The plot, characters, and narration are great!!! I can only tell you I really enjoyed this story, and am sad the author gave up this genre for mysteries. The story reached out and grabbed me in with the characters. I empathized with their trial and tribulations and actually got emotional at different parts in the story. I highly recommend this book if you are into historical fiction!!!
Great, challenging and believable story that is anchored by a stunning performance by Dick Hill. The 21 hrs never dragged and thankfully I found another of Greg Iles's stories narrated by Dick Hill and was again blown away by the quality. If you like historical fiction you will LOVE this book.
If the main characters weren't so unlikable. Even the "good guys" were jerks.
It never really got interesting.
He wasn't great, but he wasn't really the problem.
It kept me awake in traffic
First book from Audible that I have been disappointed with. I can see why it was on sale.
I struggled with this book, as I really wanted to like it but parts just seemed to drag. Actually had to fast forward through a few chapters just to keep it moving.
Actually took forever to get to the action. the parts of life in the camp did not add anything to this story for me.
I may be in the minority here but I do not enjoy a Dick Hill book anymore. His constantly whiny female voices are killing me. Add that to his uneven tones and volumes I really will avoid his work for awhile
50/50 here. Good premise but dragged a lot and seemed like more more work than fun in the end.
Narrated by the amazing Dick Hill, Black Cross is a long listen, over twenty hours. The story begins with the death of WWII veteran Michael McConnell, who, typical of all war veterans, has never conveyed any details of his service, neither to his wife nor his son. An old companion, aware of these secrets, seeks out McConnell's son, and deems that some amazing heroics and history needs told or forever lost. The book is the narration of Michael McConnell’s horrific tale.
There is latitude taken by the author, as it pertains to point of view and writing technique. The story is supposed to be a documented history, as witnessed by Michael McConnell. Several scenes, most in fact, are such that McConnell cannot and doesn't witness them, the scenes include other ancillary characters and it’s never exactly clear how McConnell could be aware of these instances. For example, conversations between Churchill and his generals while McConnell is working in a lab at Oxford. Scenes that take place between two women in a concentration camp, or between a concentration camp prisoner and an SS agent. How can these events be conveyed without ever having been witnessed by McConnell himself? Much of the story is basically hearsay.
This conundrum aside, the tale is gripping and a sad commentary of the inhumanity inflicted by humans upon each other. Greg Iles thought Black Cross was one of his best efforts … it is, albeit distressing and terribly sad. Although fiction, the basics of the atrocities inflicted by Germany are true.
Excellent narration, of course, by Dick Hill. Well worth the credits.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
I am very interested in the topic. However it feels like a textbook or technical journal rather than a story or work of fiction. I haven't gotten very far, but that says a lot I gobble up books when they're good.
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I really enjoy historical fiction and stories set in Europe around WW2 and the Holocaust are my favourite – just have a look at my book list and you’ll see! Most of the time I find them absorbing but I didn’t love this one; I was just not engaged – can’t say it was a page turner.
It seemed to drone on and it was hard to for me to pay attention throughout the whole book; I lost track of what was going on more than once! The plotting commando-attacks scenes for example dragged on too long and were so jammed with complex minute details that I just faded out. Plus, I don’t particularly care for action-scenes and the entire last quarter of the book was wall-to-wall action. It’s just not for me.
Greg Iles has a reputation for being a great author, so I won’t give up on his other books – my colleague ASSURES me I will LOVE The Devil's Punchbowl; I’ll give it a shot.