It seems to me that this is a transition book to enable Connelly to continue his story line now that Harry is getting older. The addition of his daughter to the plot line, and the comments by Mickey Haller lead me to believe a new series of books are on the way. This is not Connelly's best, but it is still better than most. I love the China aspect. The ending is a bit abrupt.
It is very long for a YA book. I found that it dragged on and on. Also, the ending leaves you up in the air so you have to wait for the sequel.
I LOVE David Baldacci's books and will be listening to The Target soon.
Accented, enchanting, beautiful
I always buy Baldacci's books without reading the reviews. I wish I had known that (SPOILER ALERT) this was a YA dystopia novel. I still probably would have bought it, but at least I would have known. I pretty much stopped reading YA books when I retired from teaching Middle School reading and I've never been a fan of dystopian novels.
I probably would, I liked The White Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl. This book features a main character who is difficult to like or root for.
The main character, Margaret, whines, complains, connives, and conspires to get her son on the throne. She just isn't very likeable.
The narrator was okay.
I like historical fiction and liked the first book in the series. This one left me cold. I couldn't wait for it to end.
No, I have plenty of other books to listen to, but I did enjoy this one.
I really wish the author had lived long enough to write more books in this series. I think it would have made for an excellent series.
I wanted to believe this book. I really did. If the child were not the child of a minister I might have found it more believable. It is a nice story, but for me it came off as just that, a story.
For me to enjoy a book I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. I never felt connected to the characters or the story line. I bought the book because it was the first in a series and I am always looking for a series to enjoy. This isn't one for me. One caution for anyone is that the copyright for this book was 1964 and you may find the technology and attitudes to be a little archaic.
I used to love these books. I couldn't wait until the next one came out. But the last couple of books lacked any substance. The story wasn't compelling. Also the writing which is mostly question and answer style, got too repetitive and boring.
Spoiler Warning: In this particular story the fact that ALL of the various story lines came together was just too far fetched for me. I had figured out what was the problem with "Candy" early in the book and just waiting for Tempe to get it.
I love the Ryan character and the fact that he made a cameo in this book also irritated me.
Anyway, I'm done with the Tempe books. I'll use my time with something that is entertaining.
This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.
This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.
Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.
I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.
If you've listened to Lorelei King read a Stephanie Plum book, avoid this one at all costs. The reader changes pronunciation of names, runs sentences together, doesn't change her voice for each character, and is generally not very good. Because it is an abridged version it lacks the laughs that the other books have. I wish I hadn't bought this one.
I enjoyed this book at the beginning. The story kept my attention for more than half. Then it falls apart. My real problem with the book is that too many characters are just too stereotypical. First we have the orphan. Then there is the kind, (large) Mama--reminds me of Mammy (complete with RED head scarf) and her husband George. Marshall is the alcoholic, too mean, son. The overseer is evil, the tutor is evil, etc. etc. etc. I found the book getting tedious and couldn't wait for the end.
I enjoyed this history of the English language. It is well narrated. If you have an interest in this subject, this book does an excellent job in telling it from the beginning to today.
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