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If science, particularly the origination of our understanding of dinosaurs and the theory of extinction, bores you, you will have trouble getting through this book. There is a lot of information about how fossils were first discovered in Lyme Regis, England (all true), and the difficulties some people (particularly religious people) had in believing in what these bones represented.
BUT it is also a story of friendship and of the first hints of women's rights. It is hard for my children to imagine a world in which a decent woman couldn't walk anywhere alone and wasn't allowed to join the geological society, but also all true.
I enjoyed the characters, and I do recommend this book.
Because I prefer mysteries with suspense and drama, it was a little tame for me, but is stiil well worth reading.
If you read my review of the 1st Gabe Quinn book, you will see that I loved the narrator (same gent David Doersch) in book 1. However, in Book 2, he simply couldn't get the British accent, and kept sliding from high-class Brit to ordinary British bloke to Scottish and even to Irish accents. Irritating and distracting.
The story in book 2 is much better. Apparently Mr. Houghton likes to SHOCK you at the end, but at least this time the surprise was someone we knew something about, had heard of, etc.
My motivation for continuing with this series is the character. Gabe Quinn is appealing and interesting.
Gabe Quinn is a good cop with demons. I loved following his progress through an impossible man-hunt and getting to know the secondary characters. This is the sort of book that makes me hate arriving home (when I have to turn off the engine and turn off my audio book).
HOWEVER, I was annoyed numerous times. The tragedy that precedes this book (something that happened to Gabe) is not explained well, and the ending is ridiculous.
(Mild spoiler here:) A good mystery holds out some hope that the reader will figure it out, or figure part of it out. But this ending pulled a NEW character out of thin air and slapped him into the closing chapters. The author should have given some teeny hint, or some sub-plot that would make the ending more sensible.
I admit that I liked the character and the writing style enough to order book 2. I hope that Mr. Houghton will not disappoint me.
Love JP, love Mel, and all the friends and family in these stories. This is book 17 - and Beau is back in the saddle. (Book 16 paired him with another police person, and it was not as good as the JP series.)
WARNING: ALL REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK COULD CONTAIN A HUGE SPOILER
Mine does not. Read on.
I was disappointed in this book. The only reason I continued to listen, all the way to the end, was because of the author. I kept telling myself that a Jodi Picoult book must have something going for it. So I hung in there.
It simply was not interesting. I love elephants (they play a major role in this book), and I learned a lot about them, but the story itself was drawn out and boring.
The ending DID surprise me, and for that I am grateful.
I gave the book 3 stars because 7/8 of it deserves 1 star, and the ending deserves 5 stars. So I graded it by meeting in the middle.
I do love J.P. Beaumont, and Gene Engene, but this listen left me wondering ... "Are they getting more sappy? Or am I getting a little tired of them?"
A good story, solid writing, but definitely a "light" mystery. This is the first time J.P. and Joanna Brady (new character to me) were partnered, as two different Jance series overlapped. Clever. But I am hoping that when I go back to the regular Beaumont series (without Brady), I will regain my former and greater appreciation of Ms. Jance's books.
Yes, hilarious and dark. Like real life.
Some of the things the kindergarten moms say are so nasty as to be ridiculous and humorous, yet, at the same time, the "big and little lies" cover up some disturbing realities of marriage and parenthood.
At first, I didn't think I could stand the "listen" because I am not a fan of the Aussie accent, but the story won me over.
I highly recommend.
To enjoy this book, you have to enjoy a LONG story, a complex set of characters and at least three timelines. I would characterize this book as science fiction, so be prepared for LOTS of references to futuristic technology. Very cool.
I was initially concerned: Could I keep track of everyone? But I encourage you to hang on because the result is well worth the effort.
NO SPOILERS HERE:
This is a story about a family of cloned brothers that is prominent on several different worlds and that - in particular - controls fuel production, so they are wildly rich. It is also a story of ecological ethics and carries a Biblical theme (the Garden of Eden comes to mind), in my opinion. "Humanity" is a central character in this book and resurfaces throughout.
It is also a police murder mystery, a convoluted family drama, a commentary on politics, a monster-slasher story, a "who dunnit" and a morality play.
Be prepared for one thing: Author Peter Hamilton periodically thrusts the reader back 20 years, but not necessarily in the order that would immediately clarify certain details. So he will toss you a moment in a brand new character's life for what seems to be no reason at all. Ten hours of listening later, he will bring this character back, and you will think, "AH HAH! I am beginning to get it."
The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because of the degree of complexity. It will discourage some readers and demands more effort.
As I stated earlier: hang on, and ENJOY!
As a follow up to the introductory novel, this book was just OK. I still enjoyed getting to know the Spellmans.
This is #14 in a series, so do NOT start with this one.
I LOVE Agent Pendergast and all of the other characters in this series. I miss them when I am between books.
I also love the fear-factor in the series; some of the plots are really scary, some tense, and some neither; this one is a good mystery but not at all scary, if that matters to you.
What makes this story stand out is the fleshing out of the character of Constance Green, Pendergast's ward. She turns out to be quite an asset (no spoilers from me), and long-time fans will love her role in this novel. Wow!
The writing of Preston & Child has gone up and down pretty dramatically. This book is somewhere in the middle, and definitely worth reading. Here is what bothered me: 1. Character omission: Lt. Vincent D'Agosta figures prominently, but his wife is invisible. As another police officer, she would have been a natural, even if on the sidelines. 2. HUGE unanswered questions: WHY was it necessary to stage the revenge activity (not really a spoiler) in the odd, remote spot out west, and why were the elaborate details necessary. They weren't, so why include them ???
So, yes, read this book, but no it is not of the caliber of Relic and Reliquary.
P.S. 5 stars for the narrator - Rene Auberjonois.
Zany. Unpredictable. The descriptions of this book sort of turned me off. I expected it to be "silly." But Lisa Lutz is a very good writer who has fleshed out believable characters I care about. She has also included one real mystery (one of the cases Izzy is working on as a P.I. in her family's firm) and a series of plot convolutions that held my interest.
And the narrator is fabulous. Ms. Moore does not have to produce the menu of accents you might find in a Follett novel whose storyline crosses Europe, the UK and the U.S., but she has what I believe is a much harder task. She has to distinguish between a mother and two sisters in the same family, and several male characters using subtle differences in tone and cadence. I was really impressed.
If you have any sense of humor at all, read this book. Fun.
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