I almost didn't buy this because of FOSB (Fear of Scott Brick) but was pleasantly surprised that he seems to have toned down his inherent Scott Brickiness. Ha! I'm halfway through, think I've figured out the connection among the murder victims, and am particularly enjoying the stories and dialog of the counseling sessions led by the main character. Lots of implausibilities here but what the heck, it's not a textbook.
The story is a fairly simple one--a man pathologically obsessed with a young woman but what makes it so gripping is the first person narrative. His character isn't so much explained to us but revealed by his feverish thoughts and rationalizations. He's despicable but also funny and smart; hate to be gender-ist but I'm more than a little impressed by this female writer getting so deeply into her male protagonist's head.
And may I say Mr. Fontana's narration is superb, perfect for this story. Excellent timing, excellent interpretation of the material. Definitely recommend. (It didn't offend me, but be warned the language is "adult."
Several deaths occur in patients with multiple serious health issues who also happen to be beta testing iDoc, a cell phone app "primary care doctor" developed by a huge insurance company. Are the deaths coincidental? A result of the evil machinations of an insurance company intent on watching the bottom line? Or something else?
The fictional iDoc of the book is probably already in the works. Sign me up please when it launches! The book makes a good argument for this technology or maybe it simply accepts the inevitable. I liked the discussions about medical ethics, the paucity of accessible health care for everyone, and the very real concerns about allocation of health care resources. Opinions abound, I'm not sure there's a definitive answer.
The writing is . . . ummm . . . pretty simple, sometimes to the point of cringe-worthy. But still, I do recommend this book for a little glimpse into the not-too-distant-future of medicine.
One of the better books I've heard in the last couple years, reminiscent of Crooked Lettter, Crooked Letter, a favorite. The characters are written with such depth and feeling. One Audible reviewer complained, finding them stereotypical. On the contrary, I found them--the middle school bully, the killer, the school teacher, the cop, even the victim--complex and multifaceted. The story weaves in and out of the character's lives, back and forth thru time, revealing the part each plays in the sad drama.
Some reviewers were unhappy with the ending; I found it to be just right. To me the themes of the book were inevitability and lost chances; events unfolded in the only way they could and the ending perfectly illustrates this.
The reader was very good. She has a light touch which, oddly, works well here. A voice laden with portent (insert Scott Brick here) wouldn't be nearly as successful.
And that's in just the first hour.
Part X-Files' episode "Home" and part original "Hills Have Eyes" with evil, murderous Southern backwoods (why are they always from the South?) family preying upon hapless travelers. If you like this sort of thing, as I do, you'll probably find this book somewhat entertaining.
"Somewhat" because I wasn't able to listen for a couple days and completely forgot what I'd been listening to. Not super compelling but a fine diversion while weeding the yard.
Heck, even if the author makes a complete hash of the ending, the journey was worth it.
I listen to a lot of mysteries and thrillers; most of them are lightweight both in terms of plot and the author's writing ability. This is generally jim dandy; I'm here to be entertained. But The Woodcutter not only entertained but delighted. Well written, complex characters, interesting plot (I think I've figured it out but suspect I'll be wrong). The reader has a great voice and does the regional accents really well. Um, I think he does them well, guess you'd have to ask someone from England, though.
Give it a listen--it's smart, sometimes funny and, yes, entertaining!
Gave up after Part 1. I was so looking forward to listening all weekend as I worked in the yard but, alas, couldn't do it. Very good reader though.
For my taste, the story jumped around too much. A little jumping eh, OK, but Mr. Hill was all over the map. Literally.
Hmmmm, maybe I'm just not a fan of magical characters with superpowers. If you are, like the bulk of the reviewers, you'll probably be quite happy.
Very entertaining book. Good narrator, he kind of "acted" the characters if you know what I mean. But not in an obnoxious way. You have to suspend your disbelief for some of the character's foolish and dangerous actions*. Plus the ending was pretty predictable. But what the heck, sometimes we need a little fun, don't you think?
*Ha! Suspend disbelief in a review of a book about God speaking through chosen people. Snort!
well written, good story, talented narrator
They'll all so good. You know immediately which character is speaking .
Well, yes but mustn't give the story away
I've listened to a number of Mr. Robotham's books and have enjoyed them all. I think the narrator is very talented also. Doesn't particularly "act" the characters just lets them tell their stories.
Good story; the young heroine was particularly appealing. I hadn't read anything by Mr. Abrahams but will again. Nice mix of humor and suspense. Mr. Daniels did a great job with the characterizations and pacing.
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