I like the Alex Delaware series and especially like reading them between 5 star reads which don't come often enough. John Rubenstein performs them admirably and has grown to be an expected and intrinsic part of the books. The regular characters are always enjoyable and never deviate from their personas. Plots are always well constructed and interesting. These are rarely suspenseful reads and I enjoy them because they are a relaxing read which won't keep the adrenaline pumping into the wee hours of the morning.
Madeline was my favourite character. She told her story with wry humour and insight. While she put on a carefree face, she was deeply sensitive to others feelings and cared for her children and husband with whole heartedness while holding a deep hurt for being abandoned by her former husband.
She must have enjoyed the book immensely too because she brought to her performance an empathy which only a deep understanding of the characters could; what a brilliant depiction of voices.
It made me feel almost every emotion one can possibly feel. I smiled most of my way through the book as Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee brought us - you and me - everyday people, to life and showed us at our best our worst and as everything imbetween.
I'm not normally a reader of these kind of books. How would you classify it? A story about relationships? My normal consumption of audiobooks are good police procedurals and thrillers but I bought this because of the numerous accolades it received and they were certainly well deserved. I cannot imagine a group of readers whom I would not recommend this book to. Irrespective of your 'normal' taste in books; read this !
I love the way the story was told by a number of characters from their journals & other paper works. It created mysteries within mysteries that kept my attention and interest all the way.
The very end of Tom's journal; I won't say anything else here, or it will be a giveaway.
the final chapters of the book as they unfolded, gave resolution to the to the previous chapters in a most unexpected way.
This book is not a simple thriller, where what you see is what you get. Rather it's quite the opposite.The writing of Tom Harper, was nicely achieved and gave gravity to an excellent performance by, Piers Wehener. I have not heard of this narrator before, but will be looking out for his other works. The story weaves this way and that, told from a number of viewpoints until you're at a loss as to who the protagonist might be. It kept my interest all the while with each character shedding some light on the situation and each other. However it's not until quite near the end until the whole story comes together in a most unexpected way that almost left me gasping. I liked the ending which left as many questions unanswered as those that had been answered. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a wonderful mystery suspense but where your ability to collate facts and your own mental creativity is not put on hold and becomes an intrinsic part of the denouement and final resolution - especially. Highly recommended\
Absolutely, because Michael Robotham is such a good writer and fully understands how to bring a character to life. Sean Barrett's performance is fantastic and always a pleasure to listen to. Robotham's books are always multilayered and more and more is gained with each listening/reading.
Well, Sami, of course. He's a born loser, or is he? We have to listen to the very end to find this out. Sami's trevails seem unending and insurmountable, but Michael Rothbotham draws this character so finely that we believe Sami and his life and barrack for him all the way to win over adversity.
Everything; what a polished performance. I epsecially loved his rastafarian voice.
Loved it; get it. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this.
so far, there's only been a couple of books, I've been unable to finish, and this is one of them. Not because the book was badly written, in fact is was probably quite good, but because the narration - I call it that over performance - was so bad. Her voice grated on me; her emphasis was all in the wrong places and she sounded like a 15 year old that was attempting to read a book to her young siblings. What a pity, Alafair! I have enjoyed all of your books to date and previous performers have all been fine. Why on earth did you change narrators.
Sorry, I found it impossible to concentrate on the story due this awful narration that I only got 1/3 into it before I gave it away completely.
Don't know, didn't finish it
If you're like me and require a good performance to enjoy a book; don't buy this !
How in the heck should I know? If I'd read it, I wouldn't have listened to it and vica versa.
Absolutely none !
Obviously, Andy, the main character who is really the only one we get to know well. We see the world through his eyes as his neighborhood changes around him after certain events happen.
Love thy neighbour, not!
I don't know what I was expecting when I purchased this book; some sort of mystery suspense because that's the category I usually buy from. This, however, is no ordinary mystery thriller. Yes, there is murder, if fact there are two, but they are only incidental to the real story. The story of how the public can be whipped into a frenzy - to be more concise - a killing frenzy, by the press and other media that unmasks all the hidden prejudices that live within all of us. I found this book a very disturbing examination of the group human psyche. If you like psychological thrillers then this book is for you; it's very frightening.
unfortunately there had not been any reviews when I purchased this book, or I would not have made the purchase. I do take note of reviews, if they are intelligently written....this book is all over the place and goes nowhere....
Certainly not a literary masterpiece, in fact, far from it. I reads along at a fair pace and is written in a straight forward workmanlike manner, which does not excite one for its skills in prose. Nevertheless, it was an OK book in it's genre, without getting too excited about it. I occasionally enjoy these types of semi medical sci fi stories about killer bugs, and if you do too, you will probably enjoy this well performed book as well.
I really can't say it any better than the publishers review. The writing was superb and eloquently read by Edoardo Ballerini, an excellent choice to perform this work. I thoroughly enjoyed the entangled plot between characters and times, and yet; would I say it was the best book I've read, or the most engrossing book: no, it was not. If you enjoy wonderful writing, interesting characters and the interplay and relationships between humans beings, then you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
hate to say it but JT is getting formulaic....a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that, stir up the plot and you've got another JT Elliison romantic mystery thriller....; not too hot, not too cold, but just right for those who adore her.
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