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Preston & Child know how to push my "creepy" buttons. Very good.
I would choose a different narrator. Narrator David Colacci did a much better job in "The Relic" - the first Pendergast novel.
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.
You all know what this book is about since it is now a major film. But I hope you don't know the complete plot. I didn't have any idea what was really going on, and I had no idea how it would end, until I listened to the book, I am glad to say.
Ms. Flynn builds the story one step and a time, one brick after another. There is nothing missing, nothing skipped over. It would be a great book for a class on fiction-writing or story-telling.
When the audio books begins, you may groan at the peppy voice of Kirby Heyborne, but hold on for a bit. It gets better. In fact, I am sure that Heyborne was intentionally annoying at the beginning to emphasize his character's journey.
Worth reading? Yes.
The best book ever? No.
I am amazed at the number of reviewers who said this book would make you grab your pillow, have sleepless nights, get goosebumps. Not at all. Is it interesting? Yes. Are there many moments when I am not sure what is real and what isn't? Yes. But not scary.
(If you want to be scared, read "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King, or read "Relic" and "Reliquary" by Preston & Child.)
I enjoyed it, I recommend it, and I will miss the main characters, especially Nora.
P.S. If you like narratives that tie up all loose threads by the final pages, do not read this book.
This is part 3 of another fabulous Follett series, "The Century Trilogy." I highly recommend them all. Especially now that part 3 is available, I envy anyone who is just starting the set with book 1 "The Fall of Giants."
The story follows the characters in families in England/Wales, Russia, the U.S. and Germany from the very beginnings of WWI through the election of Barack Obama. An overwhelming task, definitely fiction, but including and based on historical facts.
The only criticism I have is that the stories are just a bit too positive. There certainly was tragedy and loss for each family, but it bothered me that so many of the characters become movie stars, elected officials, famous writers, etc. Narrator Lee excels at all accents except American, but I still love the series.
VERY long - loved that too!!!
I had serious doubts when I read Robert Galbraith's first novel, "Cuckoo's Calling." It was hard for me to imagine that RG -- widely known to be the pen name of J.K. Rowling -- could write something so different from the complex fantasy of the Harry Potter series. But she/he did, and it was excellent.
In this second of the series, the characters of detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin have grown. I know and like them even more than I did before.
The plot is just complex enough to make the mystery difficult to solve, but not so complex that I am confused and lost.
The narrator, Robert Glenister, is one of the best I ever heard. He uses various types of British accents, and he perfectly represents one character who is British but spent a lot of time in the U.S. Absolutely superb.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND. Loved it!
This series is second-to-none. Read ALL of these novels, but you MUST begin with the first one. (This is book 10.)
EXCELLENT! Narrator, writing, plot, character development ... everything.
This is not a badly written book. However, it simply did not hold my interest. I waited several weeks to write this review because I was not sure what to say.
The bleak and battered Irish towns, the tormented main character ... just not my style. If I had to label it, I would say this book reminded me of a film-noire movie. If that appeals to you, please read this novel.
I really expected to like this book because one of my favorite Audible.com reviewers did. However, I can't recommend it.
There is one well-drawn character in this book, and that is Hamish, the Scottish soldier who "haunts" main character Ian Rutledge. It is a brilliant and effective technique for author Todd to use, and I applaud him. However, I couldn't distinguish between any of the female characters or most of the male characters. I never developed any real picture of them, never developed opinions or attachments or interest, and was often confused. ("Which character said/did that?") I am not sure if a different narrator would have made a difference, but I doubt it.
And, the ending. Wow. It was out of left field, in a way that made me roll my eyes. I won't spoil it for you, but I'll say that what Todd wants us to believe is outrageous and unlikely in the extreme. Puleeze.
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