very much though.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book at all. I enjoyed it and I was hoping all the way through for a certain outcome so I was involved as I read. It kept me guessing.
Great characters and it was fun to listen to this second book because the author turns things around and we get the perspective of another character rather than his main character in the series. It was fun to see things through his eyes. A nice twist.
Yes, I would. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery should enjoy this.
It did. I didn't put all of the pieces together on this one for quite some time so naturally, I was on the edge of my seat nearly all the way. Also, because of the involvement of one of the characters in the plot, I was constantly waiting for the author to kill that person off. It seemed like something that was going to happen. I kept waiting for it as I listened.
There is a nice Father-son moment in this book that is very well written and I found it moving. To say more would spoil things though.
I enjoyed the development of the main character in this book. He seems to come to terms with a few things that have been bothering him in the previous two stories.
If a person is reading the series then naturally, this book would be something you'd want to read but if I were to recommend this one to a friend I would do so with a word of warning about the animal scene in this one. I found it very upsetting.
I plan to continue with this series. I like the characters and the author and I have enjoyed the performance in each book. There was just one element of this book that put me off. Unless it becomes a continuing theme then I plan to read his others.
It wasn't as much so as his prior books. This one seemed less realistic to me in some ways and a bit of a retread of some things that happened in a previous book. How many times can this lead character put someone in danger by sleeping with them?
If you are an animal lover, be warned that there is a portion of this book involving a dog that is very heart-breaking. Also, as the book progresses, the lead character's reaction to the event isn't at all what I expected. He fails to properly report it and in spite of the fact that the dog is depicted as being loved by the character's children, there is no mention of its loss by the children. The lead character doesn't ever explain its death to his family during the book. No, this is not the full plot of the story, but I found it unrealistic in light of his original reaction to the event and the torture element involve.
Also, he is asked to help, nearly forced to do so, by one of the detectives and later she discards his opinions and pushes him aside. She does this after putting him into this situation in the first place. She, in my opinion does not react realistically.
I had read this book back when I was in school and the author was a favorite of mine. I went through the school library hunting all of his books and read each one so it brought back great memories for me to sit and listen to this story again as an adult. I was pleased to find that it has held up very well over the years.
There is a moment in the story where the characters believe they are safe from harm and are enjoying what they consider to be a victory of sorts and thinking about a job well done. They are completely caught off guard by what happens next and for me, that is a defining moment in the story.
My favorite character was Tom. The story centers around his life and his adventures and it is through his eyes that you see everyone else in the story.
There is a moment when you realize that some of what you've thought to be true about the main characters, Tom and Pat, isn't exactly so. For me that is the most emotional part of the story.
Great Science Fiction from a master.
I certainly would. The characters are so rich and warm and it is as if they have walked out of real life and into this book. I recognized elements of people that I knew when my child was in school and I even recognized myself in there a few times.
I enjoyed the friendship of the main characters. They were each very different people, different ages, different social standing, and different backgrounds, yet they just meshed together perfectly and supported one another.
Jane was my favorite character. It was very entertaining to watch her grow throughout the book and thanks to Caroline Lee's performance, Jane's worries, emotions and joys came through as clear as if she were in the room with me. Caroline Lee is a brilliant audiobook performer and I am always thrilled when I select a book that she is reading.
The author writes woman and their concerns wonderfully well. Her plot twists are amazingly well done and I didn't figure out where this was going until I arrived at the end but I enjoyed every moment of the journey.
I would just think I had things figured out and then suddenly I would get a surprise. Great plotting!
The look into the past and the surprises make this one a bit like reading a Kate Morton book.
This is the only one I have listened to but I enjoyed it very much. I would like to hear more from her.
The main character is very refreshing. She is very no nonsense and very practical. I also love the way the author holds back details of the main character's life and slowly reveals them in each new book. I have read all three available books with Frieda Klein as the main character and am looking forward to the next one.
Well, naturally, I would compare it to the first two books in the series, but perhaps because of the lead character's profession and her relationship with the police, the story reminds me slightly of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathon Kellerman. The setting and the personalities of the characters are naturally, different, but the books are the same in that they are through the eyes of someone working with the police but not a police office.
She brings the feel of London. I dislike it when a story with characters that are British or Scottish or German is read in an American accent. I like the flavor of hearing the story in the accent that the characters are supposed to have. Also, she has a wonderfully expressive voice and the difference between characters and who is speaking is instantly apparent.
I did laugh in sections of this one and I also found myself holding my breath a time or two.
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