san francisco | Member Since 2008
Bosch has become unlikeable and predictable and disappointing. Connelly's character development in The Drop is basically nil and the plot is as dull as cardboard. We've read and listened to this storyline so many times that it's close to a farce. That's it for me.
Best: Susan Bennett
Least: writing is too mainstream, not creative
She has a gifted, natural ability to tell a story from varied viewpoints and make the characters as believable as possible.
All the men are bad guys in this novel. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Why are so many of us okay with letting cops ignore gang murders and contently grateful that it's not us who are being shot at? After listening to the statistics in this book (which will stun you) and contemplating that I grew up mere miles from where this story takes place, this book made me recall with clarity how my parents eventually detoured around familiar streets we once traveled through without fear...as if steering clear of "bad areas" is an okay solution to rampant homicide. Society's disdain for poor neighborhoods and the people who live in them combined with a police force that looks the other way instead of providing safety for its citizens is an epidemic we need to take control of now. Right now.
I *do* wish the narrator had been better, though. She's almost a deal breaker but the prose, research and unflinching journalism kept me glued to the story.
I kept picturing this as a movie; it's written with sounds and smells and an inner dialogue that compels the listener to keep "watching." My suggestion is that you don't judge it by its whodunnit quotient but by its entertainment value and its ability to take your imagination on an 11-hour ride.
This is the real thing, folks. Intriguing mystery, creepy narration, cinematic writing and unflinching storytelling that brings characters into your lives you'll actually care about. Download with abandon and get ready for a genuine earbender.
Jim McCance, as the narrator, did a decent job telling this tale of serial killing, attorneys, childhood trauma with a dollop of art and romance but the story is really far-fetched, hackneyed and ridiculously unrealistic. Not hateful but pretty disappointing.
The story is intriguing--I *think*--but I'm so annoyed by the over dramatized style of the narrator that I can't find a toe hold. Giving up half way into it.
This may end up being one of your favorite new series but it was just fluff to me. I really enjoyed the narrator and liked that it takes place in Flagstaff, AZ but that's about the extent of it. It reads like a light version of The Blacklist or some other TV show where a woman finds out how strong she really is under the guidance of a man who is not who he appears to be. Oh, and throw in the current but stale theme in screenplays, corporate greed, add a little romance, sprinkle with some between-girls banter and you've got Don't Order Dog. Yawn.
There were fleeting moments when I was listening intently, gripped by mystery and eager to hear each word--but they weren't very often. To me, the book came *this close* to sounding "preachy" and if it wasn't Tana French I don't think I would have had the patience to listen through the coming-of-age story of girlhood, being part of a clan and exploring the differences between the sexes and the classes. More of a YA novel than a mystery...definitely not as arresting as her first three books.
With a hint of Matthew Mcconaughey in there, J. Rodney Turner's voice is startlingly arresting, not only because of its charming accent but because Mr. Turner's warm tone just makes you want to hear what he's gonna say next.
The story? Reedonkulous. But listening to Mr. Turner suspended my disbelief for 12 hours.
The narration is okay but the story is so far-fetched that it's ridiculous. There are also some good moments where Koryta teaches us about survival and Montana and fire fighting but even then it's pretty preach-y and ham-fisted. All in all, not my favorite 11 hours.
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