This book just ended for me less than 10 minutes ago and I am forlorn! I didn't want it to end. In fact, I wish there was a sequel to continue to untangle the relationship of Silas and Larry. Having none, we will just have to imagine all the possible endings, happy and otherwise.
The story is completely engaging; as is the narration of Kevin Kenerly whose portrayals of the handful of characters is nothing short of brilliant. His intonation and pace were so perfect and true to the story he was reading that he brought it to life.
Make no mistake, this is a painful, poignant story of the old south recounted in a south that is coming of age. There are injustices and hurts that most of us can only imagine, having not experienced life as a poor African-American boy or a young man wrongfully accused of a grotesque crime. Larry, Silas, Wallace and others are captivating characters that will have you hooked early on in the story and you will be awed at how these relationships play out as the story evolves.
Loved this book! Hope that you will too!
The author and narrator of this series have done a fabulous job of creating a wonderful series featuring journalists and cops and criminals. Read them in order (1- Rogue Island, 2-Cliff Walk, then 3-Providence Rag.) Mulligan is a lovable, flawed reporter for the Providence RI newspaper, which by the way, is on life support as are most newspapers these days. The story is VERY contemporary, citing everything from Obama Care to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Each story is unique and different enough to grab your attention and engage your brain in solving the various conundrums the characters face. Political mud, mob crime, serial murders, and the ethics of modern day journalists are central to the stories and make for very good listening!
In some ways this is a "coming of age-coming to Jesus story"; but it is much more too. Circa 1961, a preacher's kid encounters personal losses and moral decisions that prove to be too much for a twelve year old boy.
This is an enormously satisfying story of a family and community that is at once ordinary and yet very unusual. Discrimination against Native Americans and those handicapped is visceral and leads to behaviors and decisions that create enormous hurts. The mystery of three deaths, all on or near the river are central to the story.
In the end, a young boy and his brother are faced with grave, all consuming decisions that will shape their lives forever.
The narration is superb, the story engaging and awe-inspiring.
This novel is categorized as "mystery/thriller - legal thriller" but it seems that is a bit of an exaggeration. It has plenty of mystery and much, much court room drama, but I could not find the "thriller" element of the story. In fact, the story is told in a calm, matter-of-fact way that reduces any anxiety or thrill that might have come along.
That said, it is a very good legal/court room drama story with numerous plot twists that will keep you listening. In this one, a litigator (white shoe law firm partner, husband, son, father) finds himself in the midst of a host of dilemmas, including representation of a family friend whom he distrusts and despises, infidelity, lying under oath, suicide/re-murder questions, and more.
I liked David Ledoux's narration very much and enjoyed the way the story developed. It was not a nail-biter by any means, but did get a gasp or two from me near the end of the story as surprising new twists are revealed.
I have enjoyed other Courtenay books more, but this is a very good story. For me, the difference was that in his other books, I have found a female character to empathize with/relate to; and found none in this one. Jack's mother, teachers, "girl friends" and others were just fleeting characters in the story.
Jack is bright but sure makes some crazy (aka stupid) decisions throughout the story. Nonetheless, he survives, even thrives and his life story takes the listener to interesting and exotic locales where he makes his way with music and/or gambling.
Humphey Bower as always, did a magnificent job narrating the story. I simply would have liked to "care" a little more about the characters, including Jack.
This is book 3 in the "Harper Connelly" series. I had not read books 1, 2, nor 4 in this series. . . which was okay, because this book can stand alone. I don't think I need to read the rest of the series, since the descriptions of the plots are more of the same. Typically, stories about the supernatural are not interesting to me, but something within the first minutes of this one hooked me.
That said, the plot became quite complex and the story line muddied at times. The lead characters, (presumably step sister and brother,) are featured in the grisly as well as the sexually explicit parts of the book and it was a bit tough to listen to at times. Serial murders, sexual torture of children and the like can make my stomach turn.
The narration made listening okay. Besnahan's performance was terrific and I give her five stars. That done, I can only barely award the story itself 3 stars overall.
I have become an avid fan of Silva's novels. . . particularly enjoying the ones that feature Gabriel Alon. . . terrific pacing and plot, great characters and best of all, exotic locales where all the action occurs. This is another of Silva's really good stories. Am already anxious to start the next one in the series.
Silva is a master at plotting and character development. This is a fine example of his work and a novel that will keep you engaged and listening. Scary thing is how the story concludes. . . the assassin who leaves "the mark" will likely be back in future stories. I can hardly wait.
Recipe: Boarding school for odd and/or bitchy and/or cliquish teen girls. Boarding school for randy teen boys. Naive school officials, nuns, masters and mistresses at both. Oh, and throw in a cold case murder on the girls' school grounds -- of one of boys from the neighboring school. Great story? Yes, please!
I have to admit, that the above recipe in a book by most any other author would not have gotten it to my reading list. But who can resist Tana French? And this time, she wrote (aka nailed) a fabulous tale of mayhem and murder amongst teens. The detectives and the detecting are superb, which makes the story most engaging.
After the fact, there is nothing I disliked about this book. However, in the first passages, the female narrator is VERY difficult to understand. Thankfully, her enunciation gets better and her British accent lessens as the story proceeds.
Five stars Tana! Hurrah!
Think 1992, Lima Peru. An era of widespread criminal activity featuring kidnappings for ransom. Two women in Andres' life have been kidnapped (at different times) and this story reveals human shortfalls and strengths in a spectacular way. What will he part with to get his wife back from her kidnappers? What will he do to help a childhood friend recover from the horrors of her kidnapping? What will his wife do with her life when she returns? Good story. Great suspense all the way.
The central characters in the story are minimal and though they could have been developed more, what we find out about them as the story unfolds turns out to be adequate.
I have only one minor criticism. The book is read in third person. Every time a character speaks, it is followed by "she said" or "Andres said." The narrator could have/should have used better character voices and avoided that redundancy. It got tiresome, for sure!
Baldacci has provided legal-drama addicts with a good one here. The characters were terrific and of course, the various lawyering doings were excellent as usual. Enjoyed this one from start to finish!
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