I like Meltzer's books, I just don't love them. They come so close to having something special and fall just short. I do find that I enjoy them more when I just read them and put my own twist to the material, although Brick does a good job in his narration.
This is another one of those that if you have a credit you need to spend, it isn't a horrible choice. Just don't expect to be wowed.
It's Later Than You Think!
I really liked the story. It was original and kept you interested.
However, the editing leaves a lot to be desired.
There are way too many chapters. . . many chapters end on a cliffhanger, a cheap device reminiscent of the early radio shows that leave you wanting for more for next weeks show, but annoying and inappropriate for an audio format.
I almost stopped listening early on because one of the early chapters exploring the main characters background was so excruciatingly slow, I could not stand it. I stopped and started several times before I got through the chapter.
As I said it's a great story, some good editing could shorten up the story without losing anything (except an hour of wasted listening).
What I liked most about this book was how it took an established story (Cain & Abel) and used the ambiguity that we often see in the bible to weave a wonderful and very believable tale about the Mark of Cain. Being christian, I was intrigued with how Brad was going to spin the story and I was happy to see that he did his research and penned a story that is based on a lot of truths and wove in just the right amount of creative license. A very good read and one I would recommend.
I have not finished this book yet - I'm about 4 hours and 32 chapters in and, already, I hate this book.
I read about it in Wizard magazine; I'm a big comic geek. It sounded interesting.
I hated the DaVinci Code and this is worse than that; rather its a bad knock-off. The metaphors are weak or reaching or both. The symbolic imagery is over-played. The dialog is preachy & monology; very unnatural. It is not unlike some of the denser over-explaining dialog in comic books; but comics have the excuse of needing to tell the entire story with pictures and dialog (many modern comics don't use much narration). This book has no such excuse.
Also, comics often avoid using swear words - which is fine - but they generally don't put in juvenile substitutions like "effing". Swear or don't, but don't use elementary euphemisms.
The reading is actually pretty good, however. The accents are good and he while he doesn't do many different voices, there aren't any annoying or jarring ones. The book is bad enough that even a good reading doesn't make it better, but since I'm finishing the book out of morbid curiosity and/or the fact that I'm cheap enough that if I spend a credit, I want my money's worth, at least I don't have the added annoyance of a poor reading.
Very interest plot and references stood out when I was browsing the audios. And, for good reason. The narrator, Scott Brick, does an excellent job of keeping you tuned into the works of Brad Meltzer. Brick was really the key to making this work.
Although I enjoyed the audio and it did make me stop and ponder at times, there were still some plot holes and even the end...... Let me just say, it should have ended before California.
While this book and author both got great reviews, etc. and I am a fan of Scott Brick, this story just did not grab me until 2 hours before the end. The sub-plot, once gotten to, was interesting enough to carry the entire book had it been presented sooner.
This is a phenomenal reading by Scott, as always. Unfortunately, the quality of the story is less so. The writing is bland and the story feels strained and unbelievable.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
This book was fine. I really could not enjoy it because of the overly melodramatic reading by Scott Brick. i will not download any more books that Brick reads. He just tries too hard. Someone should tell him that sometimes less is more.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but a NY Times Bestseller should deliver more than this. I know it's fantasy, but at every new plot twist, I could not help but think that Meltzer was stretching my suspension of disbelief just a bit too far. Too many impossible coincidences; too much reaching for historical significance; too little development of suspense through foreshadowing and description. Too many underdeveloped characters dropped in from the sky to fulfill yet another quirky requirement of an overloaded plot.
I think I'll go listen to The Da Vinci Code again.