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Where does Rules of Engagement rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was definitely among my top listens and I have listened to it more than once.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Anyone who loves good British mystery , excellent character development, and a cracking good story, should enjoy this book very much. Well worth the download.
What about John Lee’s performance did you like?
I always enjoy John Lee. He does not over dramatize his readings but manages to differentiate between the characters and is quite pleasant to listen to.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I suppose I expected a lot more from the book. There were sections that held my attention.
I guess I'm just not very fond of the fantasy superman detective. This detective that can throw a punch and not get his shirt wrinkled, inexplicably foresee what will always happen next, etc. I like a more human detective, one that is a bit more human and fallible. I can follow the fallible detective's thought patterns more. Sir John, our detective, was just too perfect.
The mystery was a bit so-so and obvious.. but, the author attempted to throw in a twist at the end, but it just didn't "follow". The entire story was rather trite and choppy, for my liking. There didn't seem to be much originality. The historic portrayal of Animal Magnitism though, was portrayed accurately for the period. So, I'd give the author kudos for research.
The narrator had moments of brilliance, but alas, Sir John was played very condescendingly and arrogantly. This may be how the character was written, but I just didn't like it. Other characters' voices were played well though. His meter was just a bit too fast for my liking as well. I struggled to keep up with him at times.
This book is obviously part of a series. This being the only one to which I've listened, may have also colored my inability to bond with the characters. I'd have much rather started at the beginning of the series.
I'd say that if this book were given to me, it might be worth it. However, if this is a typical representation of the entire series, I'd give it a miss if it cost me anything.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful