What I liked was what I found the most distracting. To anyone who has spent any time in Spokane, Washington, it was clear that was the setting for this story. Except for one misdirection, all street names and landmarks were spot on. Kind of fun except that if one is going to go to all that trouble, why not just call the city in the story Spokane and the river bisecting the downtown the Spokane River? Looking Glass River? Really? Dumb.
The story was OK, though certainly not exceptional. Other than being troubled by the place name, it was a satisfactory diversion.
Not especially, unless the author could bring himself to naming the actual city. I would read/listen to another.
Fascinating, exciting and captivating
There were actually several, but most had to do with how the lads had to push themselves beyond what they (and others) thought possible.
Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator, so I don't believe the problem is with him. Before a book is recorded, a staffer should be assigned to pick out ALL proper nouns, especially place names, and call a local Chamber of Commerce or somewhere to ascertain how these nouns are pronounced locally/correctly. This is not the first book where this has been a very big distraction for me, just the latest. Yes, the Pacific Northwest has some complicated and strangely named towns, but, in fact, so do places everywhere. As I listened, it was disruptive to mentally correct the pronunciations and eventually became frustrating at something so easily remedied. Again, Mr. Herrmann is a wonderful narrator. His voice mellifluous, his infusion of life into the characters sine qua non. Publishers, please...take the moments required to get the pronunciations right.
Lower half, but surely not the worst. The story line was both complex and, in places, predictable. My greatest issue is with the overuse (many times over) of the "F-word". I am no prude and I read almost exclusively murder mysteries. In addition, it is no source of pride for me to admit to a colorful, even blue, vocabulary. That said, repeating the word in question over and over does not make for spicy, interesting or even authentic writing. Instead, it becomes a distraction and significantly weakens the impact that "properly" using that and similar words is meant to have. I think my enjoyment of this book would have been far greater if the F-bombs had been cut by half...or more.
Yes, I would, but I hope for something written with more flair and innovation and less gratuitous f***ing language!
I have listened to quite a few (OK, loads) of mysteries, most narrated as well or better. He read very well. I listen because actually "reading" is no longer feasible for me. Old eyes get tired too quickly for the reader with as voracious an appetite for novels as mine. So, the alternative would be not having "read" the book at all.
Good grief, no. I come from a family of Scots and am accustomed to the accent, but even I had to actually work at listening in places. I don't fault the reader; I believe he was quite authentic. It was just that my Americanized ear is unaccustomed to the more heavily accented bits. I needed to take this story in smaller increments of an hour or so at a time.
I will try another book by this author with hopes for a positive outcome. I found his characters believable and well rounded. The plot was good, though not to say intriguing or exactly compelling. But it captured my interest and a desire to finish the book - not always the case, to be sure.
Friend, enemy, family, stranger... YES. Best mystery I've read in quite a while.
Robin, because of her unflagging loyalty and spunk.
He did all the various voices very well without being over the top. Yes, the accents changed appropriately, but the female characters weren't cloying or simpering, as I've heard some other readers do, even when the character is, in fact, strong. He didn't "read" it, by which I mean the cadence was just as though it were real life, not being read word-by-word. I recently listened to quite a good book, but the performance really threw the whole experience off for me.
No laughing or crying, but held in thrall, for sure, at many points.
Note to Robert Galbraith, aka J K Rowling, more please. I'm waiting anxiously, though none to patiently, for more.
I'm a big DeMille fan...usually. However, the protagonist is a xenophobic, bigoted, effete, misogynistic, upper class snob who seems to have no positive feelings for anybody, save for a way too vividly and too frequently described lusting for his simpering, libidinous, manipulative but air-headed wife. I listened to the book in it's entirety because the author touted it as the best he'd written. I not only could not empathize with any of the characters, I didn't even like any of them. The plot was hyper-extended to fill far too many chapters and could have been condensed to great advantage. If I had not already "read" so many of DeMille's other (and much, much better) offerings, I would never have read another by him. As it happened, I bought the sequel (very much by accident) and was too much of a thrifty Scot to just not listen to it. That book, The Gate House, is the reason The Gold Coast received two stars. It was hard to fathom that a book by such an otherwise wonderful storyteller could be worse, but The Gate House managed. So, by comparison to the one star rating for the sequel, I was forced to give the ever so slightly better The Gold Coast two stars.In defense of DeMille, I do like that his books are grammatically correct and he uses a vocabulary that assumes the readers/listeners have a good working vocabulary, themselves. More's the pity, this isn't always the case, so good marks for that.
Yes, and hope for much better. I have listened to many of his most excellent books already and will listen to more.
I don't know. His voices were good, and I guess he captured the characters' accents effectively, though the "preppy" accent and the nasal snobbery accent drove me to distraction. Not the reader's fault, as I believe he did it well. As mentioned above, the book was too long and listening to that voice of presumed superiority was grating, particularly since I didn't like the story anyway.
A whole lot... I think I'd have had it down to one download instead of three.
With so many really good books available, even ones by Baldacci, I can't think of anyone to whom I'd recommend this book.
No. It is because I'm a junkie of this genre I selected it in the first place. I have enjoyed other offerings by this author, and I truly expected much better than I got.
I'm not sure even Scott Brick could have saved this poorly written, poorly edited piece of... well, stuff will have to suffice.
I am an editor and there is so much from beginning to end, it would be hard for me to single out one or two scenes. Had I had this manuscript, there would have been cuts, slashes, and reworks throughout.
I was disappointed, too, that Audible didn't warn me that this was an older novel, or at the very least that it was set in a different decade/century. It was bad enough having a poor interpretation by the narrator of a poorly written/edited novel, but the inclusion of outdated technology was distracting until I got the timeline straight in my mind.
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