I liked the unique characters (and their names) in this novel. It's not often when you have an Aborigine detective named Andrew Kensington as the co-lead of a murder investigation in Australia. The plot turns seemed to make no sense. They did little to add to the story. There was such a slow build up to the story that I expected more of a climax but nothing. I was a bit let down.
The revelation of who the real murderer was. It seemed a bit convenient.
Not much. Some of the characters sounded like they were from Transylvania rather than Australia.
No, I hate to say.
I read Jo Nesbo most recent novel, The Snowman, and I was inspired to start from the beginning. The Bat was a bad foreshadowing of The Snowman. Same plot twist, same story.
The performance by Lara Hutchinson. I could not understand and found myself listening to her parts 2 to 3 times so I could keep up with the plot.
Honestly, I don't know. Maybe the book got better in the second half but I did not want to invest more time in it.
Could not follow the plot. I only listened to the first part. It took me 3 weeks to get through it and I could not see myself devoting another 3 weeks to a book that honestly the plot was thin and rather juvenile.
Disappointment. I have read all of the previous books and could not wait until The Secret Place came out.
I have listened to books by narrators with French, Chinese, Hispanic, Scottish, Finish, Norwegian accents and have had no trouble understanding the narrator. Lara Hutchinson spoke so fast with her Irish and dare I say, valley girl accent that I could not understand on the first listen. The director should have auditioned more female narrators for this novel.
This was a really long book but to what end? I've read most of King's novels, some long and some short, but this one did not seem to have a focus. It was a rather meandering sort of narrative. As an artist, I was really looking forward to this book but it just didn't deliver.
Of course! I could never give up on the master of horror and suspense. Everyone has an off day, Duma Key was okay just not vintage King.
Nothing special about the performance. The character of Wireman was well imagined.
No, not really. Sorry, Mr. King. I still love you.
The continued relationship of Claire and Russ.
The performance of Suzanne Toren is consistent but the plot of the book requires a suspension of belief that goes beyond fiction.
Will Claire and Russ' marriage survive the winter storm of the century?
Okay, I just love JSF and I have read each one of the books in the Claire Ferguson / Russ Van Alstyne series at least 3 times. I waited with anticipation for TTED. Okay, so this book starts with action from page 2! There are a lot of plot lines in this story involving Kevin Flynn, Hadley Knox and obviously Claire and Russ. Claire and Russ go on a honeymoon in the middle of the winter storm of the century (rain, hale, ice and snow), their plan is to go to a cabin with no electricity and no indoor plumbing located on a lake in upstate NY. Claire is 5 and 1/2 months pregnant and faced with the prospect of having a child who maybe developmentally disabled because of her abuse of alcohol in One Was A Soldier. (BTW, I really hate that JSF made Claire an alcoholic in OWAS). Both Claire and Russ face the prospect of unemployment. Claire must explain the bad timing of her pregnancy to her parishioners, vestry and the church's leadership. The bishop is not happy that Claire was clearly having sex prior to marriage and has a baby bump to prove it. Miller's Kill county is considering out sourcing the police to NY State patrol dissolving the Miller's Kill police department. Kevin Flynn has been offered a job with the Syracuse police dept and Hadley Knox's past has been revealed. She was former porn star in California and her dirtbag husband wants Hadley to give him the rights to her movies or he'll sue her for full custody of the kids. There is so much chaos in this book that I thought Bruce Willis might show up! Car accidents, dumb criminals and even more inexplicable decisions by Claire and Russ move this story along at sometimes a snail's pace. Then the end, a cliff hanger involving Kevin Flynn and Hadley Knox and the future of the MKPD! I won't put down JSF because this book was not up to par. I'll be waiting to buy the next book, I only hope it comes soon!
The overall storyline was very intriguing. I love books with strong heroines and I appreciate the twist and turns he puts his heroine, Vick McQueen, through. I may have not liked what happened to her but this was an awesome read.
Just the overall premise. I mean, who thinks of this stuff?
Decent narration. I generally don't go for her narration but she did a pretty good job here..
The Shorter Way,
Read this book! Read this book!
I figured out the end pretty early. I wish there had been a little more mystery to the book.
Probably not, it was a just too contrived.
Well, Charlie McNally is supposed to be a 46 year old woman. Her voice was a little young and immature.
Not much of anything really.
Yes, I would and I would listen more attentively to the first part which seemed to me a little run of the mill. Then, BOOM! the good and when I say good, I mean crazy, begins. What a wild story!
The plot twist. I tried to aniticipate them but I was stumped.
I don't know that I have a favorite but I would say I loved the confrontation between Nick and Amy when she returned.
It made me mad at times. I laughed at times, too.
This is definently a good book to try if you aren't sure what book you want to listen to next.
I would not change a thing about this book. It was pretty awesome. I won't be a spoiler but I could not have guessed the ending. There are lots of storylines to follow and Mr. Connolly does a masterful job of keeping us engaged and made each storyline easy to follow.
As usual, Charlie Parker is just a great protagonist. The plot was awesome. The setting on the almost secluded island only added to the plot.
I LOVE George Guidall as a narrator. I think his narration has a wry quality to it that I absolutely adore. I search for books he has narrated and on the strength of his narration alone, I may choose to listen to a book, I would not have considered before. I listened to Neil Gaiman's American Gods because George Guidall was the narrator. Okay, so Tony Ward's performance was a bit strange. It was as though he had something in his mouth like a piece of candy the entire time he was reading his parts. I like books with different narrators. It add a freshness to the material. My ears perk up when I hear a different voice. I did read another review that hinted at the low quality of Tony Ward's performance but I disregarded it, thinking that it was subjective (especially since the reviewer did not like George Guidall as a narrator); but really his review of Tony Ward's narration was spot on. Mr. Ward did sound slightly inebriated. I hope Mr. Ward's performance on this book is an anomaly, I would hate to avoid listening to books simply because he was the narrator.
Oh, you better believe it! Although, I have no idea which actor I would like to play Charlie Parker?
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