I enjoy George Guidall every time. He is easy to listen to. It is a good story that does not insult the listener by being overly predictable or tidy.
I have read or listened to every Gabriel Allon novel but it only became really apparent to me when listening to the audio books (at least the two most recent) just how much filler Silva lards them up with. He must have his computer filled with dozens of paragraphs that he reuses verbatim. These paragraphs are descriptions of characters, events, and places from previous books or times in Allon's life that I suppose he would argue are useful to a new reader as backstory. However, it seems that the least he could do is change the wording even slightly.
It is insulting to loyal readers when an author abuses his success in this way. Perhaps I am just envious that he can get away with it! The book seems half done before he writes an original word. A comparison of The English Girl and The Heist shows this laziness at it's worst. So here is the formula..... come up with an interesting plot line (grade A) , insert multiple paragraphs from previous books, add a few new paragraphs, sort appropriately, send to publisher, cash check. Overall grade... C minus, mostly for laziness and insulting loyal readers.
There isn't room here to list all the stunningly ridiculous contrivances in this book. Suffice it to say the characters are not within a light year of being believable, nor is the plot. Apparently the Morgan family pretty much runs the entire SFPD by itself and they somehow manage to do this while keeping heavy Irish accents over what had to be several decades and generations in the US. They are all also somehow devoid of any prejudice AND, shockingly, have several gay siblings in this big ole Irish clan. I could go on but you get the picture.
He does a decent Irish accent.
I hope not!
This is trash. Don't waste your money just because it has a gay theme. Wait for something better.
I have not heard this narrator before, but he did a good job. He changed his voice subtly for each character without resorting to cheesy accents and he hit emotional notes authentically.
This story is all about not letting opportunities for life to pass you by because of fears about what other people will think. The characters are somewhat unrealistically self aware and attuned to others, especially for people so young but I overlooked this as a plot device because it reinforced the moral of the story. It is hard not to kind of fall for Connor, and I found myself a little sad to see him off as the story ended.
The gay fiction genre is loaded with some pretty awful writing but this particular book is an exception. Five stars is the most I could give it but based on the reviewer grade inflation in this genre it should get at least six stars.
You get a distinct feeling of authenticity from this author when he is describing the workings of the police department with it's politics, budgets, and people. The story may be a bit far fetched but not so much as to be a distraction. The book is written intelligently and gives the reader credit for some intellectual capacity. American writers could learn form this as it helps explain why writers from this region have become so popular lately.
There are a lot of similarities to other Scandinavian authors like Nesbo and Mankell.
The thing I remember most about this book is how unrelentingly dark it is. Not a good choice if you are already depressed or are looking for something to make you feel good. The Scandinavian crime writers all seem to project a very melancholy view of the world. Makes you wonder if the suicide rate there isn't sky high!
Sure I would, as long as I knew they didn't mind a good fun, light read on occasion.
It is a decent suspenseful plot that keeps a pretty high level of interest. Sanford always has at least two threads going in his stories which helps keep it moving along.
You would have to like Virgil Flowers if it was realistic for him to actually exist. He is independent, resourceful, thoughtful, and intelligent while being both blue collar and intellectual in his pursuits.
I wouldn't go that far! This a pretty light fare designed for easy enjoyment. You don't look to this author for deep inspirational moments or heavy thoughts. His characters say "huh" as a full sentence for goodness sake.
John Sandford has developed a great franchise out of a few recurring characters and he always delivers a fun, suspenseful storyline. Like all authors in this genre, he pads the word count, in his case with overly detailed explanations of geography that only a local would care about, but I have no real complaint with this since he delivers a good product. There is definitely a mass market playbook that most of them are following. It's only irritating when they get lazy and take their readers for granted. So far Sanford has not done so for me.
This was a difficult story to turn off. Grover Gardner is easy to listen to and Leonard Rosen has created a character, Poincare, who is nuanced, human, fallible, and easy to care about. He has a terrific backstory tied up in mid twentieth century Europe and if you like history, other cultures and plot lines that require a little thought on the part of the reader, you will enjoy this as much as I did.
I listened to this after having read his other novel, "All Cry Chaos", which is set later in Poincare's life and is five stars all around. Normally I am skeptical of prequels but I was not disappointed here. I think the author boxed himself in a little because he developed such a great character but started him so late in his career. I guess Rosen didn't get the memo from most American authors today about how to squeeze every penny out of an idea. I hope he finds a way to bring us more of the Inspector.
The plot was a little predictable and the characters were neither interesting nor believable. I found it a struggle to just finish the thing and only came back to it if I was working out and had nothing else on my phone at the time.
He did what he could with the material he had to work wih. The characters and the plot had very little nuance.....he was probably as bored as I was.
I wouldn't cut anything specific. Rather, I would send the whole thing back and ask for a lot more character development focusing on making them more human, more believable, less like bad TV characters from a show like 24. Ditto for the plot. Rewrite!
I very much enjoy Michael Connelly's work....except for this one. The story Is dull and doesn't even seem like the same author wrote it. The narration is even more dull than the story. So, no, I don't recommend this one.
Write it himself?
This is a dull story and the narration was delivered in a monotone that just made it worse.
Indeed it did. It helped me fall asleep for several nights.
I think my previous comments are enough. I am just disappointed that this author did what so many others have done and phoned it in in order to fulfill a contract or just make a few extra bucks from loyal readers. Its a shame to bring a great character to the end of his career in such a lackluster fashion.
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