As always, Henning Mankell delivers a compelling story with flawed protagonists and twisted villains. The problem I had was with the narrator, Grover Gardner. While he has the kind of voice that you can hear and understand, he lacks sufficient skill in presenting different voices. There were conversations going on where I could not determine who was speaking because it all sounded the same. So while I would recommend Mr. Gardner for non fiction, I could not do so for anything where one has to follow conversations.
It is hard to assign a number to a collection of short stories written by different authors and presented by different narrators. Overall, I was disappointed. I found it quite difficult to get involved in such short stories populated, for the most part, by characters that I do not know and ultimately do not care about. Although I have read all of Henning Mankell's and enjoyed them thoroughly, the short story here with Kurt Wallender left me flat. Even Stieg Larsson's tale left me flat.
There was only one actual detective crime story late in the book. And even that one had a classic ending twist, not entirely unexpected. Perhaps, if I were a more discerning student of the art of writing a short story, I may have enjoyed this book more. But as it is, it is not for me.
I have enjoyed a number of Alastair Reynolds' novels but not this one. I tried to start it twice and gave up within a chapter or two both times. I don't know if it is the story or the narrator. During extended dialogues, I lost track of who was speaking because of the lack of distinct voices or even accents.
Second, in written form some authors use a blank line or two between scenes contained within a numbered chapter. That scheme is used in this novel. Then the narration pauses for a few seconds between scenes to signal the listener what is occurring. That is not used in this recording. Suddenly, a new scene has started without any notice; and sometimes without sufficient change in story that the change is not realized for several lines.
So, with a different narrator and editor, this might be a book worth listening to. Or it may just be one of those books that is easier to read than listen to.
Fans of the Grey Man, maybe. The characters are flat as cardboard. No background or personalization whatsoever. I previously complained that Patricia Highsmith spent too much time in developing a character and what they were thinking. This is the other extreme: no character at all.
Not at all. I didn't care a bit for the characters, therefore the plot was of no interest. If anything kept me on the edge of my seat it was wondering when I might learn something about the characters.
Unlike others, the use of two different narrators, one for first-person and one for third-person, didn't bother me at all. They were adequate but didn't have anything interesting to work with.
I have worked my way through most books that I didn't care for, but a few, including this one, I just couldn't finish. I really didn't care what happened, so the slog wasn't work the effort. I quit and returned the book.
So far I have listened to all the Walt Longmire stories, in order, and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Notwithstanding the TV portrayal, George Guidall sounds like Walt Longmire should sound. The story leaves one wondering whether a man could withstand the hardships encountered in this tale. However, Longmire is the man to do it.
a little disappointing. The narrator was trying to be cute but came of too cutesy with all the aside and snarky comments. At times I found the story hard to follow and finally gave up trying to follow along. I just accepted what was going on and rode the story to the end. Don't think I'll try his next book, if it ever gets published. Maybe Hugh should spend his time pursuing his other activities, for which he is more talented??
While it started a little slow, that was good because it continued to build right up to the end. In fact, even though the author says this is a standalone book, I can see, actually would like to see a sequel. At the end I found myself wanting to know what laid ahead for the characters. Well worth the time to listen to this book.
I was disappointed in the book, even after reading many of the negative comments. Thought I would give it a try, after all, someone wants to make a movie out of it. Ah, well, live and learn. If you like teenage romance stories, you may enjoy this book. However, if you prefer books like the Hunger Game series, then this is not for you. The book lacks the level of conflict, pathos, grit & grime, and subtly that good fiction needs. The target audience is teenage girls, not thinking adults.
Emma Galvin sounds like a young girl. Maybe that is good considering this is simply a teenage romance written in the first person. But she is not the person to narrate an action story, which Divergent is trying to be (at least at some level).
One thing that Philip K. Dick is known for is his ability to make the reader question reality. For example, what is the reality and what is stimulated imagination in “We Can Remember it for You Wholesale?” In “Impostor” who is human and who is not? Dick also presents us with conundrums in “Minority Report” and “The Adjustment Bureau.” But he usually leaves the issue unanswered, letting us postulate and debate what really happened. “Flow my Tears …” starts off with PKD’s usual ‘what’s going on’ approach but then tries to explain what happened in the end along with an epilogue?! Not classic PKD and not a classic story. Sorry.
I usually enjoy Scott Brick, but I’ve gotten so used to him in the Clive Cussler novels that he just didn’t sound right in this story. Nothing against Scott, I just think this story would have benefitted from a different narrator.
I had previously bought the third book in the series, Ballistic, on sale. It was so bad, I sent it back without finishing the book. The only reason I had this book is because it was on sale for free. I listened to it all the way through. Unlike Ballistic, The Gray Man develops a story around the Gray Man fully populated by other characters that have some interest in their own right. While the the number of unbelievable situations the Gray Man must escape from is staggering, at least the scene shifts from him to his antagonists, giving the reader some insight to their actions and motives, as contrived as they may be. It's not just a manhunt for a manhunt's sake as Ballistic seemed to be.
Jay Snyder does a workman job as the narrator, using different voices and accents for the various characters. His reading of the highly charges action sequences is quite good.
I don't expect to try any other Gray Man novels unless they are offered at the remarkably low price of $0.00.
Totally uninteresting characters. Pointless narrative. Some say this is more about the science than the characters. However, I find a story lacking without characters that are interesting or at least doing something interesting. I was so un-enthralled with the story that I frequently found myself not paying attention. But I listened to the end to find out what happened and Spoiler Alert?? nothing happened. The only reason I did not return the book is because I did listen to the end.
As to the narrator, again quite uninteresting. Unlike better narrators, his characters all spoke in so nearly the same voice that it was difficult at times to determine who was speaking. But not the worst narrator, by far, so gave him a middling three stars.
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