This is the first Harlan Coben book I've read and I can't wait to get to the rest. The premise intrigued me and the book didn't disappoint. I would buy the phone book from Audible if Scott Brick were the narrator. Coben and Brick combined kept me glued to my headphones for two days of "don't you dare interrupt me" looks while listening to this intricately woven tale of seemingly unlinked events that left me in awe of a storyteller who makes his craft look effortless. I never felt manipulated, just extremely amazed at the way this tale unfolded.
I got this book and started listening right away. I finished it in just two days. I got so much work done because I didn't want to stop listening. It was my reward for sticking to my 'to do' list. I liked how the characters interacted. It was nice to see them act in unpredictable and ingenious ways. I like YA fiction, but so much of it is dysfunctional and filled with foul language. This was a refreshing change and I can't wait to read/listen to the rest of the series.
David Baldacci used to be an author I could recommend unequivocally. Now I have to warn my friends that he's fallen into the foul language trap. The story is great, but adding vulgar language only diminishes that when I've got to cringe because he's slipped in another "F" bomb.
Don't waste your money on this book. The author was tyring to get those of us who grew up on clean, wholesome, Nancy Drew to think we were getting more of the same. Instead we're getting a potty-mouthed protagonist who confuses sex with her bosses as love. Do NOT waste your time, $$, or credits on this book.
I'm always nervous to try a new author and confess that I bought it because Scott Brick is an incredible narrator. Move over Dan Brown: John Twelve Hawks is going to give you a run for the money on conspiracy theories. I can vouch that JTH's location descriptions are dead on for southern California and Nevada. Characters are well developed and the dialog, both internal and external, were very real. My job allows me to listen for long stretches and this book held my interest the whole time. I can't imagine listening to the abriged version without the narrator being ramped up to 78 RPMs (yeah, I'm old enough to not just know what that means but remember!) when it should be 33 1/3. For those who care, there is NO bad language in this book. The only disappointment is that I don't know when the sequel is coming out!!!
I broke down and bought this book because of the reviews elsewhere. I'd have given it a higher rating except that the language was so foul. What a disappointment that such an imaginative storyteller could lack such creativity in his choice of words, especially from the female characters. I won't buy another Patterson novel again.
Just like the sunflower follows the path of light, you'll be following this story from the moment you start listening. Evans has done it again. He draws you into someone's heartbreak and makes the characters so real that you can't help becoming emotionally attached to them. Campbell Scott's reading only enhances the suspense by remaining a storyteller instead of acting out the story. I asked a few of my bibliophiles if they'd had a chance to read it yet and we'd all finished it in one sitting whether listening or reading. We had several friends with children getting married within the next few weeks. When the book announcement came in the mail Tuesday in the form of a wedding announcement with "CANCELLED" stamped across it in bold red stenciled letters, I was relieved it wasn't from any of my friends and knew I what I'd be doing this weekend! Like this book would need any marketing, but what a great idea. The only disappointment was that the book ended! Enjoy!!
Michael Beck was fabulous in his presentation of "The Broker". I'd listen to him read the phone book, he's that good, but he had fabulous material to work with also. Having just been to Italy, I can tell you that Grisham's descriptions of Italy, the culture, the language, were dead on. I felt like I was back there when I listened to Beck's voice characterizations and readings of setting descriptions. The story really is plausible. The characters are incredibly vivid, especially the Italians. If you only listen in the car, you'll want to be stuck in traffic for a long time with this one!
Dekker's plot was incredible!! Just as I thought I had it figured out, he took me down another path, but I never once felt manipulated. Having lived in Long Beach, it was nice to hear the names of streets I traveled all the time. The characters and story were well thought out. This book is proof positive that excellent fiction can be written without all the foul language so many other author's stoop to in their feeble attempts to have characters express themselves forcibly. No gratuitously graphic scenes to be squeamish over. Not only is the plot brillant, but the creativity in the use of language is unequaled. All of this added layers of depth to the story and proved that the reader can create their own visual image that is just as vivid as any one gratuitiously graphic paragraph could paint. I can't wait to listen to the rest of Dekker's books. I couldn't stop listening to this book. Lamont's voices were wonderful and consistent throughout also. I'm off to order another Dekker book!
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