For so many years, I have been a fan of Sandra Brown - at one point, she was my favorite author. However, her last couple of books have been disappointments. I barely made it through Smoke Screen. I felt like I was listening to a Harlequin Romance with enough trash talk to give it an R rating. I kept looking at the time to find out when it would end. It was predictable and boring. Although I usually like this narrator, his southern accent made the hero seem like a redneck.
I've read most Nora Roberts books but I honestly think she has pseudo writers who occasionally trash her talent. I was extremely disappointed in this novel. Like other reviewers, I wish I knew when I purchased it that it was an earlier of her novels. I wouldn't have bought it. Overall, the book was way too long, the heroine was weak (sorry, I appreciate the devastation of abuse, but it was out of place here), and there was no romance or chemistry between characters. The only positive for me was the narrator. I think she did a great job, but that was not sufficient to keep my interest.
I normally listen to audiobooks of this length within 3-5 days, but after a month, I was barely able to get it finished, and that was just because I kept hoping something good would happen. Save your money/credits!
Nelson DeMille is a gifted writer and definitely one of my favorite authors. With Scott Brick my favorite narrator, I was really looking forward to this book. Although I did enjoy it, it was long and I found myself becoming irritated by John Corey's sarcasm. DeMille carried it over-the-edge with this book. Like many other reviewers, I also thought there was too much time spent on describing Yemen, although I did learn a lot - as is usual with DeMille's books. It seemed the end was a bit rushed and I didn't get enough of an opportunity to really hate the Panther like I did with Asad Khalil.
Overall, I'm just grateful to have had the opportunity to have read/listened to another DeMille book. He's one-of-a-kind.
I'm a longtime Grisham fan and have read most of his books. I'm surprised at the number of highly positive reviews for this book. While the story was good, it lumbered along at a snail's pace. Literally, half of it could have been left out and the book would have been much better. It was just too long. I felt like it took me the year-plus it took to get to trial to get through the book. I also felt that the characters were haphazardly developed - some too much and others like Lettie, the focus of the story, not enough. I never felt like I really knew her.
Michael Beck did a great job as usual.
I'm such a fan of Dan Brown. I feel privileged for the opportunity to read, learn and experience his books. I will admit that I didn't initially get completely absorbed in Inferno as I did in his other novels, but I'm still so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to it. I think the reason is that his first novels were so magnificent that even he would have a hard time surpassing them. But I loved every part of this book. I learned so much about Florence, Italy and Dante that I have renewed interest in learning more. Brown does such an amazing job merging reality and history into fiction that you always wonder, "could this happen?" I think it could and it scares the heck out of me.
Even though it took me a month to get through this novel, I'm so glad I went against many reviews and got it. I will be thinking about the story for many years to come. And I can't wait for the next Dan Brown novel.
I loved this book from the very beginning to the closing word! Abigail was one of the most unique characters I've read in a long time and Brooks was the perfect man for her. The storyline kept me hooked!
I've read all of Lisa Gardner's novels and LOVE when a new one comes out. She's definitely one of my favorites! D.D. Warren is a hard cop but I've really enjoyed watching her grow into someone you would love to have on your team. I think that Kirsten Potter does such an amazing job portraying her. Whether it's more than one narrator or just her (as in this novel), the performance is always amazing. This book is so worth the price. I honestly couldn't put it down (or for audible terms, turn it off). No words for it other than fabulous!!! I can't wait for Gardner's next novel.
The story and premise were great. The narrator was one of the best I've listened to and did an amazing job with accents and capturing the essence of each character. My only complaint with this book was the length. Easily, one-third of the book (or more) could have been left out and it would have been so much better. However, I loved the ending. It was worth the wait.
I love Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch, but Len Carious needs to retire. I kept wanting to clear my throat for him. I know Harry is getting older, but the narrator is too old sounding even for Harry. He does a poor job with voices and has so many unnatural pauses, mostly because I think he can't catch his breath. Honestly, he needs to retire well before Harry! Other than the narrator, it was a great novel. It's time for me to just read the novel if this narrator continues to be selected to be the voice of Harry Bosch.
This book made me feel like a female wrote it trying to come off as a male. How many references to "dick" can you take in one book? I love saucy romance novels, but I didn't make it to the end on this one, as much as I tried. Maybe things would have changed, but I was mega disappointed and not at all engaged.
After recently finding Michael Connelly, I'm working my way through his books. They are all outstanding, even though I haven't "read" them in chronological order. Although Len Cariou does a nice job narrating, I much prefer Peter Giles who narrates the Mickey Haller books. I think Len makes Harry Bosch sound too old and doesn't do well with the female voices. Peter Giles flawlessly transitions between characters. Regardless, I can't wait to listen to Connelly's remaining books.
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