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A Tremendous Finale!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Don Winslow could have ended this story with The Cartel, but he recognized that even after the Zetas and after Adan Barrera (El Chapo) there remain serious problems not only in Mexico but in the US as well. The focus that the current president has put on Mexico to cover for his abysmal lack of understanding and talent presents new issues which hinder a broader understanding of the dependence of the US on Mexico's drugs. Winslow did not lose his way or sell out in writing this book. He is keenly aware that duplicitous acts take place daily in this country. Those who immediately dismiss this book due to their adherence to the Fake News rhetoric, have little interest in seeking truth. I am amazed that reviewers have the temerity to state that it is a bad book even though they quit reading at Chapter 10. At any rate, I found this to be a totally engaging and compelling learning experience. I look forward to whatever Winslow has in store for us next.

Loved This Book!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I am a little surprised about the less than positive reviews of this book. First, the narration by Will Patton is spot on. He is my favorite narrator and never fails to capture the personality of the characters. This book was no exception. The Mr. Mercedes series was so enjoyable that it was a pleasure to have Holly return in this book. I know many readers were disappointed when that trilogy ended and especially enjoyed her character. I was engaged throughout the book and was able to suspend my disbelief as I have done in so many other books by King. I consider him a genius and this book contributed to that opinion.

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Engaging history

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-26-17

After many recommendations, I decided that I had missed out not reading this book before.
I was totally captivated by both the story and the background of the times and the personal struggles of the major character and others. Although not familiar with the intricacies of rowing, I learned a lot and contemplated just what is necessary to be a rower. I was not bored in the least. Perhaps it might have been different if I was reading the book rather than listening, but the narrator engaged me totally from the beginning. This was an inspiring look into a huge American victory.

A Beautiful Story

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Reviewed: 10-10-17

I was impressed by the author's research on the tea industry in China. I feel like I learned a lot from the book. It was beautifully written and kept me engaged and eager to continue listening. I do think that there were a few too many coincidences, especially in a country as vast as China. And the same goes for Los Angeles. Nonetheless, I loved the story and will recommend it to my friends with great enthusiasm.

Fascinating Memoir

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-28-17

Thanks to the author's journaling throughout his life, the reader gets an insightful view of the world of surfing. Surfers must be fascinated by the description of the waves, surf spots and adventures as there is considerable detail. The writer's beautiful language made the long adventure truly enjoyable. Yes, there were areas (like the South Pacific journey) which seemed to drag a little, but there was so much more to come. For those who questioned the length and personal details of this book, I can only say, it is a MEMOIR. It is supposed to be about the writer, his thoughts, his experiences. He did a great job.

Winslow is a great writer!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-01-17

I am so glad that I listened to this rather than reading it. The narration makes the story come alive. I have read most of Winslow's books and and am amazed at the breadth of his research and understanding of his subjects. He will continue to be one of the writers whom I automatically check out whenever he has a new book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Still a great read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-12-17

I have been a long-time fan of Jo Nesbo and this book was as satisfying as any of the others. The narrator did an excellent job and the ending was totally unexpected, so I was engaged for the entire book. Harry Hole is an exceptional creation and never fails to interest me. I anticipate many more books from Nesbo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not much substance here

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-17

I found this book to be boring and generally without merit. I was not interested in what might come next. The narration was very well done however. The problem is that the characters and plot seemed contrived and of little relevance. Compared to the other books I've been listening to, this one missed the mark. I was eager for it to end and that has not been the case very often.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Connelly scores again!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrong Side of Goodbye to be better than the print version?

I'm sure that both versions are equally good, but I prefer most of my reading to be done through audiobooks.

What other book might you compare The Wrong Side of Goodbye to and why?

The other Connelly books compare favorably to this one. He is a consistently good writer and his characters return each time to convey new facets of themselves.

What does Titus Welliver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Welliver is an accomplished reader who brings life to the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time to listen to a book in one sitting this would be a good one. However, listening for a couple of hours a day did not diminish my interest in the book.

Any additional comments?

This could have been a formulaic novel which rested on Connelly's past successes, but it definitely was not and his plots and characters remain interesting.

The end of a wonderful trilogy!

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Reviewed: 03-22-17

If you could sum up End of Watch in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, engaging, masterful

What other book might you compare End of Watch to and why?

As in most of King's books, there is scarcely anything to which it can be compared.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Will Patton is my favorite narrator of audiobooks. He invests great energy into his reading and brings life to the characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The saga reaches a powerful conclusion

Any additional comments?

I am not alone in the feeling of sadness at the conclusion of this trilogy. The characters are memorable and I would like to read more about those who remain at the end. Where do they go from here?