CAIRNS, Australia | Member Since 2012
A most intelligently and well written book,performed by an excellent narrator, hooked me in the first couple of paragraphs. I had just ditched the 2 previous audiobooks because they had NOT hooked me within the first 40 minutes; finding I had wondered off and not payed attention to these supposed best sellers. Then along came this little known book by a writer I was not familiar with and, bam, within the first 5 minutes I knew I had a keeper!
The denouement; the moment towards the end of the book when Ethan finally discovers 'the truth.' For me this came as a complete surprise. The story in itself, thus far, had been a very satisfying mystery and thriller and with Ethan being a Secret Service Agent, I was bargaining on something a lot less apocalyptic than the actual truth of the story. It injected me with pure adrenaline the premise being so exciting and terrible. I also loved the very ending; as if Ethan in many ways had come full circle.
The narrator did not simply read the book, instead he performed it with an unnatural skill. He, too, must have enjoyed the book, and seemed to be taken over by it and become a part of the book himself. I will be looking at his other work with interest.
Forward, to the past.
If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.
The lack of memorable moments.
Anything with Milo the detective in it. He's the only character with a fleshed out personality and Dr Alex Delaware acts as an good foil for the detective.
everywhere and nowhere
Not up to the standard of Kellerman's past stories in the series. Too much going on that was never developed and seemed to be added just for padding. Maybe Dr Delaware is due for retirement.
At first I wasn't sure I could listen to hours of her sort of gushy semi whispered fast speech, but it grows and grows on you until she seamlessly becomes the character and protagonist, Gaby Mortimer. By the end of the book, I could not imagine it being narrated successfully by anyone else.
I purchased this book about six months ago, and like most audiobooks I buy, I did not re-read the summary to remind myself why I purchased it. The main character, Gaby, spent a lot of time in the early ⅓ of the book doing a lot of navel gazing about herself, her career as a TV daytime host, and her love life with her husband. One day, while out running she finds the body of a murdered young woman on the common and from here the story starts to build and become really interesting. By the time I was half way through the book, I found it hard to put down, not having any idea where it was heading.
This is a first class mystery suspense story which is extremely well written; the prose, intelligent and descriptive. The main characters are very well fleshed out and totally believable. This book is so much more that just a murder mystery; it explores the relationship between a husband and wife and how it changes over time and many other themes are explored as well; friendship, loyalty and the meaning of life. I thoroughly recommend this book to those you enjoy well written prose and multilayered themes.
I rarely give 5 stars which I save for the very, very best. This did not quite deserve 5 stars but was better than my normal 4 star reads; wish you had ½ star ratings Audible. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who enjoyed a good thriller. It was an all rounder; a well fleshed out book and the ending was perfect.
Yes, the plot did keep me 'on the edge of my seat' so to speak. James, cleverly built up the suspense from one chapter to the next, but interspersed each heart thumping moment with a bit of softness and love to do with our policeman's personal life which was a wonderful contrast to the crazy protagonist who stalked nearly every page.
Pretty well all of them, but he did Detective Inspector Grace pretty well, and also his yankee accent wasn't too bad with the Bryce character either.
Don't date on line and die......
Well written tight plot, terrifically narrated by Daniel Wyman. Character development was excellent, this book contained all the necessary elements of a good and very satisfying thriller suspense novel. Absolutely recommend!
I kind of liked the plot, but it wasn't really taken anywhere. The writing was passable but not fantastic. I didn't think the final scene between Frank & Dr Pope would ever end. It went on far too long and on the other hand he plot development lacked and comprised fragmented bits which for me never really came together that well.
I doubt if I will invest in any more of his writings, unless I really become desperate.
Paul Heitch did an admirable job and possibly improved this book's readability overall.
Theo James looks just perfect for the role of Frank, while Donald Sutherland would make an excellent Dr Pope.
If your looking for an average suspense novel that has some good and some ordinary moments then this is for you.
It wasn't until the book was finished that I truly appreciated it for what it was: a literary masterpiece. The prose was sublime, never overblown with self importance, but succinct and perfect in it's short descriptive phrases. It was not a thriller or a suspense novel but it was a true mystery which in itself was really never resolved except in it's telling, so beautifully by the author and brilliantly told by Jake Weber.
My favourite character was Cordova who changed in the telling from horrific murderer, to loving father and back again and was always a mystery, remaining so.
I was transformed by this book, rather than moved, much like the main character, McGrath, who the story was narrated through, and everybody who came in contact with Cordova. The story hooked me, more and more, as I listened until the end, which, although unresolved was nevertheless complete.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys really good writing and an intelligent mystery. Not your everyday paperback thriller !!
I must say that I quite enjoyed this book. The story was well crafted and the characters well drawn. The only negatives for me, were the religious references and the character of the kidnapper who was on one hand portrayed as a nice guy and good father figure and on the other as a murderer and child stealer who was intent on murdering again. I think a more interesting and evil character could have been developed, which would have made the story more interesting, rather than the Mr "ordinary nice guy" that had simply lost the plot when his own son died. I'm not sure why this book commanded so many 5/5 scores. I have read far better mystery/thrillers that commanded this type of score, but alas they don't come by that often. In summary, an OK read.
Linwood Barclay's excellent writing skills being decently performed by Peter Berkrot.
Oh, yes, it certainly did; very hard to pull the earplugs out to sleep. The story moved from one exciting moment to the next in this who dunnit.
Yes, I suppose it was but it was almost too exciting and had my adrenaline coursing late into the night while the plot changed from one suspect to the next.
A really good mystery suspense thriller with so many bad characters, from Mr & Mrs next door to major crime figures all living in this small town. It moves along at a decent pace until the denouement which is a real surprise. Great book, highly recommend; can't go wrong with this writer.
If you like layers in your books, this is the one for you. Murder & mayhem prevail throughout the book, but if you can get past this it's a winner. It's is a story about human weaknesses and needs to provide comfort in lives but goes horribly wrong with each satisfaction of that need. Everybody's response and need will be different and this book portrays us all at our very worst.
The tale of Nettie Cobb, with her 'carnival glass lampshade" obtained from Gaunt and her fear and hate for "that Polish woman over the back," Wilma Jerzyck was most memorable for me. It almost took on a cartoonish quality in my mind as their story within the larger story unfolded.
Given that the book was some 25 hours long, no, I did not want to listen to it until the end. Also, I must say, the book was pretty heavy going in parts and having a rest occasionally was heavenly relief. Although I enjoyed the book, I partook in smallish slices of a few hours a day here and there and it took about 5 days to fully consume.
yes, the music was off-putting and the book would have been better without it. Perhaps the book was a little bit too long. I know I was somewhat relived when I had finished it. I'm not sure why; relief at the end of the shop Needful Things or relief that 25 hours had come to an end? Stephen King is a top class story teller and not a bad reader, too. All in all, a top shelf book.
silly question; I don't read.
Jack, a compelling character with wit, intelligence and an interesting past.
Dick Hill brings Jack Reacher to life. I could not imagine anyone else performing Jack Reacher.
all the above, albeit mildly.
Exciting plot, exciting character and the story moved along nicely and was nicely unpredictable for a change. I have held back on reading this series, and I know not why. I think I had a feeling it was about spies and international intrigue, which I'm not much of a fan of and associate this sort of reading as 'boys.' If you haven't tried a Reacher before either, perhaps it's time for you too.
it could have been a far more exciting book than it was; the basic premise was quite good but needed a lot more development of the characters whom I felt I never really got to know in this story. Alex in the computer especially needed far more to do within the story.
the most interesting aspect of the story was the basic premise that our minds - if not our souls - could live on after our bodies have ceased to exist. The least interesting aspect of the story was the main character, Michael. He was supposed to be a dynamic worldly man but instead came over as being vapid.
no favourites here.
No, round one was enough.
recommend purely for the unusual premise. Not badly written and quite interesting, but not really an addictive page turner.
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