Attempting to explore the beloved characters of other authors is tricky. I think maybe this story would have played better if it hadn't tried to take on Holmes, but had been a newly introduced detective. Having said that, it was entertaining.
I liked his characters and he was very consistent - which I have to imagine is difficult. There were moments I had trouble understanding what he was saying, but that could have been me.
Yes, but buy it on sale.
My 12-year-old boy & 10 year old girl and I all enjoyed the story. Very rare. We also ALL hated the narration.
Kaplan's John Smith was okay. His Henri was pretty good. Sam, Sarah & Mark are all but unbearable. UN-BEAR-ABLE. Kaplan must be related to someone very high up at Audible or Amazon or the Author's nephew or something. There's no other explanation as to how anyone approved this narration.
It's awful. Sam sounds like he has a comically bad head cold. Mark sounds drugged and slow and unrealistic. Sarah doesn't sound even remotely feminine...These characters are all horrid.
Did I mention the narration was awful?!?
I started with 'Gone Girl' and thought I had found a new favorite author and the best read in years...until the last three chapters or so--which turned into the single worst ending to a book I've ever read. I was actually angry at the author. I did enjoy the narration, though.
A friend suggested before I walked away, I try one more book. I tried 'Sharp Objects' and found it wasn't particularly good or bad. Marginal in every way (except narration, which I enjoyed).
But a different friend who felt the same way I did about both books convinced me to try 'Dark Places.' Glad I did!
This book wasn't as excitingly twisty as 'Gone Girl,' but I really enjoyed it and am glad I tried it in spite of my prior disappointment in Flynn's works. The narration was solid and the characters were interesting. Her characters are always vivid and well-fleshed out and the fact that they were all unlikable worked beautifully in 'Gone Girl' but worked against the story in 'Sharp Objects.' She got it right with this book, and they weren't even all bad!
I definitely recommend this one!
It would have been a total fan-letdown if Kristen Bell hadn't narrated -she is the only voice of Veronica. Not much to say about the story, if you are a Veronica Mars fan then the continuation of her story in any form is welcome.
I am tough to please and have very eclectic taste but these books are so darn cute that even I don't care if they are predictable and simple. They won't be burning up the literary charts anytime soon but it doesn't matter. Light-hearted, funny and utterly charming is the best way I can describe the series. I have found that one book is as good as another, though Georgie's improved circumstances in this book were gratifying. Katherine Kellgren is a great narrator, again, just charming.
Let it all go and just enjoy these. Worth it.
I'm glad I stumbled onto this one! The story was well-crafted-details were subtle so that I couldn't tell exact where it was going. It didn't feel predicatable...high praise coming from me!
Robert Glenister did a great job with voices. He didn't try to overdue the female voices and did a good Strike. I'm looking forward to the next book!
I thought Ann Marie Lee did a nice job narrating.
One reviewer described the book as bleak-which it is, but the description tells you as much. The bottom line for me was that I just didn't find the book compelling.
I think Gillian Flynn did another great job fleshing out her characters, which isn't to say that any of them were likeable-because they weren't and they weren't supposed to be-but they did seem to come to life..I didn't find myself haunted the way I was when I read 'Gone Girl' -one of the best books I had read in a great long while (until the end, which was the single worst and most unimaginative ending to a book I can EVER remember. Worst. Ending. Ever.).
The limited connections between characters felt forced and unrealistic-hard not to go into spoiler details. The bottom line for me was that there wasn't anything to make me continue listening other than I had the time on my hands and nothing else to listen to.
The narrators did a good job. They won't become your new faves, but they did a fine job of convincing you to feel the way you needed to about each character (trying not to give away any potential spoilers). I'd listen to them again.
As for Gillian Flynn, she had my rapt attention all the way up to the last turn of events. I thought I had found a new set of works to devour and was planning to add every title she offered into my library when I was done with this book - I couldn't stop listening! The plot had wonderful twists and the author wove insightful characters throughout. But the end was so utterly disappointing I won't try her again.
I thought she did a great job developing the psychological layers of her characters. All I can think is that by the end she got too caught up in trying to be uber-sophisticated with their conclusion. The best word that describes the ending is, well, lame. No one wants to see a great story turn predicable but Flynn tried too hard to be unconventional and wound up being utterly lame. This book will leave you totally unfulfilled and even annoyed.
I'm no great historian but I REALLY enjoyed the setting - time, place & social.
The actual dialog/occurrence was good...Having said that, I could have lived without the last few chapters of the book, from about Part 7 on. They did not compel me to continue the way the first 3/4 of the book did.
She did fantastic accents. I was able to hear past a female voice doing male characters - rare!
Quite a few - but they all involve spoilers.
Some lengthy descriptions were unnecessary and a drag on the story.
I own many titles on both audio & hardcopy (or digital) and I found this particular title enjoyable in both formats pretty equally - which is rare. The first 3/4 of the book was enough to make me want to continue the series (though surprisingly not the actual ending - you'll see what I mean).
Yes. I rarely replay, but I think technical details will be even more meaningful the second time around.
This was my first.
Jeff Gurner's performance was spot-on! He gave the hero and his team unique, appropriate and vivid voices. I could not have imagined those accents on my own. Absolutely no complaints on performance!
The Next World War is Here.
Good premise but I didn't find any memorable twists or turns to speak of. It was only mildly suspenseful.
This book (and the series) are among the best I've heard.
No spoilers here.
His distinct characters make the story a bit easier to follow - not a simple task with the dozens and dozens of players in the book. I never thought I would hear anything to compare to Jim Dale but Dotrice is very, very close - the only thing I noticed was that his women characters all fall into either the high-born voice he uses or the nasty crone voice. All-in-all, this book has the winning combo of excellent storytelling matched with the exact right narrator!
This is not one to listen to aloud with children present - quite graphic.
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