I chose to get The Borrowers to play during a long drive with my parents (74 years old) and my 17-year-old daughter. The story was as wonderful as I remembered and it was a treat to have it read in Rowena Cooper's marvelous British accent. Even my father, who seldom reads any fiction, enjoyed it! Now my daughter and I have been listening to the sequels whenever we drive together, and it is a marvelous bonding experience.
The dated parts were the smoking, the phones and the pre-9/11 attitude toward violence. There were scenes that screamed "hate crime" and "terrorism." It was hard to remember the world of 1986, when such concepts were not ubiquitous.
I bought this book for the Mikvah. The story was well worth it. It was interesting to hear the experience of a non-Jewish detective trying to protect an observant Jewish enclave from danger on two fronts. It was fascinating as a secular Jew relatively knowledgeable about Judaism to hear the thoughts and feelings of a Jewish woman who entered such a community.
Worthy of my curiosity about the Mikvah ("Ritual Bath") was the description and explanation of its significance to the community and its members. The juxtaposition of ritual and pragmatic obligations surrounding Mikvah's use was another fascinating part of the story.
The narration at first seemed awkward and I winced at some of the hackneyed pronunciations attributed to ignorant characters. Later on, it was jarring to hear the racist hate speech spoken by the somewhat unconvincing juvenile delinquents. Otherwise, the narration was adequate.
The overall story was a bit predictable. The detective seemed too crude at some times and too "sensitive new age guy" at others. The heroine, on the other hand, seemed too cussedly individual in some scenes and too helpless in one or two.
Nonetheless, I had trouble turning off the book when it was time and enjoyed every chapter. I may even pay full price for the next one!
I almost quit listening during the first chapter. I was thinking "What a hackneyed overdone illustration of an old fashioned, hard drinking, chain smoking, old timey detective. "
Then I laughed at myself. Sam Spade is the archetype of those old timey detectives. It was somehow acceptable for him to infantilize every woman, smoke like a fiend and lead on a widow.
Eric Myers was a fine narrator and made distinguishing the different characters less of a challenge. My only ongoing complaint is that he's not Humphrey Bogart .One can't expect miracles.
I started reading the Reacher series when I ran out of Harry Bosch stories. (Sorry, Michael Connally. I like Harry better than his half brother.) I chose this from another of the many series I considered because I loved the way Dick Hill narrated Connally's books and have not been disappointed in his narration of Jack Reacher's adventures.
Since I came late to the series, I was able to start at the beginning and proceed through them in order until I came to One Shot. It and The Hard Way were not available from Audible when I got there. So I skipped to Bad Luck and Trouble which I loved, kept going for 3 more books, and then, lo and behold, the two of them magically appeared.
I then read the reviews and was disappointed by the negativity of so many reviewers. One said that they were retitled reprints of two Reacher books and another complained that he figured out The Hard Way well before Reacher did. A third one criticized Dick Hill's narration and commented that it was not accurate for the characters. I was a bit disappointed, but I had loved every other book Dick Hill narrated by Lee Child and enjoyed them, so I went ahead. (I'm also a little bit compulsive about not skipping steps in a process.)
I loved both One Shot and The Hard Way and had no problem with the characters' voices. (I can't recognize an accent for my life.) I too, "figured them out" before Reacher, but I didn't care. I enjoyed hearing the steps he took to get there and I was completely unable to predict his plan for dealing with the theories he had along the way.
I have loved listening to every book in this series. I am always pulled into the stories completely and relate to the characters. I have no trouble distinguishing which characters do and say what and I have to force myself to stop listening and get out of the car or take out my earbuds when I have to.
I had read this one as a paperback back in the nineties. I think that I picked it up in an airport on a trip and was enthralled -- staying up until I finished it. When I joined Audible, Michael Connelly was recommended to me as being like some of the other authors I read. I hadn't realized that there was a series in which this was the third book until then, so I decided to listen to them in order. This one matched the first two in plot, characters and suspense -- even though I had read it before! Now I have just finished number four and I am about to get number 5. 3 cheers for this third adventure of Detective Hieronymus Bosch!
Great characters, plot
Harry's flashbacks to his Viet Nam experience
It was easy to tell the characters apart and usually his voice was just part of the story.
I was really disappointed in the characters who betrayed their values.
The lost star in "performance" was because I didn't like the voice of the female protagonist.
It's the first audiobook I've listened to on my Kindle, but it's definitely superior to the 2 I listened to on CD. I won't mention the ones I used to listen to on cassette tapes...
Harry's first contact with Bob!
No basis for comparison, but he did a great job!
The scene in Denny's with Molly.
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