As I looked over the reviews for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter I kept thinking "yes, that's right" and "I totally agree" because this is a really good book. It has suspense, certainly, but it's so much more. And even though the main characters suffered a good bit because of their upbringing and class status, you sense immediately the goodness in both of them. Racism and hatred abound, but the novel's end gives cause for hope that better things lie ahead.
To not credit Kevin Kenerly for a great deal of the satisfaction from this story would be a shame. He became Larry, and Silas, and Wallace and every other character. He is simply excellent.
This is a fine use of a credit. Listen to this book!
I was never sure how this story would end, with all the flawed characters, each with strong motives to keep secrets well hidden. I enjoyed the unraveling of the plot and thought each narrator did a good job of providing her character's perspective to the story. A compelling mystery is hard to find and for me, this is one.
I would listen to it again, with appreciation for the character insights and subtle clues the author provides throughout.
My favorite character is Mick Kennedy, the most interesting police detective I can remember. His introspection throughout the book makes the reader understand why he acts in certain ways, and why he reacts as he does to the other characters.
I loved Mr. Hogan's narration. His Irish accent differs so much from Gerard Doyle's, whose tough hooligans are wonderfully animated by his reading, but Hogan's is wonderful in its own way. I loved hearing people called "thick" from time to time.
This book made me sad for everyone involved, which might not be much of a recommendation, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.
Just when you think Patrick cannot possibly have one more terrible thing happen to him, of course he does. Hurwitz leads you down a road just so far and then jerks you to attention with a directional whiplash. Some of these are a bit more believeable than others, but they all keep your attention riveted on the story.
I have to agree with those who think Scott Brick's narration is a little over the top, creating suspense where none exists. It's like I TURNED THE CORNER!!! when a conversational tone would do. When the really tight suspense occurs in the novel, the narrative doesn't change in any measurable way. Brick's voice, and his ability to change intonation with the characters, however, is superb.
I thought I had figured out the answer to this mystery about halfway through, and I'm pleased that I was wrong and fooled by some clever red herrings. All in all, this is a pretty well-written and tense thriller. I'll listen to his latest one, expecting more of the same.
I stumbled upon the "Dead" trilogy by Adrian McKinty and now I can hardly wait until he writes another book. Falling Glass upholds the standard the author has set with his earlier novels. Killian is at least as sympathetic a character as Michael Forsythe, and more intellectual and humorous. There's also a softer side to him that never gets in the way of what needs to be done, but occasionally stays his hand in a life or death confrontation.
The action is pretty much non-stop but there's lots of introspection as well. This is one terrific read and after the unexpected final scene, I look forward to seeing if Killian's adventures continue. Also, as other reviewers have noted, Gerard Doyle's narration is impeccable.
galore here, and too many "wtf's" to count. The story moves back and forth between Mexico and the Middle East as a former Navy Seal now working for the CIA along with various local and American accomplices attempt to stop a murderous Mexican drug cartel and determine its link to Taliban operatives. The killings, current and in his past, leave Max Moore a brooding, remorseful guy who nonetheless is up to the task of rounding up the bad guys. The details leading up to the ultimate resolution to the novel were intriguing but overly complex and told in violent detail. The book became gripping for me only when the two major plotlines came to a head and there was definitive action.
I thought Steven Weber did a good job with the various accents, working with a multitude of characters, and he kept things moving at a good pace. I liked this book but didn't love it, thus three stars.
At first I thought I wouldn't be able to listen to an entire novel narrated in a child's voice, but I really came to enjoy Jack's wonder and amazement at the world "outside." This is a story of the horror of captivity and the fear of the unknown. Jack's "Ma" does such an incredible job of teaching him things he might never get to experience that the listener knows he will be just fine. A touching and satisfying novel.
I almost gave this 4 stars, because I did enjoy the story and the characters were, for the most part, well-developed. I did feel that Deaver wasn't happy with simply writing a tense thriller about women fleeing from remorseless killers. Instead, he had to add one twist and then another, until I was sure the heroine would turn out to be a man!
Additionally, a disappointing aspect of this audio book for me was the nasal quality of the narrator's voice. I found it really distracting, particularly when he switched from a male to a female character. It made me feel I would have enjoyed reading this book more than listening to it.
With those caveats, a good page-turner. I certainly won't open a door to a stranger if I'm in an isolated cabin in the woods!
I found myself increasingly interested in the characters in this novel, which entertwines a modern story with The Great Gatsby in a very clever and ultimately surprising way. Not a page-turner, but well-constructed, with an ending that doesn't readily reveal itself beforehand.
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