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George Pickstock

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IF IT AIN'T BROKE - DON'T FIX IT!

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-24

I am — was a huge fan of the Memory Man Series. The first three books were fabulous. They left me gasping for the next one to be released. Then Mr. Baldacci began tinkering with the Decker character making book four somewhat of a disappointment. Now, with this book, my zeal for this series is demolished. If I had wanted to read a Will Robie book, I would have bought one. I made it through to chapter 46, but no more. I cannot finish it. I'm sorry Mr. Baldacci, but you have ruined the series for me. Never again. The old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" holds true here. You should have left well enough alone. Like backsides, everyone has an opinion and this is mine. Fans of your Will Robie series will love this book. Sadly, this will be the last Baldacci book I will buy.

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CANNOT FINISH!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-25

Ordinarily, I love Michael Connelly's books, but this one is utter trash. It must have been written before the concept of "Show - Don't tell" became the mantra of authors and publishers everywhere. I made it to chapter 6 but finally had to quit because by then, I had no concept of what the story was all about. Sorry, Michael, maybe the next one will be a winner, but this one loses it for me.

Not What I Expected from Grisham

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-28

I like Grisham. He tells a good yarn despite the fact that he's dead against the death penalty. This book has a good story and I won't spoil it for future readers. However, I found the expository nature of the narration did not draw me into the book. More than a few times, I had to set it aside and return to it later. Out of the 14 hours plus of this book perhaps 3 hours actually evoke any deep emotional interest. Most of the rest of it is like reading a technical manual. Sad really. It promised to be a truly good yarn. It started out that way but for me, it didn't deliver.

14 hours I'll never get back.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-05

Very disappointed with the ending. Thirteen and a half hours of an unbelievable scenario ending with an equally unlikely climax. Not his best Reacher book.

A Superb Course for Aspiring Authors

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-17

I listen to this course often. Since its purchase, I have probably listened to these lectures dozens of times. Jame Hynes is fantastic at explaining the various nuances of the writing art. I highly recommend this audiobook to any would-be author.

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Loved Scott Brick - Story, not so much.

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-21

I chose this book above all the other Reacher books because of the narrator. I prefer Scott Brick to any of the others who have narrated Lee Child's work. As others have previously noted, this story is tedious. It is, in fact, two separate storylines that never really connect until the last five or six chapters. I got the impression that the author was having a difficult time figuring out how to merge the two, albeit there were hints along the way. Still, it's not the best of the Reacher series, and it will, no doubt, be the last one I buy in audiobook format.

I expected something more

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-08

I respect Stephen King. He is arguably one of the most successful writers of our time. However, I am not a huge fan of the horror genre. So, when I read the synopsis for this book I decided to give it a try. After reading King's Mr. Mercedes series I had hoped this book would be similar. Sadly, the story let me down. The Narrator was blah. I wouldn't listen to it again.

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Not as good as the movies

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-15

I freely admit I'm a bigger fan of the movies. This is the first of the Reacher series I've read/listened to. I didn't know what to expect. Frankly, I'm surprised by Reacher's character as being larger than life. I expected something different. I had the villain figured out early in the narrative and as others have stated the long, drawn-out descriptions become boring quickly. The story was okay but I wouldn't read it twice.

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Poorly Narrated - Story too over the top.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-12

I've read and listened to more than a few Baldacci novels, so I'm mystified by this poor offering by a talented author. This series does not compare well at all to Baldacci's Memory Man Series. This story is just so unbelievable and far-fetched as to insult the intelligence of the reader. As for the narration, both narrators failed in their ability to differentiate between characters. I found myself confused as to who was who. I admit, Ron McLarty did a better job than Orla Cassidy, but not by much. Cassidy was pitiful. And don't get me started on the sound effects. Overall: Very disappointing.

Not Baldacci's Best

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-28

I had hoped this story would be of the calibre and quality of Mr. Baldacci's Memory Man series. Sadly, I am disappointed. I think one reason might be because there were too many situations in which more than two or three voices were present in dialogue and Mr. Brick, who I think is a great narrator, failed to distinguish clearly between the voices. It confused me. Secondly, the story falls flat and becomes less and less believable as it progresses. And last but not least was the climax. A crazed serial killer who has escaped capture, rigged a massive explosion, set fire to the same building he intends to blow up, then returns to that same building to kill the hero only to be killed himself, defies belief. Add that to a cliff-jumping, high-jumping, track and field heroin, and well… stories have to have some level of believability. And this one isn't. And that's a shame because I like David Baldacci's books. Sadly, not this one.

One last thing unrelated to the story - this audiobook version had a tendency to skip ahead and back. I found that I was on chapter 11 of 18 chapters and suddenly it is over, Somehow the book was finished when I believed there was more to come. When I investigated the additional chapters I seemed I had listened to parts of them but not all. It must be a technical glitch in the file.

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