With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City - its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.
Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners - and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures - Grand Central Terminal.
Grand Central Terminal is the very center of the city. It's also the sixth-most-visited tourist attraction in the world. From the world's largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its use of electric trains since the early 1900s, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than 100 years.
But "the world's loveliest station" is hiding more than just an underground train system, and in Terminal City Alex Cooper and Mike Chapman must contend with Grand Central's dark secrets as well as their own changing relationship.
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It was as if Linda Fairstein gave her formula to a ghostwriter who just didn't get the tone right. Although I generally love her books, and in particular love the details that they generally include regarding the particular area of the New York that she's talking about, in this case,it was way too much about trains. Moreover, the interaction between Alex and Mike was just not believable. Also, and all the other books Alex has been a strong, determined female lead. In this book, she was somewhat simpering and whimpering.
Barbara Rosenblatt is one of my favorite readers and she was very good with this book as well
The amount of description regarding the trains, the under ground tunnels and the people who live and then became really tiresome. And as a result, it cut from the time that could have been spent on the relationship between the characters in the book.
I've listened to every one of the books in this series and generally liked them. Linda Fairstein always chooses some part of NYC to focus on, imparting tons of information that most people wouldn't know. I like that part. Though I no longer live outside New York, I enjoy learning about that great city. However (there's always a however in reviews), the story lines seem a bit extreme, though usually based on some real life incidents. When the series began, I always wondered why Alexandra never got together with her sometime partner, Mike. Now that they seem to be moving closer, I'm actually uncomfortable with it - go figure. Guess I changed my mind about their chemistry. I'm not exactly looking forward to the next book to see where this pairing leads.
My last comment is about the narrator. I've always loved Barbara Rosenblatt, especially her reading of the Amelia Peabody series. However, the longer I listen to her as Alex Cooper, the more it feels that this character is a 60 year old dowager. Her interpretation is just grating. Her men's voices are great though her over-exaggerated Brooklyn accent for Mike makes him sound like a stereotype.
Linda Fairstein is one of my favorite writers, but I can't take the narrator anymore. She has a great voice, when is not into a character. Can Mike Chapman sound any more older? and Alex Cooper more of a smoker?
Is well research and great lessons in history. And the plot is full of twists and turns.
Try to change the way the characters sound, specially Mike's.
I think I would had enjoy reading it.
I have read or listened to all of her books. I would buy another book, even though I didn't like this one as much as many of them.
The entire Grand Central story is fascinating. The love angle didn't fit.
Down in the tunnel.
The narrator is horrible, she sounds like she has smoked three packs a day for the last 10 years and when she does the men voices it sounds like six packs a day.
While I am happy that there is some movement in the Alex/Mike relationship, she is a little whiney and bitchy, it is our of character for her tough as nails persona
Otherwise, it is a standard Fairstein read, always a great NYC learning tool, her history of the city is always entertaining.
Historic backgrounds about NYC are interesting with different ones included in each book of the series. What has ended my interest is the character development and narration. Alex at times seems the strong woman she is purported to be, other times she puts up with utter nonsense and is far more squeamish than someone with her experience should be. Mike Chapman has become increasingly annoying and unprofessional, and doesn't seem a realistic love interest for Alex.
The voice for Alex is wonderful. That of Mike Chapman grating and too old. Mercer sounds southern which makes no sense.
The earlier books in this series were nice, easy to follow and flowed well. Either I've outgrown it or it's gone on too long. I'm about halfway through and am going to skip to the last couple chapters to get it over with.
I'm always interested to learn all that Linda Fairstein presents as background in her books. This installment takes place in Grand Central Terminal in NYC and doesn't fail to please, though if you're hoping for a big reveal in Alex's evolving relationship with Mike Chapman, maybe next time. We're coaxed along, but no big event (I can't help it, I was rooting for Mike all through the interlude with the French chef). The story line is involving, and the bad guy is truly bad, so a satisfying read.
I have not listened yet but this rating a book within 5 or 6 hours of release is ridiculous. There is NO WAY the two people who rated this book 2-3 stars actually listened to the book in full and gave it a proper rating. Hell, even the reviews that are 5-Stars that show up within 2 hours of the audiobook release is ridiculous (think Mr. Mercedes). Audible should get the act together on this. It is giving unfair bias and review to both the buyers and the authors who worked hard on the novels. That is all
Loved it! This author always knows how to write about one topic but has several stories going on at once. Makes it fun & unpredictable!
Always enjoy the suspense and the history Ms. Fairstein includes in her books. She describes the city, the buildings and individuals so well I can actually see them as I am listening. Ms. Rosenblat's narration is, as always, superb - she could read anything and make it come to life. I normally choose the books being read by Ms. Rosenblat. Well done and worth a credit.
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