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
I have no idea. I would recommend replacing this question. Recognize that there are two types of "readers". I am not sure how many people read the print version of a story of which they have listened to the audio version. There may be some out there who read a portion of a book and also listen to it as they complete it. Not sure. I would prefer a different question aimed at a review of the story content and not its format. Perhaps this question is better directed to an editor or publisher.
Cannot think of any similar book for comparisons.
Why are Some readers are bit hard on this narrator? I have definitely heard worse readers. Mr. LeDoux's strength is when he just reads the words without interpretation or "acting". With the exception of his characterization of Charlotte, (I detest it when men try to sound like a 5 year old female.)I enjoyed his reading. A nice break from favs Scott Brick and Dick Hill for me.
There was no laughter or crying in this book. There were parts of this story that were way too long and added nothing to the story. I also moved to extreme dislike of Elizabeth from being sympathetic of her. She strongly and quickly moved from being a character in the background to one totally in front and in control. Elizabeth and Michael are in my opinion the same character, just different genders.
Great advertisement for this one. Some exaggeration that attracted a lot of readers. This story kept me interested and engaged in the story during a winter weekend. As one reviewer suggested, it is good to listen to while cleaning house, wrapping gifts or preparing a meal. Decent story, but not a thriller in any sense of the word. Also I would not put in the same group with Grisham et.al. Being an attorney and an author does not necessarily make one a great writer about criminal related stories. Mitzner wove a good story with enough "stuff" to keep you thinking. There are a few surprises and also some crazy stuff that makes the reader ask why is this in the story? It comes across as very amateurish. I did not find much of the storyline predictable. I did not care much for any of the characters except for Alex's father, who we only know through the words of others. The father is the only innocent and decent character in the entire story.
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.
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.
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