I love reading Barbara Kingsolver and think she is an exceptional talent and an interesting person. That said, I will probably resort to reading her in print. While she has a lovely voice, I find her over-enunciation and too-careful diction to be distracting, verging on annoying. I feel as though I'm listening to a first grade teacher reading Dick and Jane stories to me. I'll wade through the Lacuna, but this would be a much better listen with a narrator who could do Mexican accents and "perform" this novel. Sorry, Barbara.
The narrator's interpretation, voices and accents are quite enjoyable despite the weak story. I guess it was worth it, but I won't listen to another of this series.
No. I'm not a fan of fantasy, which is how I would describe this story. I love police procedurals and mysteries, and anything about archaeologists is always fun. But after hearing a couple of books in this series, I just don't think I can listen to any more. I guess I draw the line at a wealthy, aristocratic FBI agent who rides in a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce and can operate on himself. Of course, it seems as though half the characters in the book went to medical school. Just sayin'. For those comfortable with more fantasy-laden scenarios, these books are well crafted with a sophisticated, well-rounded vocabulary and likeable characters.
I like his adeptness with difference voices and accents.
No. It's done.
I hate to complain about two writers who have actually done a nice job of developing a story and moving it along so well just because I don't like the over-the-top fantasy aspects. I prefer more realistic characters and stories, but for those who like their fiction wilder, these are well crafted stories.
One of my favorite Bosch stories.
It reminded me of Connelly's The Black Ice and the history behind Cal Moore's life. The mood was similar as well.
Not really. This one was a little quiet, though there is plenty of suspense and food for thought as to how the characters relate to one another.
Give this one time. Titus Welliver's narration at first does seem monotone and a bit dull, but as you listen, you will begin to appreciate the tone, which to me matches Bosch's character. Some audio books I've listened to lately have too many narrators and too much "acting" so that they sound like radio plays instead of a good book being read. I personally enjoyed the narration more and more as I went along in the book. Yes, I had to pay close attention. Like really reading a book. Takes more work than watching TV.
I liked Bosch's new partner, Lucy Soto. She's destined to be a crusading troublemaker like Harry himself, in and out of 5150 and tailed by internal affairs. Like Bosch, she cares and she's willing to work. She's a woman on a mission. She makes mistakes, is changed by them, and moves on. I hope we will get at least one more Bosch novel with her as Harry's partner. She could easily be Connelly's new series lead detective. I'd like to see that happen.
I liked the plot and the characters. I felt the narrative, which uses many voices, sounded too much like a poorly produced radio play. Especially the female characters were jarring in some places. When I listen to a book, I want to listen to a book, not to a play. Just a personal preference.
Can't think of one offhand.
The main narrator could have done the entire book and given it more of a flow.
Yes. I like the main character and would be interested in following his career and life.
I will be interested to hear what other listeners think about the multiple narrators.
I wanted to like it because the author seems like a nice guy and is trying hard with his marketing, but this book missed the mark. One-dimensional, uninteresting characters I didn't care about, ridiculous, unbelievable situations, too much exposition, too formulaic. I just didn't like anything about it and only finished it in an attempt to be fair to Mr. Wells.
I've downloaded the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Childs.
Mr. Torres did the best he could with the material.
All of them!
Please, no more stories about privileged, boring, narcissistic yuppies making stupid mistakes.
I don't know; haven't read the print version.
Secret of the Seventh Son has an amazingly different plot that continued to build and become more and more disturbing to me while entertaining me immensely.
Haven't had the pleasure of listening to him before.
If you thought Area 51 was too frightening to exist, think again!
This is one of the most entertaining and engaging thrillers I've listened to in some time. Cooper's novel was referred to by one listener as a combination of Ken Follett and Michael Connelly. I agree. Cooper's characters are certainly less complex, but in this case the story carries the characters and is complex enough that we don't need deeper characters. I agree; this novel is perfect for a blockbuster film, and would adapt very well to the screen without losing the story. I can't wait to see this in the theatres.
Completely engrossing; poignant.
Can't say; it would be a spoiler.
Can't say; it would be a spoiler.
I never cried, though I felt extreme sadness. I did laugh and cheer.
This was my second listening to Under the Dome. It's a very long book but very well worth the time. On the second reading, I knew what was going to happen so I could spend time appreciating Mr. King's well honed craft. I became aware of foreshadowing I had missed, rock and roll references, historical references, and literary references, including the mention of Jack Reacher, a character created by Lee Child. (NOT Tom Cruise, no matter that he did a good job with the part in the Jack Reacher Movie). I enjoy watching Mr. King pay homage to his favorite musicians, his favorite music, and his favorite fictional characters, not to mention his fellow authors. He's just a master of the craft of writing. If you don't re-listen to your books, I highly suggest you do so. This custom will enrich your life.
Not even Will Patton's mesmerizing voice could save this slow, bleak story. I can't finish it.
Something with a plot.
Everything. I could listen to him read a pizza menu.
The scenes between the first page and the last page.
Just because a book is a classic doesn't make it good to read.
Yes. I think this is an excellent series.
I liked the new dimension added to Reacher when he learns he might be a father. Lee Child never disappoints me with his Reacher stories.
Dick's voice is both powerful and flawed. He sounds like Reacher to me, very worldly and experienced but not at all sophisticated. Reacher doesn't put on airs. Neither does Dick Hill.
Jack Reacher is NOT Tom Cruise.
The interweaving of philosophy and real life.
Phaedras, because he worked so hard to come back.
The narrator. His voice was extremely well performed with much nuance.
No. Much too difficult to process in one sitting. The philosophical parts were really difficult for me. I'm too practical and usually think philosophers sound like people who need something real to do; they are spending too much time thinking.
I'm glad I finally "read" this classic, despite the fact that every time I read or try to study philosophy I wind up thinking the authors have way too much time on their hands and need to do something constructive. It seems to me this book is proof of that; here is a character who thought himself into insanity.
I liked the somewhat different plot line. I didn't like that much of the story line was, to me, not plausible. I kept thinking, is this guy really that stupid?
Not on a par with the writing nor the narration of the Tara series, but a decent attempt at a different style for Rosenfelt.
Amateur, trying, lacking
Yes. I think a movie producer could fix the broken parts.
I love conspiracy theories, but I don't care much for stupid main characters. The lead character fell for too many outrageous coincidences, and brother, is he naive when it comes to women. I won't include any spoilers, but you will be shaking your head at some of the things he falls for in this book. The narrator is trying hard but his voices are very lacking, especially his bad guys who all sound phony. There was one point where he did a good job so that I recognized a particular bad guy when he spoke from behind. I think he will improve as he goes along in his career. As for the writing, it was a decent attempt at a thriller but not up to the par of the Tara series with their wry humor and interesting characters. But, hey, I'm picky.
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