If the characters were not so 2 dimensional
Just for this author
The characters are completely not believable as actual human beings. Abel is all knowing and has spies everywhere but is unable to tell who is benefactor was? Both Kane and Abel live for their children but are willing to stop talking to them? Why was the woman on the train in Siberia? Closed into a coal hold for an extended period when it was hard to breathe after the first few minutes? I would think he would die of Black Lung Disease before the end of the journey. Is George a fool or a great worker? Henry became a congressman????
I only got through it because I had 18 hours of driving to do. I tried to enjoy it, but realised a few hours in that the writing (and editing) aren't great.
The subject matter and the big picture theme were interesting, but the characters were single dimensional which left the entire book to be boring and predictable.
The best thing to come out of listening to this book is that I now know to avoid Jeffrey archer in the future.
The narration was good and is what kept me in there till the end.
And yet - an enjoyable listen. I was frustrated in part because some things were SO predictable that it spoiled the story. But there is enough detail about Poland the the cruelties of Germany and Russia. AND insights into various immigrants groups and blue blood Americans. So overall I rate it as OK, but not more so. I can't give it a 2.5 stars, so I settled on 3.
I have listened to other Jeffrey Archer books and this one was a disappointment.
Given the reader a reason to want to listen or read more. Story was boring and overly detailed.
I liked the Narrator
I tried but this guy puts me to sleep... Pace is too slow, narration sound like a kiddie book, character voices not bad, but overall terrible. I give up!!! sad! Probably a great story!
Great narrator. I don't know if I had read this that I would have myself invested the same depth to these characters as Jason Culp (although I think the Boston/Kennedy-esque accent for the Kane men was slightly overdone); I think I enjoyed listening to this book the more for that reason. There is a bit too much narration at times for me in Archer's books, but I keep coming back to them anyway, so it can't be that putting me off much. Will read or listen to the sequel, The Prodigal Daughter, just not yet.
Archer "gets" the American way of things and that gives a very authentic feel to the story.
Took a while to get into it, mainly because the narrator sounded so bored and monotone as he was reading. Once you could put the narrator aside the story was as good as I expected after reading the Clifton Chronicles.
Revenge never pays.
This is my first Jason Culp and I loved it.
No, because it was quite lengthy, but good nonetheless.
This was a really good read by Jeffrey Archer. He has a knack for making his characters seem real and keeping me engaged in the story. It was read by Jason Culp who did a superb job.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
The story line is quite unlikely, but it's fiction and fun to take a break from reality and lose yourself in the fictional world of very successful and powerful persons. They can lead fairy tale lives that border on reality but more often than not cross the line into too good or too smart to be real.
The ending revelations can be surprising. But it's possible you will have anticipated them as the story unfolds. You can challenge yourself to do so prior to starting the book.
The power plays and strategic moves are very clever and play a major role in the theme of the book. The characters are well developed and serve as life's role models for those who care about fundamental values. Good deeds and integrity tend to get rewarded. And so they should.