A Time to Kill is a well written story with excellent characters and an interesting plot (solid 4 stars). I was engaged and interested throughout. King of Torts on the other hand, for me, would be a one star novel at best. It started off interesting (Tequila Watson case), and then turns 180 degrees into the doldrums and never looks back. The rest of the book which is about 90% of the story goes absolutely nowhere. A HUGE disappointment. One of the most unavailing books I have ever read or listened to. I still have no idea what was the point of the story. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting until the very end, but BAZINGA, there is none!! What about the characters? To quote Shakespeare's Henry VI ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.'' Would have greatly improved my rating, and cut my misery short.
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. It was recommended by a friend so I bought it for my kindle, and I really enjoyed the story. I bought the audiobook as a refresher before reading Two for the Dough. C.J. Criitt performs this book well, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic comedy movies such as Knight and Day.
This is my kind of audiobook. It combines Sci-fi, and mystery/thriller which are both genres that I enjoy. The story is very well done, and I was engaged by the characters in the book. Amber Benson was fantastic, but Wil Wheaton is an excellent reader so I assume that his performance is great as well. I have two complaints, and the first is really a positive. Firstly, the book felt too short and left me wanting more. Secondly, the last 2+ hours is a novella about Haden's syndrome, but I found this uninteresting and could not finish it. As I got close to the end of the story there were still several chapters left so I expected a plot twist, or some further story development that did not happen. This left a negative impression that ultimately lessened my enjoyment. I wished they used that time to further the story, or to elaborate more on the history of the two main characters: Chris Shane, and Leslie Vann.
Story is a decent mix of sci-fi & fantasy. The problem is sometimes it drags on and I would lose interest, and other times was quite entertaining. The overall result is just okay. Also, the reader is somewhat drab which does not help. I did enjoy all of the different characters/villians in the book. That being said, the second book in the series is just AWFUL!! Not sure how I made it all the way through, and tuned out large sections while listening. It is to this date the only audiobook I have ever returned for a credit and I only paid $4.95.
This is a FUN book to listen to. It has all the elements of a Hollywood summer blockbuster. Lots of great action sequences, likable heros and evil villains, and an interesting story that moves the action along well. I also enjoyed the parallel universe type twist on real historical figures, cities, and inventions. I visualized the human X-men and Watchmen set loose in the 1940's, and pummeling each other until one side is victorious. Good performance/narration with the exception of Faye (nails/chalkboard) which is why 4 star performance.
This is a better than average audiobook; a solid 3.5 stars. The story is entertaining, but the narration is more along the lines of a reading than a performance. James Marsters has evolved into one of my favorite audiobook readers. His performance in later books in the series are brilliant, but this reading is somewhat flat. This one feels like a first effort, and while very good, it is not great. Still is well worth the credit and was a huge bargain as I picked this up as a $4.95 sale. This is a must listen for me as I highly recommend The Dresden Files series as a whole.
Giving this book a 3.5. I wanted it to be great, but for me it just did not achieve that level of storytelling throughout. Found myself losing interest in the middle as things seemed to get bogged down in details (i.e. Demosthenes and Locke). The performances are better than average and worthy of 3.5 to 4 stars.
This is my favorite book of the Dark Tower series. So much is happening within the subplots of this book it is like getting a half dozen interrelated short stories in one title. While I believe that all the books are great (and should be read) I recommend this book as the one to buy if you are thinking about listening to the entire series. Yes, it helps to have read the 4 previous books for character developement, and a complete understanding of the storyline. I also believe that many of the interstories such as the Priest's tale, Granpere's tale, the fable of Gray Dick, and the main story involving the people of the Calla (including Andy messenger robot "many other functions") and the Wolves are unique to this book and do not require a further knowledge of the storyline in able to enjoy them. It has it's own beginning, middle, and end even though it leaves the series at a precarious crossroad. This book contains noble yet ruthless heros(gunslingers), vampires, robots, a fallen priest, betrayal, travel between our world and theirs, a mystical artifact of pure benevolent evil, and a final showdown worthy of any great adventure story. What else could you possibly ask for? Stephen King's true talent lies in his creation of imagery so powerful you will feel as though you are right in the middle of the action. This story made me want to pick up one of Roland's talismanic guns and join the fight.
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