amidst all the glowing praise for this audio book is one written by a reviewer named Sarah. her description fits my experience almost perfectly. i have to say that I didn't enjoy the subject matter as much as she did, partially due to the "herky jerky" aspect of mr bryson's narration. while a brilliant writer, mr brysons speaking voice is strangely lulling. I found myself mentally wandering away from the story often, and struggling with the odd emphasis' and cadence of his speech.
to soften this review, I have to say that "A Walk In The Woods" is one of my favorite books, ever, and I have read, and enjoyed, most of his other books. this is the first audiobook of his work that I have attempted to listen to.
I have been reading these books for 20 years. I am not sure if it is me that is tired of them, or Ms. Grafton. Kinsey just never seems to move forward. In this book she makes the same bone-headed choices and lets another batch of people take outrageous advantage of her, for NO APPARENT REASON other than this book needing to words on a page. Everyone is this book is crabby, if not downright bitchy. Even henry is put out.
So much of this book is filler. "I took out my overnight bag and set it on the counter in the bathroom. Grasping the small blue zipper tab, I pulled it to the right, revealing my toilette in miniature. So as to be prepared in the morning I removed form the bag my toothbrush, a small minty-smelling container of floss, a travel sized tube of toothpaste with a dent int he middle from previous usage, deodorant, foot powder to ward off any nasty fungus i might pick up from the grimy carpet, moisturizer, mascara..." aaaaarrrgggggghhhhhh!!!
it is also a bit jarring to adjust to the shoehorning in of a 2000=era problem to 1988. As far as remember, bums at off ramps wasn't really an issue at that time. i just didn't find the premise believable. but maybe i'm just crabby =)
If you are a diehard fan, then you might like it. Dietz and Cheney make appearances, wiggling their eyebrows, Kinsey does her stuff, kinda. I almost feel like Kiinsey is tired of herself too.
I didn't get far. This book has b een praised for the lyricism of the writing and the poignancy of the story. Those reviews are why I purchased it. So it baffles me that the narrator was so uninspiring. He could have been reading the classified ads or perhaps the periodic table of elements. from what I did listen to, i have a feeling that this book will be better read, than listened to. jmo.
the evil-doers are well done in this installment, and I like the introduction of the small town sheriff. I like that Lucas reverts to some of his old-school habits, which is why DearReader falls in love with the character. He's gotten a tad stodgey lately. better story than a couple of the previous books. a solid addition to a familiar series.
this one captured me right out of the gate. vivid storytelling, excellent narration. a couple elements are predictible, but perhaps that is only because human beings are predictable. original story, familiar good vs evil theme, but from a surprising direction. Highly recommend.
Have to agree with all the praise for this book. the first couple chapters are halting, as the stage is set, but the story deepens and becomes richer fairly quickly. Love the different take and perspective on the zombie phenom. The last 1/3 of the book was difficult to stop listening to.
this is a classic bodice ripper, and even though I want to tear it to shreds, i will not.
If you are looking for a brainless, light-hearted adventure romance, this just might be the book for you. If you are looking for something smart with riveting romance (along the lines of Outlander) this IS NOT it, at all.
the author is overly preoccupied with prodigious penises, blinding blue eyes, and massive physiques, to the detriment of the plot.
I do not think this book was intended to be humorous, but it is, in a grim sort of way.
The police, who play a very large part, as written, are so inept as to defy belief. Honestly, if a police officer, even a rookie, found a suspected kidnap victim, wouldn't he remove the duct tape over her mouth, the rope binding her hands, and the blindfold covering her eyes? perhaps ask her her name? or just throw her sideways across the back seat of the cruiser and head back to town, imagining the glory in store for the hero?
ugh. just terrible. This story does no favors to the inhabitants of Alabama, presenting the majority of them as thugs, obsessed hunters, or fame-seeking police officers.
would not recommend.
Enjoyed this very much. the narrator does a terrific job with all the scots accents. Each accent is easily distinguished from another, thus making it sooooo much easier to keep track of what is going on. i have read other books that deal with the Risings, but hadn't ever read so much about the first one, nor had the actual origination of the problem been made clear.
the mood and scenery are decribed wonderfully, and it was easy to fall into the mists, feel the ocean spray and smell the peaty smoke of the fires. i will be looking for another by this author. the plot device gets a tad over-used, but not so much that it made me crazy.
an engaging book, mainly because of the dog. the scenes told from the dogs perspective are very well done. the cops scenes, not so much. the difference was so pronounced, to me, it was almost as though from two different authors. i found the police officers character, thoughts, and deeds to be stilted, repressed, and extremely idiotic. anyone who is a fan of police or detective procedurals will be rolling their eyes as this doofus blunders though the plotline. his transformation from being completely self-centered and ignorant of even the basics of dog-ness, into a "dog-person" are abrupt and ham-handed.
all that being said, i enjoyed the overall story. Maggie gives 250%, which makes up for any short-comings of her partner. the plot was semi-predictable, but the novelty of having the dogs perspective makes it seem fresh. the stars for story are all for Maggie, and even so I just couldn't go to 5.
I have been a fan of Grishams' since the beginning, especially enjoying the non-lawyer novels. Painted House and The Last Juror are two of my faves, along with A Time to Kill. This novel did not disappoint. It was great to catch up with Jake and Carla and Harry Rex. Also wonderful to have a cameo by Willie Traynor.
In a change for me, the narrator was great, lol! (i usually slam the narrator, but this one did just fine).
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