I never write reviews and I usually don't read them, but if I can save you the pain of listening to this, it's worth a try. The writing is choppy and terribly sappy, it sounds like something a 6th grader has submitted as a project. I'm not sure how Patterson is still selling books, but the last several I have read have been a waste of time. Listening to this one confirmed it for me! And what is it with his calling out name brands of items, does he get a kickback from Creme de la Mer and Boss Hugo??? The narrator tries to give it life, but I think Patterson's lost his mojo!!
The story is good, the research extensive, but the narrator is very tedious! Despite, the book is a great true crime story and cautionary tale for parents!
It is shocking to think that a whole family of people are so arrogant that they think they can b-s a jury of logical people. Like playing football a decade prior would shelter him from the responsiblitiy of taking two lives! Amazing!
The narrator read every line like it was a newspaper headline. Her tendancy to try to make every word sound SENSATIONAL really worked to detract from the authenticity of the book.
Yes, watching David Temple's life and family unfold are like watching a train wreck. He was raised to be a sociopath so, it's no wonder he's in prison. To the end, his family was lying to protect him!
Shame on Harpo for not researching this story!! Read the report on the Smoking Gun. Most of the touching accounts in this book are debunked in that report. So much so, that it makes you wonder what else is fictional! The major crimes, the portrail of the angry outcast, the pure and direct honesty.... systematically dismantled!
Just this author
The narration is good, given the plot. When the most common phrases are 'oh my' and 'holy crap' (both used dozens of times), you really have to adjust down your expectations. The characters and subject is interesting, but the book is fifty shades of disappointing.
This is a great listen. The narrator brings you back to the late 1800's. You can feel the excitement of the expo building as the book progress, alongside the desperation of the crimes of Holmes. The juxtaposition of beauty/evil, strength/weakness and light/darkness are intriguing.
I am SO glad that I listened to this book instead of reading! The story is heart-breaking/warming and it's a truly enjoyable book, but the stars (other than Rosie!) are the narrators. They give incredible warmth, passion and life to this listen! It is on my list of top 10, but only in audio!
Yes, the story and characters are griping!
Laura Hillenbrand's writing absolutely captivates listeners! From the monotony of the lapping ocean to the shiver that runs up your back when Louis encounters his torturer! The story is amazing and Ms Hillenbrand has captured it masterfully....very well done!
This is a very interesting book that carefully weaves the life of the great airman, his family and the questionable characters highlighted. Detailed and thorough investigation and a captivating performance.
The Jack Ryan series has be out there so long, I was curious to see how this book would evolve the characters, especially Jack Jr. It was well worth the credit. LDP does a good job narrating and giving the book additional life.
Preston's account of this story is breath taking. His story telling is intriguing and leaves you wanting to explore these treaures first hand. Great listen, thank you!
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