The story moves along crisply and has very measured action and suspense. Guidall does his usual masterful job with narration. At the end there are no loose strings and it wraps up in a very satisfying manner. Recommend highly.
Overall the book very entertaining. Cole and Pike keep the action rolling, that's why the ending came as a bit of disappointment. It kind of just whimpered out. Nonetheless I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one. The narration is excellent.
J. K. Rowling may be the best fantasy writer since Tolkien but she is a poor mystery writer. Like many others, I feel this book is overly long with hundreds of pages of beautiful descriptions and dialogue that add nothing to the reader's experience. It reminds me of Winston Churchill's description of Russia "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma", except The Cuckoo's Calling inspires ennui wrapped in lassitude inside of boredom. Many great authors ultimately need editors but because they have such power derived from their success it never happens. You could cut 5 hours from this book and it would still be 3 hours too long. Nothing happens to people you don't care about. What this book does accomplish however is to introduce legions of readers to a whole new genre, the anti-thriller.
This is one of the better books I have listened to in a long time. The topic is of deep concern and this work of fiction explained a great deal of reality. The story is riveting and the characters very believable. I want to read the author's other books. Recommend highly.
John Sandford never disappoints, even an average story is better than the best by most other authors. Shock Wave starts fast and accelerates. The problem is that Sandford has set the bar so high it is difficult to say this is a great book by comparison. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and looked forward to exercising. That is when I allow myself to listen. Kept me very motivated to go for walks or lift weights.
There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.
If you are not easily annoyed by irritating teenagers this is the book for you. Unfortunately for me there are three of them in this book and it gets tiresome. They clearly bog the plot down. Nick Heller could be a great protagonist, but he clearly needs to stop hanging around anyone under the age of 25. Not nearly as good as Vanished, the prior Nick Heller saga, which also suffered from Gabe, Heller's insufferable nephew.
I have listened to each Walt Longmire novel prior to this one and each one has gotten progressively less interesting. Reading the reviews of this one I thought the trend had been reversed and bought it on hope. This is the worst one yet, boring like listening to paint dry. Two and one half hours into it and Henry Standing Bear is no where to be found. When Walt started singing some horrible song from his youth I threw in the towel and went shopping for something else. This is good bedtime listening, it should put you asleep in about 5 minutes, quicker than Ambien with no hangover.
Boring, I listened for 1.5 hours of an 8 hour book waiting for it to take off and it never did. The two protagonists get to a library in Detroit to do some background research and the library is closed. They were looking for help with a name. Could this book move any more slowly???!!!! Don't buy this book unless you are looking for a snooze fest.
This book leaves too many unanswered questions at the end and is also anticlimactic. There are many better thrillers out there, I would not waste the credit unless you really like this author. It is also too long and could be at least one to two hours shorter.
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