A great pick for young scientists, fans of funny robots, or really any young (or old) reader in need of a laugh. I loved the robot voices and the storA great pick for young scientists, fans of funny robots, or really any young (or old) reader in need of a laugh. I loved the robot voices and the story in general although Jon Scieszka's reading took some getting used to. He paused a lot during sentences, but I did enjoy his enthusiasm and I really doubt younger readers will care. Over all, a really fun, engaging audio book. ...more
Very enjoyable listen. I don't know if I would have rated the book this high though or if I would have kept reading. But I really enjoyed Robert GleniVery enjoyable listen. I don't know if I would have rated the book this high though or if I would have kept reading. But I really enjoyed Robert Glenister's interpretation of all the characters....more
I cannot believe that this book was never ever recommended to me. I suppose no one who knows me well enough has re(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)
I cannot believe that this book was never ever recommended to me. I suppose no one who knows me well enough has read it, but this is basically the ideal Horror novel for me in every concievable respect. I laughed, I got misty-eyed, I felt incredibly nauseous, I possess an irrational fear of something that doesn't exist, and I still occasionally contemplate sleeping with the light on.
There is nothing better than a new twist on the familiar coupled with a large dose of originality. Yes, there is a lot here that reminds me of other great books or entertaining authors who also specialize in Horror, but only because The Monstrumologist achieves the same sort of wonderful, terrifying uniquenesss that left me salivating for the next installment. The Anthropophagi in of themselves are probably the creepiest monsters I've listened to and eventually read about in a long time. Hearing of their brutal actions and appetites will probably take hours out of your regularly scheduled sleep cycle, but if you're a fan of being scared out of your wits, you will definitely wish you could thank Yancey for it. And I am beyond impressed by just how Lovecraftian the story was in terms of its themes without ever becoming a lousy imitation or knock-off.
Although Will Henry has probably the most amazing recollection of events ever possessed by a narrator, and there was a bit of unnecessary repetition from time to time, it hardly mattered to me at all in comparision to what was done right in terms of plot, details, and characterization. There is so much going on here, and all of it is just so engaging and enthralling. I loved Will Henry and his mentor/tormentor/guardian, Pelinore Walthrop who is exactly what you would get if you put Sherlock Holmes, Lord Byron, Herbert West, Randolph Carter, and Severus Snape into a blender. So imagine putting such a person in charge of a very young boy who lost his family in the most traumatic way possible and what you get is a fascinating, heart-wrenching disaster with more than its far share of nauseatingly disgusting monsters. Their relationship is as moving as it is haunting and decidedly frustrating since both Will and Pelinore are incapable of truly understanding one another. I also hope to see more of Jack Kearnes who was as charming as only a psychopath could be.
In conclusion, what the heck is wrong with me and what rock have I been living under since 2009? On a more serious note, if you read or listen to only one book in celebration of the Halloween season, read The Monstrumologist. It is amazing, and I am not surprised that the near-reality of not getting the rest of the series created such a tremendous uproar. I will be buying the entire series for myself as soon as possible, and for others who may or may not thank me for it later....more
Once again, I had a great time character-wise and only a decent time when it came to the way the plot developed. N(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)
Once again, I had a great time character-wise and only a decent time when it came to the way the plot developed. Nesser sets up really intriguing cases and this was no exception, but I just feel like they really don't need to take 7 hours to be solved. I would have gotten done a lot quicker which would have curbed some of my irritation at there being a lack of suspects yet again. In the end, I couldn't bring myself to switch from CD to print because I would have missed Simon Vance too much.
Van Veeteren, Munster, Ruth, and Reinhardt were wonderful as per usual. Van Veeteren had to deal with some health problems of his own, and handles them in the same wry, introspective way that he does most things. His attitude, sympathy, and actions in regards to Verhaven were riveting too. I was shocked by what ultimately happened and pleased by it because at least it was something different for a change. Munster also provided a bit of a more normal inspector to follow around, but his interaction and work relationship with his Chief Inspector is also really fun to read about. And throughout the book there were a lot of funny, laugh-out-loud moments in-between more serious, thought-provoking, or sad ones.
In conclusion, good if sort of uneven. I enjoyed the glimpses at the past and the characters, but I don't like really having no way to come to the same conclusion as Van Veeteren did. I also sort of wish that the book hadn't waited until the very last CD to pack such a tremendous wallop, but at least I really liked what everything added up to....more
3.5 Stars - Borkmann's Point was more enjoyable in some respects than Mind's Eye and yet similar in others.
Simon Vance does a great job of making every voice different, and thank goodness because plot-wise, I had the same issues with this book as I did with the last. I enjoyed the journey, the introspective moments, and just the insight into different people, but I didn't feel particularly overwhelmed with concern or worry. There just wasn't a lot of suspense and spending the occasional scene in the company of the then nameless murderer made it pretty clear that not much else would happen. I also figured out who the Axe Man was simply because there were no actual suspects and only so many available characters.
Still, Håkan Nesser's real strength is breathing life into fictional people and in this book he does it in spades. He has a real sympathy for the people he creates that I like and deeply admire. Besides, the best part of a mystery series is usually its main character and Van Veeteren could not be better. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what he's doing because his take on things and cynical, wry humor is so worth listening to and reading about. Similarly, I remain quite found of Munster who acts as sort of a Watson to Van Veeteren's Sherlock Holmes. Both of them are really wonderful characters, and I am cannot wait to read whatever comes next.
In conclusion, another excellent performance from Simon Vance and another enjoyable book from Håkan Nesser....more
Despite knowing who the killer was the instant he showed up, I really loved the way the investigation unfolded, th(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)
Despite knowing who the killer was the instant he showed up, I really loved the way the investigation unfolded, the nature of the crimes, and just the game of cat and mouse between Harry and far too many people trying to manipulate him for one reason or another. I also liked learning why the killer was the killer, which sometimes is left out of books that focus on a police officer or detective. I also enjoyed learning the history of the characters both good and evil, the atmospheric feel, and Nesbø's attention to vivid, believable details. His writing was just so awesome in so many ways including the fact that he doesn't just make the reader follow Harry around, but provides alot of different point of view and many fascinating characters.
Robin Sachs' reading and British accent provided a real richness to everything, and I will definitely be looking for other books read by him in the near future. I also liked the way he pronounced all the Norwegian words. The opening, which was really sort of explicit and the gruesomeness of the murders that took place within the book made the narration take some getting used to for me. Once I got used to everything going on and was introduced to Harry Hole, I was really captivated by the story, the killer, the investigation, the suspects, the victims, the victims' children, and, of course, the detective himself. I even found excuses to keep driving just to hear more, which is always a good sign. I spent most of the discs feeling terrified, touched, amused, and concerned for nearly everyone in the book.There's not enough time for me to note every remarkable facet of The Snowman, but really the flow of words and the sequencing of events was mesmerizing for the most part. And I seriously doubt I will ever look at a snowman the same way again.
Sadly and honestly though, I think The Snowman was routinely bogged down by one of the worst on again off again not-really-a-romance ever. I really wish I could understand the obsession that the mystery genre has with divorce, separation, and dysfunctional relationships for main characters, but at any rate, I could not stand how both Harry and Rakel continued to sabotage themselves, each other, and quite possibly Oleg, Rakel's son. Their toxic, unhealthy bond wasn't as important as the incredibly twisted murders, really sick serial killer, really messed up detective, and severely distraught families, but I really wish it had been given less time and attention because, quite frankly, it was the least original and tedious aspect of an otherwise fantastic mystery novel.
This isn't to say I don't get why Rakel was there. I do understand the point behind it because the book is a very dark place and Harry's emotional state is a topic that can't be avoided in a book that is mostly about Harry. But I think there was enough going on with him that Rakel could have been given far less attention until the book started to draw to a close. I much prefered Harry's connection to Oleg, the sympathy/concern he felt for Jonas, his interactions with his partner, Katrina, his depressingly bitter thoughts, and the awesome casework he did. He also never got distracted from the case or from most of his priorities so at least I came to care for Harry even if I don't care for all of his decisions.
I will definitely be looking for the sequel to this book because I loved Harry, but I'm not sure yet if I will try reading or listening to other volumes that came before it because I really do not need any more Rakel in my reading life. Other readers who enjoy finding a new series with a great main character might want to read the earlier books seeing as at least five of them have been translated into English, but it is worth noting that Nesbø does a great job of explaining who everyone is so it isn't exactly something a reader would have to do.
In conclusion, really good but no without somewhat problematic aspects that other readers might want to be aware of. However, what prevented me from giving this book anything less than 4 stars is that I cannot get over Nesbø's writing, his craftsmanship, his main character, the killer he created, and how awesome a job Robin Sachs did of narrating. If you're looking for a really scary book chock full of moments of brilliance that will chill you to the bone and make you forget all about the summer heat? This is the audio book for you. But reader beware: This is not for the faint of heart....more
Although this book wasn't horrible, Cold Service was sort of strange and doesn't really fit in with the successful formula and appeal of the other SpeAlthough this book wasn't horrible, Cold Service was sort of strange and doesn't really fit in with the successful formula and appeal of the other Spenser books I've read. And it is decidedly my least favorite so far....more
Not a bad book, but I just found it sort of disappointing compared to the other books in some respects. The case also took a ridiculously long time toNot a bad book, but I just found it sort of disappointing compared to the other books in some respects. The case also took a ridiculously long time to solve....more
The only reason this book got three stars from me is that Lippman is a remarkable writer and I loved the first few parts of this book. Besides, whetheThe only reason this book got three stars from me is that Lippman is a remarkable writer and I loved the first few parts of this book. Besides, whether or not I like what her book amounted to, I couldn’t help but to admire her effort here. Along those lines, Linda Edmond is a gifted narrator and really did a wonderful job making these characters and their voices unique and distinct.
Sadly not voice nor framework nor lush details could make up for what this book lacked in terms of substance. I also feel that the book continually hinted and teased at some dark secret or plot twist, and what the author offered up instead was such a cop out that I felt incredibly cheated and pretty upset when I was done with this book. In fact the big reveal for this book is so incredibly lack-lustre and uninspiring that I can’t imagine it’s made many readers or listeners very happy. I am also fairly certain that I would not have gotten very far without having listened mainly to the audio book....more
Absolutely fantastic. Frederick Davidson is so good at reading these stories and I especially the last one of the eight which is told from Jeeves' POVAbsolutely fantastic. Frederick Davidson is so good at reading these stories and I especially the last one of the eight which is told from Jeeves' POV.
(Sadly though, I couldn't find an edition that matched what I listened to.)...more