The publisher’s summary seems to promise an exciting adventure. The plot line, as described, could be engaging. However, the characters are hollow, the chase is contrived, and the book is way too long.
Thomas Lourdes seems spineless. He is an expert on ancient languages. He is asked to translate a previously unknown language. He falls into a mystery. He falls into a race to solve it. He falls into bed with each of the female characters without really pursuing them. He seems more like a bystander than the take-charge adventurer that I expected.
The female characters are trite and insufferable. One is an arrogant, conniving, blond, British media host. The other is a brusk, Russian policewoman intent on revenging the death of her sister. Needless to say they don’t get along with each other and their attempts to move the investigation along are often at cross purposes.
Lastly, there is a cameraman running along with the searchers. After one media representative is tortured and killed, the group is being chased and shot at, and it is urgent to get to Atlantis quickly, why is a cameraman necessary?
Unlocking the clues seems to come easy in spite of all of the factions trying to stop Lourdes. Why would people that had been guarding secrets for generations just give them up?
Finally, it was a real challenge to finish the book. I usually pay pretty close attention and even replay portions when I think I have missed something. This was so slow and so long that I paid bills, answered the phone, took short power naps, and didn’t seem to miss anything. I found myself hoping that the wrath of God would put an end to it. (One very possible ending for the story.)
The narration is adequate. There are so many different nationalities and accents that I am sure that this reading was a challenge.
This is a decent start to a series, but the author's attempt to have unresolved story lines to pick up in later books left me with a a sense of it being unfinished. The conflicts include deaths/murders, thefts, the shop/inheritance, cats, and a ghost. Law enforcement is strange and small town busybodies pop up continuously. Finally, I find it a stretch that an 80 year old woman could run a shop, teach fiber art lessons plus design and weave tapestries in her off time at home.
The narration enhances this listen.
This story is growing on me. The original plot is given more depth here and old plus new conflicts keep the mysteries moving.
The first book seemed to end with many conflicts calmed, if not concluded. This book picked up the conflicts surrounding the locket and the intrusive reporter, plus adds a murder that lands Bobby in jail. Of course all are connected to the main story thread from the first book. Nadia, once again, is chased through Ukraine, and the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Much is resolved or at least calmed as in the first book, but this time there is a cliffhanger ending. I am looking forward to listening to the next installment!
Again, Tanya Eby does a wonderful job of narrating.
This has interesting international settings and an unusual storyline. Some is farfetched and some quite believable. There is much information about those living in the shadow of the nuclear disaster; supported by many authors and documentaries. The chase through the exclusion zone, Siberia, Bering Strait, Diomede Islands, Alaska and on to NY is plausible. The story of Adam/Bobby is sad and triumphant due to the persistence of his cousin in the US.
This storyline didn't settle in my mind until I listened to the second book in the series. It's probably my shortcoming as the book can stand alone. However the story is ongoing and I encourage you to continue the series.
Tanya Eby is an excellent narrator, as always.
I was well into this listen when I suddenly realized that I "know" Kovac and Liska. This book has gruff Kovac in the thick of things and, in spite of his prior opinions, gets personally involved with one of the victims. Liska tries to keep him grounded and investigates other leads. There are several gruesome murders and even more possible perps. Sorting out who is guilty of what while trying to protect the victims keeps the story moving. I will definitely look for more Kovac and Liska books.
Holter Graham is one of the better narrators; something I take into consideration before buying an audiobook.
With ecowarriors and the lumber mill, murder and kidnap, blackmail threats, plus family and local tensions Cork has his plate full. He is the consultant and extra muscle for the current sheriff, but he still has no official status. The crimes are solved and the hostages recovered safely, but several of the local tensions remain and will undoubtedly erupt in other episodes. This kept my attention throughout. The scenarios and human responses are believable.
The narrator has become the talented voice for this series.
I will move on to the next book.
Read the publisher's summary; I try to avoid giving spoilers.
The set up for this adventure has Reacher in an impossible situation. However, as usual, he manages to evade the accusers and solve the mystery. He is on a tight leash throughout, but there are a few bone crushing scenes. There are also subplots related to Reacher's personal life and an attempt to help someone that backfires and is used as evidence and blackmail against him.
I am not fond of the narration for this book. The characters are consistent and somewhat individualized. However two in particular are so overly rude, mean and abrupt that I wouldn't have continued the listen if not a Reacher fan.
This episode involves Ceepak and Boyle, but the murder/suicide is not in Sea Haven jurisdiction. However, Ceepak finds a way to follow the clues and uncover the truth behind the death. Several of the circumstances are more disturbing than in earlier books, but Ceepak and Boyle are still fun to accompany on their sleuthing.
As always, Jeff Woodman has the characters perfect!
The variation in this episode is that Ceepak and Boyle are on the trail of a serial murderer. The undisguised clues are spread over the beach and in local shops. The locals don't want anything to disturb the tourists, but Ceepak's code makes him proceed with the investigation.
Again, Jeff Woodman does an excellent narration.
Somehow Grabenstein and Woodman make the gruesome topic of murder into a fun listen.
This series is growing on me. The quirky main characters are surrounded by many eccentric residents and even more bizarre summer visitors. As usual, there is murder at the seaside and the mayor and his cronies do everything they can to keep Boyle and Ceepak from investigating and damaging the town's tourist season.
Jeff Woodman does an excellent job of portraying stoic Ceepak and sarcastic Boyle. He also distinguishes between others in the story.
I am moving on in the series.
I enjoy the Karin Slaughter series.
This is totally different!
The story unfolds and the background information is released slowly leading to the conclusion. The culprit is easily identifiable, but the conclusion is a bit of a twist. It leaves me with a satisfied feeling at the conclusion of a murder mystery instead of the depravity of some stories. One hopes that the perpetrator gets justice sometime in the future.
Wayne Knight does an outstanding job of narrating. Each character's voice and personality are reccognizable.
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