REVIEW OF DNF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 31, 2015. Narrator: Scott Brick
Pedestrian dialogue, scenes that didn't make sense, having to work too hard to piece eventREVIEW OF DNF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 31, 2015. Narrator: Scott Brick
Pedestrian dialogue, scenes that didn't make sense, having to work too hard to piece events together...
I gave up about a third of the way. A review I inadvertently read contributed to my disappointment - the review did not have a spoiler warning and revealed the identity of the presidential candidate's killer as well as what caused Sean to look away that split second, giving the gunman the chance to shoot.
The opening scenes were good and I thought I was in for a treat; excited, as I've never read Baldacci before. However, I was annoyed when Sean King dies in the prologue only to be alive several chapters later. Without the ebook to check, I had to go back in the audiobook to make sure I hadn't heard wrong. I didn't, so I thought maybe it was all some kind of undercover job or Witsec program and Sean would return as a different character. It wasn't. Sean King is still Sean King eight years later when the main story picks up from the prologue (and is all about Michelle Maxwell for several chapters). Sean didn't literally die. Hard to pick this up in an audiobook, especially in a story belonging to this genre. I tend to take such statements literally unless it's a common metaphor and such.
Even if I hadn't been spoilt by that review - revealing what made Sean King look away is a major spoiler - I doubt I would have enjoyed this installment as much as I expected. This book is more like a mainstream romantic suspense (sans the sex) between two ex-secret service agents. It would work as a tv movie but as a book, it didn't for me.
I doubt I will listen to the rest of the series....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 30, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I've enjoyed the last few books more than the early ones and this is one of the good ones.REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 30, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I've enjoyed the last few books more than the early ones and this is one of the good ones. I could have done without the meth couple and the horseshit as it only served to bring Virgil in as a ploy to market his series without actually showing his skills. All telling rather than showing. It also muddied the main story and throughout the book I was trying to figure out how the horseshit and meth couple tied in with the Mexicans, expecting some kind of twist or surprise connection. There isn't. It was all just for Virgil to make an appearance.
I did not mind Lucas' family being in danger again but only because Letty was great here. I will let her live...kill off Weather...she's a bore.
Ferrone was very good, as he has been throughout the series. I still prefer Len Cariou's voice, though, but performance-wise, the two narrators and Dick Hill are my power trio.
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 2015 Narraror: Richard Masur
Simple, straightforward storyline. I'd like a little more complexity...a twist at the end, but stREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 2015 Narraror: Richard Masur
Simple, straightforward storyline. I'd like a little more complexity...a twist at the end, but still enjoyable enough. Masur's narrating contributed a lot to that. He lent the story, and Jesse Stone's character, a quiet strength. I liked Masur's voice very much and am looking forward to second book, Trouble in Paradise. which Masur also narrates.
My versions are the Audible ones and both Book 1 & 2 listed as Abridged but the length (5-6 hours) is similar to the unabridged ones (Book 3 - 12). Book 13, Blind Spot, is the only 8-hour long book, and written by Reed Farrel Coleman....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 27, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I had to abort but won't give the 1 star for books that I DNF as I hope to be able to returREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 27, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I had to abort but won't give the 1 star for books that I DNF as I hope to be able to return to this one day. Probably the Kindle, not the audiobook, so that I can easily skip the parts I can't bear.
I'd say 3 stars for the 25% I listened to. I had to stop because it was just too gory. I knew the case Bowers was investigating was connected to the Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, but I wasn't expecting to listen to a list of other serial killers through the years as well. By the time I got to the reading of a serial killer's letter (Albert Fish) describing the killing and eating of two boys, I gave up.
I enjoy police procedurals. The lurid descriptions of serial killings (or going into the killer's mind), not so much. If this is your cup of tea, this book should work.
It's written in 1st Person, but there were several instances I wasn't sure as many scenes were 3rd Person, then shifts to 2nd Person when someone is recounting a scene to another character. I did not buy the Kindle so could not check.
I have come to like Richard Ferrone from his narration of the Lucas Davenport series but his voice is too old for Patrick Bowers who is only 25 years old in this prequel. I intend to listen to next book, after Bowers joins the FBI, and Ferrone should fit better as an older Bowers....more