I had stopped reading Patterson years ago since he seemed to sell his name to the highest bidder to put on their books. But I had enjoyed the early Alex Cross novels, so I thought I'd give this a try. What a disappointment. This is one long advertisement for the Mercedes Crossover. (Another type of sale!) Not a great story. Also, I was confused by the two voice narration. They certainly were ok, but I really didn't see the point of having two, especially since they were fairly similar.
Small quibbles about Evelyn continuing to go into dangerous situations without backup, etc. but premise was unique enough to hold my interest. The veteran local cop was rather heavy handed, but he had a reason for the obvious chip on his shoulder trying to live up to his father's history. Likable partner and boyfriend, not the same men. Boss was a caricature but played minor role.
I liked the narrator. I'm not sure why but I could only listen at 1.25 speed rather than my usual 1.5 speed. Not a complaint, just an observation.
Have already bought the next book and look forward to getting to it in the future.
I would have done given 5 stars but was a bit disappointed in the ending. Obviously, he was laying ground for a sequel but I would have liked to know a bit about what happened to some of the other characters. I see there are at least 3 sequels and I will definitely buy the 2nd. I do tend to rate lower than many so I'm sure book has lots of 5 stars.
The narrator's voice was fine but I didn't pick up on distinctions when he was speaking as Tom Gray, the MI5 guy, Mansour, or even Sally. It must be hard when story is told by different people, but with no change in voice or tone, it sometimes took a minute to figure out who was telling the story at any given time.
I really felt like Christie herself could have written this. There is something so smooth about the writing. It felt very comfortable and almost felt comforting. And the narrator was spot on.
In this, Poirot is retired and takes a room pretty near his regular home to just be by himself and recharge the little grey cells. None of the usual characters were around him but he meets up with a policeman and works with him on three murders in the same hotel, in different rooms, but at about the same time.
Story itself wasn't outstanding, and the policeman was emotionally troubled and seemed rather dense. But that gave the author a good excuse to explain everything very clearly. I assume he would recur in future stories, and hopefully be quicker on the uptake.
But there was just something very comfortable about watching Poirot work, and interact in a society that just wasn't made for him, that make this an especially enjoyable listen. I find some books are enhanced by audio, some are better off read. This definitely was made for audio.
Christie estate chose well with this author and narrator. Kudos to both.
This is the fourth book I've listened to from this author and have enjoyed all of them. I keep coming back for more and plan to eventually listen to them all. (So little time, so many books!) I'm not an "easy" rater, and take the time to rate only those books I really like, or occasionally, dislike. But these are comfortable, well-paced, well written, and include flawed but credible characters. Violence is not terribly graphic in this one.
Usual protagonist, Joseph O'Loughlin Ph.D., is an important, but supporting character in this outing. O'Loughlin has Parkinson's disease so has to use his skills as a psychologist rather than fists. In this outing, he is helping police inspector Ruiz recover memory of a traumatic encounter which included being shot. Ruiz has been haunted by a child abduction three years earlier, for which someone has already been convicted, without a body being recovered. Now a ransom is demanded, alleging child is still alive, throwing into question the whole history of the case. Ruiz is not popular with his peers and he must deal with those issues as well as finding a solution to the abduction and probable killing.
I usually listen at 1.25 speed, but this narrator holds up well at even 1.5 speed.
1950s Harlem wouldn't be every body's cup of tea. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. The characters are so well described and the story, although farfetched and somewhat farcical, kept my interest. But mostly, it's the characters that are so interesting. Although there are a lot of them, I didn't have any trouble keeping track of who was who. Fair amount of violence, but quick and not terribly graphic. And you can't beat Jackson's voice.
Narrator had a nice voice BUT!! If you're reading fiction, it's fine for the narrator to pronounce given names as he/she wishes. But when you're dealing with real places (Kissimmee) and public figures (Malia Obama, Senator Bayh, (I forgot the name he botched in Part 1), it is totally unprofessional and disrespectful to not find out the proper way to pronounce a name properly. I doubt I would listen to another book narrated by him.
Of all the books I read in my late teens, only a few stayed with me. Alas Babylon was the one I most remembered. I bought it on Audible, not sure if I could bear listening to it again. Would it be less now, or would it still have the same powerful effect on me, and did I want to experience that again? I finally listened and yes, it is still powerful, thought-provoking, and haunting. But I'm glad I reread it. So many of the mystery/thriller/adventure stories that I read will be gone from the world in a snap. Alas Babylon will still be powerful, thought-provoking, and relevant in another 50 years!
What can I say about John Sandford and Lucas Davenport. They're the best. I knocked the story down one star, only because it was really fantastical. But that didn't stop me listening and enjoying the experience.
I've read her first two books, fine but not exceptional. This one is! An interesting look at partnerships; husband/wife, detectives, sisters, old friends, siblings, mother/son. She shows the personal tragedy resulting from the overbuilding, and ultimately, the financial crash in Ireland. Also, she writes a realistic look at a family's struggle with a sibling with serious mental problems. I really enjoyed this book.
When I want a light read to offset heavy reads, I turn to a number of favorite cozy characters, including Agatha Raisin. I don't read them in order, because wherever I reenter Agatha's life, I know it will be fun and easy to catch up. The story wasn't my favorite, the villain being a bit far-fetched, but I always enjoy irascible Agatha trying to lure James Lacey into her web.
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