SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States | Member Since 2013
George Guidall, the narrator of the first book, is an amazing talent. I look forward to when he returns to this series with book 5...however...Frank Muller IS The Gunslinger. His talents and abilities shine through on this book unlike any narrator of any book I have listened to. I may be a little biased due to my unyielding love for this series, but this audiobook is a real treat.
One of the best stories of the series, The Drawing of the Three leads the listener into the world of the Gunslinger, and then into the worlds of The Drawing, right from the beginning...and you will never want to leave. One of the biggest compliments that I can give a book is one that I give this book. As I neared the end, I was at once enthralled to gain the climax, but also melancholy that the journey was nearly over.
DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!!
This was a good book. I usually quite enjoy young adult books, and this one is no different. Maybe they are just more on my level than I want to admit. Haha... This was a great storyline, but I did feel as if the story got a little too big for the author by the end. The last 1/3 of the novel was not as satisfying for me as the beginning, but well worth completing! The narrator did a fine job, too. Very good.
This is truly a special series. I loved the first book, and while this second installment may not be 100% the equal of the first, it is probably 98% of it! Just a great capture of a by-gone way of life. The storyline is amazing, and is very engrossing, but the way that the author captures the feelings and the speech patterns and the ambiance of the time period is so, so good. I just love being immersed into this world.
The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, is exceptional. I don't think I have ever heard a narrator and a novel that fit so perfectly together. I don't think there is another narrator that could have performed this book as well. Edoardo simply IS the voice of these novels. Absolutely perfect.
This is a great series, and I can not wait for the next on! Actually, I can't wait to indulge in the first two again, if you want to know the truth.
I liked this book. That really sums it up for me. One of the ways that I determine how much I enjoyed a novel, is how long it takes me to decompress and absorb the story after I finish the book. When I completed Rogue Island, I don't think I spent any more time at all thinking about it. There just isn't enough interest for me. It was a good story, but probably one that I will not bother with again. It just left me feeling like...OK, on to the next one.
The characters were fairly well developed, but I never really cared much about them. The storyline was formulaic and predictable, but still intriguing enough to entertain. Just an average experience. Middle of the road review for a middle of the road book.
I love Michael Connelly's writing. He has a way of really engaging the reader, and not letting go that I quite like. This book is one of those that just works...from the start to the finish. I always wonder when I read a book like this if the author knew what he (or she) had when they were writing it. In my opinion, this one is an instant classic. Makes we want to continue to explore the Mickey Haller character. Mr. Grupper did a fine job with the narration as well. An excellent read!
I enjoyed this installment in this series even more than the first. For me, this book started out slowly, but once the hero left the shelter of his shelter...the plot really got going. I thought it was very suspenseful, and full of action and plausible scenarios. Well, plausible under the current conditions of the storyline, anyway. Haha...
I really enjoy the narrator as well. They did a great job in finding the right voice for the subject matter and style of the writing. Great book!
I loved this book. Lee Child really found his muse in Jack Reacher. Easy to listen to, and worth every minute!
As a Stephen King fan, I find that I hold him to a higher standard than I do other authors. I love the breadth and diversity of the stories that he tells. Everything pfrom true horror and macabre, to adventure and fantasy. I love his style.
Even with all that being said, this novel is in a class of its own. I hardly recall a book where the characterization of the players was as full and vibrant as the characters in this story. I remember reading this when it was originally published in serial format. I remember waiting for the next installment… Anticipating where King was going to take the story next. I loved that experience. Almost as much as that, I loved hearing Frank Muller add his voicing to such an amazing tale. Stephen King once declared that Frank Muller was "his voice". That Frank was the voice that Stephen heard in his head as he wrote. I believe that.
This is a story about good versus evil, yes. But it goes much deeper than that. This is a story about atonement. A story about forgiveness. A story about finding our true selves and standing up for something bigger than what we found. In a strange way it's also a story about justice, even though no justice was really found here.
This truly is an epic story. And one that should be listened to, read, and pondered in order to be truly understood. Simply fantastic.
This novel deserves to be in the shadows of Silence of the Lambs. It is a good book, don't get me wrong, but it is not in the league of it's successor. There are many parallel lines in this story with Silence of the Lambs (SOTL). In fact, some of the famous parts of SOTL originated in this book. Often word for word. It felt to me like this was Mr. Harris' first attempt at his idea for a great novel, and SOTL is a second try at basically the same storyline with MUCH greater results.
The "bad guy" in this book was a well developed character, but just felt a little too "pre-packaged" for my taste. Like he was built to check off all of the typical serial killer development boxes. I don't want to get into too many specifics in my review, as I want the reader/listener to experience them for themselves, but while much of this story line worked well for me, there were a few points that I didn't like.
There really was not much mention about Lechter in this book, either. There is one encounter with him in the asylum (rang very similar to SOTL), and a few brief mentions of him throughout, but that is all. The story focused much more heavily on the Dragon.
As I have looked back over what I have written so far, it sounds as if I didn't enjoy this book. That is simply not the case! I did enjoy it, and if I would have come across it before I was exposed to SOTL, my review would have been much more glowing.
I didn't love the narrator. He did a fabulous job for the most part, but some of his voices seemed to get quite whiny for my taste. Again, that is personal preference, and you may feel completely differently! All in all, this was well worth a read!
Ok, I don't give out 5's across the board very easily. I mean, I'm not the most stingy 5-er out there, but it does take a pretty good experience to get straight 5's out of me. This book earned every one of them!
I had no idea what to expect with this book. It was a Daily Deal, and that is the only reason that I bought it. It had a fairly intriguing teaser, and so I though I would take a chance on it. It sat in my library for quite some time, and I finally decided to give it a whirl. I could not be more surprised and pleased.
This book goes to show that, if the writing is good, any good vs. evil story can be a masterpiece... regardless of how silly and outlandish the actual players and setting of the story are! The plot line of this book is ridiculous. It has a bit of sci-fi, and a bit of adventure, but for me it all comes back to simply amazing writing. The characters are so great, and their interaction is so believable and engrossing. I never felt as if the author was pushing too hard, or stretching too far. I really enjoyed this book.
The narrator could not have been better, either. Perfect pacing, perfect intonation, and tempo. All around a fantastic experience!
I really enjoyed this book, but it took a few chapters for me to really get into it. Started a little slowly for me, but once the story got going I thought the author did a great job. Built all the way through, actually, and got more exciting and well written the farther I got into the book. The Irish angle really was interesting. I love the language used, made me have to think just to know what they were talking about! I really loved the narration, as well. Gerard Doyle did a fantastic job, and the accents added a lot to the experience. Well done, and I will move on to the next book in the series!
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