I would listen to this twice, the story is solid, first you know where you are who the players are in this post WWI saga about magic woven into the early 20th century. The writer creates a good visualization of the magic as its being used and takes you into a phone call with a dead villian and our hero Nate Sullivan, since the story is so good to that point I just went along with it, the writer earned it. I also don't usually like high violence action for long, but his action was awesome, a lightning bolt fight with such intensity that it ends the dust bowl of the 1930's. Listen to this book it must be done. I listened to the 1st book before this one and I highly recommend it too. The dark story, lightens up just at the right times with characters that don't take themselves too seriously even in a serious situation. The ending sets up the next book in the series which I will be buying as soon as it appears.
Rarely do I get everything I want in a book but this one is a gift to my ears. Great mystery, no loose ends, complicated plot twists, fabulous character development. I smell a hint of an agenda but it didn't take from the thrill of this book. I found myself liking this character, not too badass, not too fearless, he misses his Mom after she dies and is relentless at solving the mystery.
Let me take a minute to say why I love Marc Vietor as a Narrator. First his voice is old Hollywood amazing and crisp, like Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Olivier, you get the picture. When he reads there is so much control and character definition that you can coast with him driving you through the plot without having to back up and see which characters are speaking. He never makes a female character sound like a drag queen, nor botches up accents. There is no smacking mouth sounds or dry mouth like so many others of lesser quality pollute into the narration. This is an art form. Millions of audio being downloaded every day with users like me who have listened to hundreds of voices. Book narration is not film, not a play, not a radio broadcast, but a new form that takes shape with mental pictures as when you read yourself, his timing gives support to imagination without distraction and adds to the experience in every way.
I am looking forward to book two.
This story is massive crap. Chapter 22 is so ubsurd I can't go on. It's a mess, nothing makes sense there are unlikely relationships and you never know what the point is. The plot makes no sense what so ever, I think it's a low rate romance novel that would be well played by the puppets in "Team America". I felt sorry for the narrator Jeffrey Cummings deserved better.
At first I disliked the main character so much I was going to stop listening to this. But the Narrator Luke Daniels has that happy dog voice I like so much I just kept going. Then the Barkeep has some really good insights to drunks that I just kept going some more, then I was hooked by the whole bunch of just-missed-being-likeable characters. It was a bit hard to follow, it's a big gang of losers in this book but they were all written very human, but never quite making it to the likeable mark with the exception of the old policeman who follows people around most of the time till the ending. It was pretty thrilling though at the halfway point and is very well wrapped up. With the exception of whatever happened to the first girl with the slutty shoes? Did she ever find true love? They should have murdered her I guess, then I wouldn't wonder what her roll was for. I think I recommend you to give this a try, let me know if you figure out the girl with the slutty shoes.
Dick Hill once again is horrible and this rating system won't let me leave zero stars for Performance. I suggest turning your speed to double time to get Dick moving at an almost normal pace while you listen. (NOTE to Lee Child: Use Marc Vietor next time he has range and never botches up an action book). Key word here is action.
I don't want to spoil this because it is a classic fast paced Jack Reacher action and action tips book. Tips such as "don't shoot the tires when trying to disable a gang thugs escape vehicle, go for the engine" you'll find out why towards the middle of the story. Pay close attention to the details and you'll get the hidden bad guy of the story. I didn't of course but I never do.
Loved it Sherlock Homeless!
If this is your first Reacher novel try one of the others first I suggest one that is Dick free they are all good.
A bit slow at first, but being the 1st in the series it sets the characters well. The narrator holds this together during the slow spots. Excellent period accents, I will probably drop out on this series when they switch to another narrator I'm funny about what sound voices go into my head and Marc Vietor is the best.
It's worth the listen if you like the older style mystery without intense gore and sex.
I wasn't surprised how highly entertaining this book was. I listened to another of the Bernheimer books with the same narrator and really enjoyed that too. This one is a ghost story about the person who is assigned to Ferry the dead to the next world, some that don't want to go and the Ferryman has to put a smack down on them and force them on their way, others seem stuck and seek his services and he helps them leave the middle ground they are caught in. He's poor, his love life sucks, he's short and he's new to this roll of helping the haunted, he's adorable. A bit of a cliffhanger ending but the next book is in the shop and it's my next book to listen to.
I liked the characters and I liked how the story wraps up.
In this case the "guy doesn't get the girl" ending was just perfect. Maybe a bit far reaching in the plot, but a nice mix of depressing facts about corporate food and I wish it could end that way in real life endings. Fast paced and Marc Vietor can read to me anytime. Love that narrator. He should be reading more best sellers; more people would share that voice.
I didn't connect with any characters. The main character has no back story, he's an ex-cop, that's about it. He's looking for a killer someone hired him to find. I sort of want the bad guy to get away he's the only one with any character development. The narration wasn't too bad; a bit flat, but that is what he was working with. I got really bored 3/4 of the way and I was done and moved on to another book, looking for an exchange. I happen to love that new policy.
I know I shouldn't like this gory series but I do. It reads like a TV mini-series and it's pretty gross, but I laughed at the humor and enjoyed it not trying to make it more than it was. So I may not recommend the series to everyone. I can't deny I liked it.
The Narrator has a deep rich voice and is very good.
I missed this read in high school. This was supposed to be a great American novel. Here's what I felt about it; Gatsby was boring. Poor Daisy I feel bad for her, she's married to a tedious cheating oaf, and having an affair with a bore. It would have been a better book if Daisy had pushed Tom overboard to his death on an Atlantic crossing to Europe. Because by then she was rid of Gatsby. Of course she would have lost the third person narration guy he was a bore too and she could join the circus and have a good time partying with Carneys. Maybe somebody could rewrite this as The Great Wolfman Gatsby.
Jake Gyllenhall is an excellent narrator.
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