In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.
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The first half of this book was pretty good but the last half became predictable and droned on and on with little to drive the plot forward.
Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.
This book does a great history of the family and the kind of decision making that ended, ultimately, in tragedy.
Especially recommended for divers but not exclusively.
If it can happen in show business, it's happened to Jon Cryer. Now he's opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.
... but I must confess that I found his story and narration quite enjoyable. I thought I would be in for a book of Charlie Sheen gossip, but it was a very entertaining story of his life and I have a new respect for him.
His story telling was quite good and it very quickly separated him from his Alan Harper persona that I have grown to despise. Well worth the listen.
Jon, I take back all the nasty things I once said about you.
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The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.
This novel popped up as an Audible recommendation and I decided to toss it into my library a few months ago. Finally got around to listening and was quite surprised. It was a really good listen.
The setting combined with the narration was fantastic. The flashback and forward structure worked really well and the found the narrator did a great job and pulling me into the story.
This is much more than the typical murder mystery and I really can't say anything bad about this title. I look forward to starting another novel by Peter May and hope the next novel in this series arrives soon.
For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.
But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.
I audited this novel based on the high ratings it had. I couldn't be more disappointed.
This novel flopped back and forth between corny predictability and nonsensical. The leaps of logic made by the characters was so far out as to be stupid and this book was nothing more than a BARELY mediocre 'horror' story.
It was all I could do to let the story finish. I wish I could have those hours of my life back.
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Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.
Can't say too much that is bad about this book, but be prepared to venture off into even more nooks and crannies as the authors world continues to grow.
The narrator had a bit too much time off and it took a bit to get used to the change is some pronunciation and he has changed a few of the voices - one you adjust though - he does a nice job of bringing the story to life.
As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.
Not my usually genre, but I was hooked by the HBO series and decided not to wait for season three. I have found this to be a spectacular listen.
The narration is first rate and does a great job of giving the primary characters their own distinct voices.
The story is a roller coaster of ups and downs - so much so, that I almost stopped mid-way in surprised disgust at some of the turns it takes .... but alas I could not stop and I continued until the end ... and I look forward to beginning book 4 when I finish writing this review.
Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.
After enjoying the first block of novels in the series read by Mark Hammer ... this was a disappointment.
The pronunciations, the patterning, the loss of the characters voices really spoiled this book for me.
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Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....
In the introduction, the author himself warns you not to read the book ... I should have taken his advice.
While the narrator does his usual bang up job, the story is quite convoluted and absurd.
Literary techniques like fore-shadowing are used at almost every cut scene - and quite poorly. It also seemed like during the writing of the novel he may have felt like it needed to be longer, so situational descriptions are agonizingly long and repetitive. In the final quarter of the book, plot points and hooks are actually spelled out in such step by step, ridiculous detail that the author obviously assumed his readers must be border-line retarded.
I finished the novel, but wish it would have been over in half the time. Mr. Coben owes me a good five or six hours of my life back.
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It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The last quarter of this book should be removed and have an entirely new ending put in its place. When I finished listening to this book, I actually said outloud. That ending was f*%ing stupid.
Was The Night Eternal worth the listening time?
Unfortunately, if you have worked your way through books one and two in this series, book three is required if you want to put and end to the story ... but it was really not at par with the first novel.
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