Yes. The audio version is easier on the ears than the eyes. I think I suffer from a new addiction called Audible Dot Com and may need counseling. Echo burning has you going from the very beginning. Dick Hill does a great job.
This story is impossible to figure out. Every time I thought I knew something, I didn't. Reacher is the only fictional character who rides off into the sunset by hitchhiking! This story has some nasty characters who get their just desserts in the deserts or is it deserts in the desserts...who knows? The grit was palpable.
This is a tough one. When I read the book I don't hear Dick Hill in my head? Hill plays the role.
Tag line? Hmmm.... The sound of bones crunching....?
I will wait a month or two and listen to this again.
I have not finished listening and reading this book. If you like words, this is the book for you. Before now, I had never heard of Umberto Eco and had no idea what his style might be. This was his first book of many years ago and was a sensation. I can easily see why.
This is a detective story set in the 1300s at a monastery. The story is seen through the eyes of a young monk whose master is a brilliant ex-inquisitor. There are two murders. There is an extraordinary library most are not allowed to enter. There are secret passages. Spiritualism. Mysticism.
What is so absorbing for me is the vocabulary. I find myself loving the dictionary on my Kindle that allows me to look up all sorts of words. The story uses a lot of old world terms along with words you never hear in our speech today. Learn some Latin in the process!
I love the setting and viewing 14th century Christianity.
This narrator puts you right there. His voice transports you back hundreds of years.
I never listen in one setting. What is the fun in that? This is a book you savor.
This is a great book for those who like Italy or might wish to travel to Italy. This book has certainly been read and the style copied by more modern authors. This is a book for people who like to think. Eco crafted this story masterfully.
I saw the movie and thought it was marginal. As I got into the audio book it simply got better and better. There is no comparison with the movie, which I'd give 1 star. The book is 100x better than the movie plot - the two are not even remotely the same. And there is the person in the shadows.
The tapestry of details is amazing.
I never listen to a book in one sitting. I also don't gulp down a good key lime pie either. And like our hero, I don't jump out of bed right after sex!
If you are new to audio books and over 21, this will make for a great first book. If they had 6 stars, I'd give them.
Reacher beats the cr** out of all sorts of bad guys. He is impervious to beatings. Trucks can't even run the guy over. And when it comes to pulverizing rednecks he is the best! Even football players.
Jack Reacher is in a world all his own. Suggesting otherwise might get me black and blue.
Dick Hill is awesome - the whole thing.
Laugh? Cry? No, I was hanging on every word to see who was going to be run over, punched through a wall, left with a brain condition, or given an advanced case of memory loss.
Yeh, Just remember that Jack Reacher is an ex-army military policeman - not a Navy Seal. Reacher is in a league all his own. If you see a big guy on a bus, ...he likes coffee and be nice.
I only listen to the best of Audible.Com so this ranks right up there with the rest. This was a fun listen. While the plot is about an attorney general's office, it would fit nicely into any business environment.
It was hard at first to figure out where the plot was going, but pretty soon it became apparent that Carp was no ordinary lawyer. The plot began to boil when the very clever killer took out a liqour store owner.
I thought he did a good job with the various voices. His drunk voice was great!
I never want to listen all in one sitting. The great thing about long audio books is the ability to pick them up over several days.
This is a great audio listen and I highly recommend it. It gets a bit foul in the mouth at times, but the language lends itself to the sense of high pressure the lawyers are under. The book is full of surprises and a bad guy who would appear to have everything all figured out. Well, until he came up against Carp's sense of ethics.
I enjoyed this, but was often put off by the voice. At times there would be this awkward "he said" as if added later. The voice inflection at times was distracting. That said, it was a good story. I enjoyed some of the details. Having been a diver years ago I was a bit skeptical that Davis could go down 50 feet and scout a sunken C-47 (DC-3) on the bottom of a sea. That is fiction, I guess.
In this Gray Man novel our hero endures beatings, tortures, bullets, knives, being blown up, and fortunately did not get bitten by an alligator. I love these books because they remind me of the fact that my aches and pains are nothing. In fact, I thought of the Gray Man the other day while in China as my bowels gave way to some bad food. My will was strengthened and I pressed on toward my target.... a local outdoor toilet and two immodium tablets!
I can't get enough of this series and I think we should all start an ACGMN or Adult Children of Gray Man Novels.
Well, in a manner of speaking it kept me on the edge of my seat. Some parts were so good I took another immodium and then re-listened to the same part of the story.
The part where the woman he thought he loved or might love wanted to become a nun! I can only assume that God was protecting her from sins of the flesh with a guy that can turn killer bees to his whim.
Laugh, cry? Hell, no! Every time he blew up some bad guy I was cheering. Uh, then I went back to the edge of my seat!
As a member of ACOAC (Adult Children of Audible.Com) this was a fun listen while trapped in the bathroom for days.
You have to love a book that bashes President Putin of Russia. This one has likely been banned in Moscow. It is a great spy novel with all of the cruelty one might expect of the ex-KBG crowd. When one realizes what Putin is doing right now to Ukraine this book certainly contains some remarkable parallels to our current situation.
Oh, and wait until you copy down the recipes. You'll see. This audiobook is a good listen with a great reader.
I'd have trouble doing that. This books is unique in many ways.
I'm not one for Russian, but he sounded convincing enough for my hearing.
No, I would not want to listen to this book for 14 hours. It was much more delicious over a period of 14 days. Like a good box of chocolates, why would you want to eat the whole box at one sitting? I did everything I could to draw the experience out. Sorry it is over.
I love the Dibdin books. The version of this book says it is Michael Kitchen speaking, but it is not. Even so, this is a superb listen. In fact, I have already been through the three other Zen books and thought there were no more. Suddenly, I find this one.
This book is rich. It is like listening to flan with a very subtle caramel sauce dripping off of the edges. There is this rich mixture of Italian mixed in with passionate swear words. There is the elegant analogies. I found myself going back and listening to sections 2-3 times to pick up on the changes in the plot.
Hey, I am not going to spoil it for you. Aurelio is not really Italian. He is Venetian!
Yes. The problem with sitting for 13 hours would be blood collecting in your legs and getting deep vein thrombosis. I'd suggest savoring this listen. Do it 45 minutos a night. You'll enjoy it.
Laguna Morto è delizioso!
This book has some good technical information in it about guns, being a sniper, and thinking through the details of a crime. It also speaks to the way in which some things can be used for good (defending your country) or for evil (as in the case of this story). While in China I listened to this book at night because there was no television or radio -given where I was working. I would get lost in it.
Reacher, of course. But the scary Russian/Ukrainian guy was good too...or bad as the case may be. There never seem to be any good Russians or Ukrainians.
Dick Hill is very good. Yes, I have heard him before.
The puppet master could make you wet your pants!
I'll wait a few months and listen to this one again. Because...with Audible.com.... they are always on your Kindle Fire shelf.
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