The wonderful characters and rich descriptions. And the "can't stop listening" level of suspense.
Very early on in this book I wondered "WOW, who the heck is this guy and why haven't I heard of him before? He could give Stephen King a solid run for his money" having no idea in the world that he was, in fact, a chip off the old King block until I looked him up online. As an author Joe Hill stands firmly on his own even though this acorn didn't fall far from the tree. Hill's style is in no way a lesser imitation of his fathers' work, although the writing is clearly influenced by it in all of the best possible ways. If you loved "It" or any of King's best, you really must read this one. Personally I can't wait to read more of his work.
Also: be sure to listen right through the credits where Hill sneaks in a creepy little plot epilogue, followed by an interesting author's commentary on audiobooks, the wonderful Kate Mulgrew, and his experience of growing up in a family of writers.
Yes. I think I managed to listen to the whole thing in two days, and it's a pretty good length.
I read this shortly after reading about the heroic Shackelton Expedition, and the two books are somewhat comparable. There was so much that I didn't know about climbing in general (for instance that the worst danger one faces is losing your mind from lack of oxygen at great heights, or that it is nearly impossible to rescue a fellow fallen climber on Everest and why). I have to applaud Krakauer for facing this disastrous, tragic experience head-on, so shortly after it occurred in an effort to exorcise his terrible survivor's guilt. I'd read other books by him before never realising that this was in his background. Spellbinding reading.
A story of truly spectacular heroism and, well, endurance of the deepest kind. An amazing read. A heads-up for animal lovers like myself: some passages are painful to hear. Once I got past that the book was enthralling.
Very good setup, had me interested throughout. Was a bit let down by the unresolved ending though. Well read by Nigel Patterson.
Well researched and bleeping chilling, this was very hard to put down. These stories very scary and terribly heartbreaking. After reading this one I'm inclined to watch my back, never park next to a van, never go running alone or EVER accept road assistance from a stranger. Lock the car doors and call AAA.
Yet another extraordinary Erik Larson book that proves that history can be as dramatically riveting as any work of fiction, especially in the hands of a brilliant storyteller. I've not been a Scott Brick fan in the past, but he does a fine, understated reading here. This is on par with Larson's best previous work (Devil in the White City, In the Garden of the Beasts). Well worth the credit!
What I really enjoy about this series is the way the author's thorough research into the life and times of Quincy enriches and actually propels the plot, not just providing atmosphere. As described, you get the feeling that this story could only have happened in that time and place, that moment in history. The plot twists and dovetailing of fact and fiction are wonderfully entertaining. Very good read.
Solid police yarn with good characters and a decent plot. Held my interest. Well done. Not Shakespeare, but a very solid mystery.
One of the best books I've ever read/listened to. One of those rare books that for me, illuminated a new vision of the world I live in and my place in it. Would give more stars if I could. Powerful, deeply moving, inspiring, and a classic on par with the likes of "To Kill a Mockingbird". I know I'll sit with this one for a time and will absolutely have to read it again when I'm ready.
Well-researched and chilling, the author goes to great lengths to place the reader in the time and unique place of this awful crime while raising important questions about the death penalty, the role of literature and the existence of evil.
What a gift. More Duffy? I'm a huge fan of a handful of "Celtic Noir" writers, and Adrian McKinty is one of the very, very best. McKinty, Stuart MacBride, Stuart Neville, Tana French . . .
Sad, unexpected ending.
I had read interviews with McKinty where he said he was not going to return to this character, and I was really sad to hear it. Jumped out of my skin when I saw this in New Releases. Even if the subject of the Troubles has been well-explored in the previous three novels, I'm there for the beautiful writing, so full of wit, rich with atmosphere and 3-D characters. Hope Adrian isn't done with Sean yet. I'm not. There's still more to see through Duffy's eyes.
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