The story line of this book was not very compelling. The previous books seemed to have a lot more tension and crime solving. So as a book it wasn't that great, but as an audio listen it was horrible.
The male narrator was just terrible. It sounded as though he were reading the book for the first time. He put the emphasis on the wrong words and he enunciated each and every word - almost like listening to a group of first graders sitting around a circle learning to read. It - was - a - nice - warm - day - out - side - and me - and - my - friends - were - playing. Nothing flowed, it was just a bunch of disjointed words.
The narration was so bad that it completely took me out of the story on numerous occasions, so I'm not sure if the book was really that bad or just the reading.
Like an earlier reviewer said - it might be better to read this one rather than listen.
More action earlier on - we expect trouble to find Reacher quickly.
He is the voice of Reacher
Why the hell Lee Child approved Tom Cruise is beyond me.
Liam Neeson would have been a good choice or at least somebody big, tall and bad ass.
I've read every Reacher novel - and this was certainly not one of the better one. It took 28 chapters - "That's two less than 30 - 4 more than 2 dozen and just under half of 58, which is the total number of chapters in the book." 28 chapters - for Jack Reacher - to throw his first punch. A bit too long if you ask me.
I don't think I would because I've already heard it. Maybe in a couple of years.
The fact the these cases are true. I believe strongly in God and good, therefore it only stands to reason that evil also exists.
He did a great job with the voices. I like the way he put inflections in Ed's voice,
Not necessarily - the information can be disturbing, so taking breaks is necessary. The stories are broken into nice sections making it easy to find stopping points.
The cases described in this book are amazing to listen if not undesirable to believe. Ed and Lorraine are amazing people and God bless them for doing what they did and even more importantly for spreading the word. Evil exists and our best weapon is God and love.
I hope there are more people with Ed's gift out there someone to help.
And everybody please.... Get rid of Ouija boards!!!
I would give Brad another try since his book usually get such high ratings. I normally love Scott Brick - but as so many others have said - every single line is read with soooo much melodrama it's hard to tell when something really is dramatic.
I would give him one more try.
Less melodrama - just read the book and don't make every line the height of suspension.
Confusion. The author switches from first person view to third person view and back again. It's very hard to stay in the story.There are too may characters early on - it makes it hard to identify or care about any of them.There are a ton of flashbacks - every other paragraph takes places in a different time.
A rough ride and for my first Brad Meltzer book it makes it tough to come back for another.
This is the first book I have ever stopped listening to before finishing. The narrator was just soooo boring - it was like he was reading a text book.
I did read his other book Ghost in the Wires and it was fantastic - in fact that's the reason I decided to buy this book.
He was very, very monotone and boring. No excitement or inflection in his voice at points where there clearly should have been.
Yes - listen to a different book - any other book.
It's too bad they didn't use the same narrator from Ghost in the Wires - that narrator really had Mitnick down pat.
It's one of the top 20
Yes - it was a roller coaster ride almost from the beginning,
When our hero descends into the concentration camp.
James Bond before James Bond!
Even though I pretty much knew the outcome - the story was fantastically written and had a great sense of anticipation.
No - I don't listen to books twice - I already knows whats going to happen.
The plot twists and surprises.
Some of the descriptions of torture and murder can be a bit disturbing.
Dick Hill is fantastic
This is my first Dave Robicheaux novel, the series gets such high ratings I just had to try it.
Much like the setting, I found the book very laid back and slow. Most books are like roller coasters, they have ups and downs throughout, but not this one. Like the long, slow, boring climb at the beginning of a roller coaster this book spent the first 3/4 getting to the top of the hill. The ride down the other side very mildly exciting but not worth the wait.
A earlier reviewer had commented about the narrator, no doubt Will Patton is good narrator, but during the descriptive sequences I found his voice almost hypnotic. And what's with the marathon descriptive sequences, I know the author is trying to give us a picture of the setting but come on. There seems to be 5-6 paragraphs of description for one little sentence of action. Between the long narratives and sleepy voice of Patton, is was very difficult to stay focused on the story and easy to fall asleep.
After listening the John Corey (Nelson DeMille) and Jack Reacher (Lee Child) series, which are full of action - this was a bit difficult.
As far as another reviewer banging on Scot Brick, I dare you to fall asleep listening to his excellent work.
This book is filled with excellent action, has a lot of interesting characters and a bit of history.
It does manage to drag in a few spots, but not too much.
I can't understand other reviewer's complaints about the narrator. Granted he's not Rich Little, but without his accents and voices, the book would not have been nearly as enjoyable.
Good read - recommended.
Well, it's John Corey, our favorite wise cracking detective.
This time instead of battling foreign terrorists, he finds a villain much closer to home. It's not a typical terrorist, one that you easily hate and want to kill, but someone who is actually charismatic and somewhat likable. This presents Corey with a problem, on one level he actually likes the guy, on the other, he's an insane idiot. When it comes to Patriotism and dedication, I think Corey sees a bit of himself in this guy and that idea forces John to take a closer look at himself.
The story itself is based on many truths, so its not that far fetched and while the some reviewers have suggested that the billionaire-reshaping-the-world is a bit cliche, I think we only need to look as far as Osama Bin Laden to see that it isn't!
The story was gripping, many surprises, people die unexpectedly and we're kept guessing. The tension built very nicely and when story peaked, unlike DeMille's previous book Night Fall, this one actually delivered a worthy, very satisfying conclusion.
The only negative comments I have, are regarding Kate Mayfield - Corey's wife. She was kinda of a whiner throughout, looking for the easy way out, always wanting to quit. Not exactly the traits you'd like to see in an FBI agent. But when the time came, she stepped up.
I look forward to John's next adventure.
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