Exciting background for this story is the 2012 Olympic games in London. I wish that the date had been further in the future though. Such dreadful foreboding of terror, murder, unprotected athletes, and technology used for evil purposes is frightening. The evil characters have all had abusive and tragic childhoods. To exact revenge for the leader who believes that his Olympic glory was stolen in Spain, the 2012 summer olympics and its athletes are targeted.
Please do listen to a sample before purchasing this audible book. I almost did not finish the story because it took awhile to adjust to the British English accent of the narrator. If you do not like the British English, then I recommend that you read the printed version. I had to stop and re-start so that I could get in to the story. Once you get used to the narrator's accent, it does add a touch of international flare to the story. However, I really could not stand how he interpreted the children's voices...especially Lukey.
Where was the owner of Private? I don't think that he had more than five sentences in this entire story.
It is difficult to feel an emotional attachment to any of the characters. Perhaps it is because there is not enough depth provided. There are also many characters, such as the cab driver and news reporter, who act as bridges or are used to move the story line along. The stories or backgrounds of the characters are not worthy of empathy or sympathy. The personal challenges presented are so formula-like. The lesbian aspect was gratuitious and added nothing to the story. It was as though the authors thought by "throwing" in an aspect (murder of wealthy people, lesbian relationships, kidnapping, terrorism, child-abuse and rape, child neglect, mythology references, torture, etc.) that it would really grab the reader/listener.
For example, family relationships are odd, strained and flawed somewhat in this story. The evil characters are referred to as sisters and brother. It takes awhile to determine the true relationship. The main character's family is truly flawed. He prefers working rather than being with his twin son and daughter, although he loves them due to being part of their deceased mother. All we learned about the "hero's" children, twins, is that their mother died in child birth. The twins have run off several nannys due to their badness, but we do not know exactly what is bad, just that the children are bad and not potty trained at 3 years of age. It is also impossible to believe that two children misbehave to the point that no nanny service in London could find someone to watch them. Thus,one of the "bad guys" in the story is hired as a nanny due to the father's desparation to dump the kids on someone so that he could focus on his job!! What happens to the children is predictable. A nut does not fall far from the tree it is said. The father does not have a loving relationship with his own mother. As a result his mother does not have a close relationship with her grandchildren. The aunt(sister of the deceased mother) of the children "resents" them and has not seen or met the twins yet.
Unfortunately, while I tried to really like this story, it is another mediocre collaboration with the Patterson name attached. It would be interesting to what percentage of the story is contributed by Mr. Patterson or if he is just a mentor to aspiring authors. Entertaining,yes, but not very good.
The narrator, Geoffrey, has an excellent tone and cadence to his voice. Also that the story was told by first person narrator who shared his intimate thoughts, feelings, and impressions. In addition, this is a true story that does not sound like a documentary. I do not remember why I did not realize who was the murderer in this story. Interesting tibit that kept me hanging on to the very end.
Not sure. May be a Coben, Grisham or Patterson book, but not one in particular.
David, of course was the favorite. Everyone else runs a close second...really
I am not sure if this should be a movie. It may be too painful for two families. Also, do not want to have the "Hollywood" or "Lifetime" treatment ruin the authencity of this story.
Thank you to the author and his son for sharing what has to be a painful memory. My blessings to the families. Both of them.
Very good story, intriguing and well presented. While the plot is really a standard, the characters came to life as read by the narrators. No one was over the top.
When Julie realized that she had really lost her parents.
Down to earth narration. No extremes. Provides a "face and personality" to the characters.
No, but did want to return to quickly. I need a break from audio from time to time or my mind wanders.
Great start to a new series. Will look forward to other installments
Exciting, interesting,suspenseful thriller. I know that I used four words, but this story is among the best of Patterson. Could not identify the formula in this one. Spectacular! oops, that is now five words.
I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The plot kept me interested.
I have not listened to Jay Snyder or Ellen Archer's performances before this story. I will seek out more of their narrations though. Jay Snyder is O'Hara though. I would not want to listen to another narrator.
I did want to listen to it all at once, but Snyder's voice put me to sleep. Not because the plot was boring, but because his voice is so relaxing! I found that I had to rewind and play again.
Good beginning for a Patterson series about a FBI partnership-hint, hint
I enjoy the adventures of Michael Bennett and his large family. Nice to get the family out of Manhattan once in a while.
Shamus is the best. Other than his character nothing was liked the best. There is gratuitious violence, some stereotypical behaviors from Latino villians, no passion between Michael and Mary Catherine, the kids are not developed well or growing up--waiting for something that focuses on the children
They were good. I could not tell when the narrators changed. Are they the narrators due to the need of someone who could speak with a variety of dialects or accents(male, female, kids voices; Spanish, Irish, Western/Ranch drawl, young etc.)What happened to Bobby Cannavale? Toward the end it was difficult to distinguish between Mary Catherine and Shamus' Irish accents.
Moved me? Irritated me is more like it. Get rid of the sound effects. Please leave something to the imagination of the listener. This is not radio.
This story leaves the listener wanting...there were so many storylines that need tied up...some characters were just "there" and we don't hear anything else about them and the story is over. The bull who was transported to sire...
Among the top 25 of mysteries and thrillers. This story is not for the "faint of heart".
This book is in a class all of its own among the books that I have read.
I could not get enough and it was difficult to stop listening to the story. I had to back track and re-listen if I drifted off and missed a part of the story. There was not one favorite scene--all were equally interesting. The language is rich and can be very graphic at times.
Disgust is my reaction to the book. It is possible that we know people similar to the characters in this story. It was a good story but nothing "good" was happening to the characters if it makes sense to say that. This was a hard story to put down because it held my interest and my need to know what will happen next. There really was not one character, with the exception of Mo, that I cared about. Mo was the only normal person-character. She did not have some sinister intent or participate in immoral behavior. Without committing a serious story spoiler--Mo is truly the only good person in the story. I could not stand Amy's voice or words. She sounded like one of those "valley girls" all grown up. Her voice in the beginning of the story was irritiating, shrill and immature. As the story progressed, it was toned down a bit. Perhaps it was the intent of the narrator who did a great job. Nick's voice was more calm and easier to listen to. Also, the last few chapters seemed to drag to the end. The end was unsatisfying to me. Tragic. I needed more to feel good at the end.
I agree with most posts that the writing was spectacular. Great twists and turns in the plot. The ability to be "inside the heads" of the two main characters and to learn of the other characters through the perceptions of the main characters was great. I have to comment that all of the charcters have flaws and are unlikeable for one reason or more. However, I did not like the way the story ended. This would be an excellent book to discuss with a group.
I have not read a print version of a relaxing book in years. No basis for comparison.
Similar to stories with main characters such as Jack Reacher, Sheriff Joanna Brady, Harry Bosch
None in particular. While the descriptions were beautiful, sometimes the descriptions were over done.
When Nate said good-bye to his falcon early in the story.
I am glad that this is part of a series. I will want to read more about Joe and his family. I also wish that Nate was back on the scene. I hope that the characters who were killed in Book 12, don't have significant roles in Books 1 - 11.
no basis for comparision. I prefer the audio because of Grover Gardner's performance. If I read the book, I would hear Grover's voice, but would miss the comical aspects.
Willie-because he is a true dog lover; Laurie because she loves Andy and Tara and represents a strong woman, not dependent on the male lead; Tara, because she keeps Andy grounded; Andy because he is funny and a brilliant lawyer and loves dogs
everything--character voices, timing, etc.
yes, and I did.
Too much time in between the Andy Carpenter books. I love this series
Yes, I would...a close friend. Parts of the story are difficult for historical reasons. Anything dealing with race relations, especially in the deep south, are difficult. You hate to see anyone be victimized and maligned. No one is as good as Grisham in writing stories about the deep south, the people and the complicated legal system. He is the best when in this genre.
Grisham skillfully mixes fiction(is it really?) with some historical perspective of the old deep south. He is not afraid to peel back the ugly, painful, and tragic layers of the history and expose it for what it really was. I also liked that the geographic references are actual towns in the Delta.
No one in particular. Jake was the main character and was better developed than others. Would like to read additional stories with the same characters and get to know them better. Jake's wife, daughter, Portia, etc.
Matthew McConaughey as Jake Brigance was brilliant in a Time to Kill and he will not disappoint in Sycamore Row!
Parts of the story were left undone--Jake's housing situation? Portia going to school? Lettie's husband? I want to know more about the other lawyers and how their lives progress. Seth Hubbard's brother, Ansel and his new found friend? Seems like there are more stories to be told and finished perhaps in another book or two? There was a somewhat dissatifying conclusion to the story. Decisons were made not really based on what was directed to be done or expected, but more so what was politically acceptable. Don't want to say more because it might reveal too much of the storyline.
I loved the narrator Kevin Collins! He made the story for me. He was excellent at doing the different character voices, especially L.D. The female voices were also well done.
Spoiler Alert! What L.D. was hiding and why and how he got out of it.
No this is the first, but certainly not the last if I can find a title of interest. I love Scott Brick and Dan Hill. I am adding Mr. Collins to my list of favorite narrators.
When Dan spoke to pop star's mother.
To compare this author to Grisham or Patterson is a weak one. Those two authors are extraordinary and most of the time write incredible stories. Mitzner is very good but in my opinion more works are needed before placing him among the greatest.
Not sure...I have not been pleased with books that are co-authored with James Patterson. I would compare the collaboration to that of dental hygienist and a dentist. The hygienist does the most work and the doctor briefly checks the work and passes you on. This is how I perceive the Patterson-Paetro collaborations. The stories are not up to the Patterson quality. I would probably not purchase another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or January LaVoy. I would check the book out from the library first and review it prior to making a purchase.
This has not detered me from books of this genre. However, books in this particular series will be suspect.
I think this is the first narration that I have experienced from January LaVoy. In my opinion she was not bad.
Perhaps this series has run its course. What else can happen to these characters? Murder investigations are plentiful. These stories are becoming predictable and somewhat boring. With Lindsey being married and now a mother, her edge as an officer will suffer. Joe has become an accessory and "damn-it-doll" being beat up constantly. The other characters have also lost their interesting edge. Time to let these ladies move on.. and quietly disappear to literary heaven.
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