To be fair to this book, I had just finished Woud's "War and Remembrance" and so there are very few books that could even come close to the power. However, my opinion doesn't change when I think of it relative to some other fiction (historical fiction) I've read. It's an OK story. It's well told and it takes place (at least in part) in a part of the world (Bulgaria) with which I am less familiar. But it didn't really grip me. When it ended, I had to listen to the last two chapters again to be sure I hadn't spaced out and missed anything. It's the first Furst novel I've read and I'm not rushing to add others. I do like Guidall in general.
If the story flowed better. It seemed very jagged. So much time took describing things that the story just didn't move.
George is fantastic
I couldn't even keep track.
The first book (out of about 80) I just couldn't finish.
Consultant, Church Elder, Kiwanian
First Audible product that I have not enjoyed. Also the first I could not finish.
Dry, convoluted, long-winded, inexorbly boring. Over rated at 1 star.
From word 1 you keep waiting for something to happen. Then it does, you either turn it off or fall asleep. The literary equivalent of watching paint dry. Same effect as over-medicating on prozac! That's part 1; never stuck around for parts 2 & 3
If you do not mind a slow and sentimental spy novel this may be for you. It was very well written, but the action was hours apart. Less twists and intrigue than is usual in the genre. But how attached i got to a couple of the characters and a very satisfying ending made it worth it for me.
on the trail
I found this story laborious and boring at times. The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, and his French pronunciations were excellent. There was too much minutiae in this story for me so I can't recommend it as a thriller. It's more of a long, drawn out saga.