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.
As I slogged through this latest madcap adventure (sarcasm) of Walt's, I realized that the only reason to continue through to the end is George Guidall's narration. I also came to the realization that it isn't enough. Once again Walt makes completely illogical and baseless decisions based on "his word", jeopardizing his relationships with the people he professes to love. In this instance, he risks missing the birth of his first grandchild, by his daughter, whom he professes to love above all else. All the while mentally pontificating over the obligations one has to the ones that love them. The entire book is maddening in this regard.
And once again, Walt heads off into a snow storm in Wyoming (while the book takes pains to stress that wyoming storms are nothing to to trifle with) grossly underdressed, unprepared, and with an overconfidence that should get him frozen to death. he encounters a situation in which he should die, but he is miraculously saved by ___. it is so close in plotline to the escaped convict goes up the mountain book, as to be embarrassing.
Lastly, while I enjoyed the spirit references in the earliest couple of books, their appearance here is ham-handed and cavalier. In the past, the author had treated them with a certain reverence. Here they are plainly devices used to deliver a couple of pieces of information that could have been delivered in a more plausible way. It very much feels, and reads like he phoned this one in. Walt... I wish you well, but we part company here. Good luck. At this rate, you are going to need it.
I enjoy this series, for the quirkiness of the characters, and the introspection of the main Inspector. I like the overall themes of tolerance. they area fun read/listen. I enjoyed the discovery of the Hermit and his treasures, the introduction of the native people of the Charlotte islands. I will be looking into that more. Enjoyable books, fun listens. It had a little twist that I didn't expect at all.
(am I the only one who despises Peter? what a terrible terrible person. I have zero empathy and really hope he suffers some kind of accident and dies, in a later book. Not giving anything away here, just venting.)
This is not a stand-alone book. I think you must need to read these in order. I was able to get 2 hours into it, but the plot line wasn't much advanced, it was mostly the individual characters being concerned for each other, that took up a lot of time. 1/5 of the way in and the many main characters have just touched base with each other and reassured themselves of each others safety. or not. (not giving anything away here). Didn't really care for it. the "detective"-ness of it is subpar. more of a character study i think, and since I have no previous involvement or investment in the the characters, it is completely uninteresting.
i tried really hard to like this book. i have been disappointed with the last several books I have tried, so I was determined to make it thru this one, and like it.
I like the writing, the sentence structure. how the whole thing is set up and described. the author likes words, likes to weave them and use them to their full advantage, and it shows. The narrator is quite good, great accents, nice cynical note, self-deprecating humor, touches of overall humor... all good.
the story though. ugh. just. not. interesting. ghosts rising from the dead, demons free to assume human form and interact with mortals, cool. people who can see these ghosts and interact with them, find out the problem, banish them, even cooler. it all sounds great.
but the execution of the plot line is blah. not terrible, like bang your head against the wall terrible, but can't-keep-my-attention bad. i just didn't care what happened. the guy would come up with a scheme, or get into some trouble, and... i just didn't care.
i do not love books that throw you into a new situation, or new way the world works, without some type of explanation. the explanation can come as the story moves along, but some sort of explanation is required. that didn't happen here. it makes me feel like I am fumbling in the dark. do not dig it.
I bought this based solely on the reviews, and I am delighted that I did. It is unexpected and treat to listen to. I am not a big fan of technical talk, and I my eyes did glaze over at a couple points. But I came back when I wasn't driving, and managed to get past those parts, lol.
extremely well written, the character is totally likeable, the prose well structured. One of the reviewers was lamenting the fact that so many obstacles were encountered. I have to say that yes, there were a lot of obstacles, but in reality, wouldn't there be? A manned mission to Mars? bound to be a ton of unforeseen stuff. the story is original, and I will be eagerly anticipating mr weir's next novel.
somehow I missed this one. back int he day, i read these books like crazy. love the cast and crew. began listening to the latest ones, about a year ago. at some point figured out that I missed the one where letty is introduced. glad I went back and found it.
I'm not a fan of the narrator. i do not care for his delivery, nor the way he seems to suck all the teasing and humor from the text. I don't know if it is just me, but when I read these, there is a wry and sly humor to lots of the interactions, and that is missing from the narrators delivery.
As solid entry into the series.
overall i enjoyed this book and will try the next one. the author has a love for words and a nice lyrical quality to her writing. In this particular book, the main character is completely unlikable. i understand the need to create drama and compromising situations, but books in which a supposedly "intelligent" character makes improbable mistakes in judgement are difficult for me to forgive.
The supporting cast are very good, especially the sister, the partner and the sub-partner. it's a believable storyline, although i deduced the culprit early on. No spoilers but if you are a fan of detective dramas, and have read say 20 decent ones, you too will figure it out early on.
despite all that, it is a good read/listen. i am eager to see if the quality improves when the main character is not this damaged, jerkish man.
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.
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