I'm a "Hilter Germany" junkie so I had to listen to this one, but if I had been reading it, I don't think I would have finished it. Although really interesting in some places, I would not call it "gripping". At times it reminded me of the line from Amadeus, when Emporer Joseph said to Mozart..."too many notes."
I had the same problem with The Devil in the White City, (which I couldn't finish), so I guess I'm just not a big Erik Larson fan, if you are, please disregard my comments.
One of the best books I've listened to. Not as riveting as King's "11.22.63" (which is Stephen King's absolutely BEST book ever--and the Audible version is one of my all-time, top-10 audiobooks), but very good and worth spending the 19+ hours it took to listen to it. It's not as scary as The Shining (which scared me to death, but maybe because I'm older now, it wouldn't have the same effect on me as it did in the 70s), but it is by Stephen King so prepare yourself for some very evil characters.
You don't need to have read The Shining to be able to follow this book, but if you have read The Shining (seeing the movie doesn't count), you will want to find out what happened to Danny Torrance by listening to this book, that's what I liked best about this book.
I haven't listened to Will Patton before, but I will definitely look for other books read by him. His reading of Doctor Sleep was flawless and made for a very enjoyable listening experience.
Abra and her grandmother, Chetta, were the most memorable characters, however even minor characters, like Billy or Dr. John, were vital to the story. Dick Hallorann is also back and just as charming as ever.
This book has been called "Dickensian" and that is a good description of this epic book. However, I found it more like "A Prayer for Owen Meany" (which is also one of my top-10 Audible books) than anything Dickens wrote.
Tartt's use of foreshadowing keeps the suspense at a level where you will have several "drive-way moments". I never found the story "slow" and could not wait to get back to this book whenever I had to turn it off.
The reader, David Pittu, really made this book come alive. The voice he uses for Boris, is just perfect and makes him more real than he would have been if I had read the book.
Don't let the 32+ hours scare you away--every minute is worth listening to.
I love legal dramas, the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly and the Ari Green series by Robert Rotenberg are the best but I also enjoy John Grisham and Scott Turow. This series, according to Booklist, is supposed to "leave Grisham and the gang choking on its dust". It does not.
The story starts off slowly and has some unbelievable and contrived elements, but it did eventually grab my attention and even had a few "driveway moments". However, the courtroom scenes are nowhere near as good Connelly, Rotenberg, Grisham or Turow. (Since I’ve read ALL their books, I’m looking for another good legal thriller author—but I haven’t found him/her yet.). However, I will probably give this author one more chance and read/listen to the next book in the series to see if gets any better.
I also found the writing a bit sexist--it was obviously written for a male rather than female audience, and this was annoying at times.
The narrator did a good job. There were some anomalies, like the fact that Pat, who grew up in NYC, had an Irish accent and Rudy had a Hispanic accent, although he was born in NYC and grew up in Florida--but the different accents did help keep the characters straight—even if they were a bit stereotypical. (I think if I were a Southerner, I would have found the “bubba” accents offensive.)
All in all, worth listening to, but not the best book of this genre.
Brigid Quinn will remind you of Kinsey Milhone at 58 (which is about how old she would be about now), the same sacastic look at life, the same wise cracks, the same dislike of children and the same disregard for things like rules, regulations and the law! (The fact that Judy Kaye also reads the Kinsey Milhone books does help with the similarity.)
An enjoyable book, despite some glitches (I lost the thread on how Brigid finally concluded who the killer was and a couple of other times I said to myself, "wait, how did that happen?"), but definitely worth your time--especially if, like me, you are a woman of a certain age and would like to read about a gray-haired woman kicking some serious butt!
Judy Kaye continues to be one of my favorte readers and she does another great job with this book.
Sarah Vowell just speaks to me. We read this for my book club and some members found her "arrogant" or "flippant"-- like those were BAD things??? OK, maybe she is a bit flippant, but that's her charm. I read this book and listened to it TWICE, so maybe I just "got it" and they didn't.
Aside from her irreverant style (which is why love her writing), her books are filled with wonderful historical facts--things you just did not learn in History class! If you find history dry and boring, give one of Sarah Vowell's books a try.
Let me admit that I think Sarah Vowell is one of the funniest, wittiest, most intelligent writers around today. This book of short vignettes is an absolute gem. The Swiss (who are very reserved on trains or busses) give me funny looks as I laugh out loud while savoring Sarah Vowell's clever turn-of-phrase. Unfamiliar Fishes is my favorite Vowell book, but this one may usurp Assassination Vacation as my second favorite.
The two main characters in this book, Amy and Nick Dunne, are pretty unlikeable (Amy's parents aren't much better), BUT don't let that stop you from listening to this riveting story. The "mystery" wasn't that hard to figure out, but I couldn't stop listening--I just had to know waht terrible thing was going to happen next! This isn't a pyshical who-done-it, but a psychological thriller of the best kind. Excellent, edge of your seat writing.
The two narrators also did an excellent job. I think this was one of those books that is better listened to than read.
I heard this book reviewed on a BBC program. Everyone on that show just loved it, so I thought, even though I'm over my (long ago) teenage obsession with vampires, I would give it a try. It did not live up to my expectations.
I liked the premise, your basic middle-class vampires trying to live "normal" lives, but I just didn't care about anyone in this story. If I had been reading it, I would not have finished.
Do not expect "Interview with the Vampire" which is, in my humble opinion, still the best vampire book ever written.
I'm a sucker for Gabriel Allon. I cannot get enough of these books. If you feel the same way, this one won't disappoint. (I also like Vivaldi even though he wrote the same concerto a hundred times.) It's not his most "believeable" work, but then are any of them? Isn't that why we love them?
I prefer the books with ex-Nazi or Russian crime lords as antagonists, as opposed to middle eastern terrorists (too close for comfort?) but if you are hooked on this series like I am, this one will satisify.
I'm not sure how long this series can go on, though. Gabriel and gang are getting a little old for this line of work--he must be at least 60 so, how old must chain-smoking Shamron be by now?
If you are just beginning to read Daniel Silva, this is not the best one to start with... I'd recommend "The English Assasin" which is still my all-time favorite.
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