This could be a good book...I don't know...I can hardly keep listening to it..but will, since I've paid for it. The narrator uses no intonation or inflection when he speaks. It is hard to tell when one person stops and another starts talking except if it explicitly states it. I'm struggling to finish.....
Very monotone, no intonations. Very hard to feel anything when listening to the book.. I think I may read it to see if its any good.
I really enjoyed the characters, the book and the story itself. The main problem I had was the narration. First of all, it was weird for an "american" story to be told with an English accent. Also, there was no variety of voices between characters and it was really difficult to figure out which character was speaking. The story was such that it needed a strong male voice to make it believable but this narrator sounded much too feminine for it to work. George Guidall would have been a fabulous choice as a narrator and would have make the book much more entertaining and probably have made my rating higher. I am now going to check the narrator carefully on John Gilstrap books so I am not continually frustrated while listening.
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The performance would have been 2 hours shorter with a different narrator. The story was really good. I'll read another by Gilstrap but not narrated by Jeremy Gage.
good plot, but the narration was extremely slow.......it ruined the entire book. I had to listen to it in double speed to try and make up for the long pauses between paragraphs.
The plot was a good one and the story was interesting, however the writing lacked some element to make the story flow smoothly. I was interested enough in the story to keep listening, but found myself bored with what seemed like never ending repetitiveness that served no purpose but to lengthen the book.
For once, I thought an abridged version might have been a better choice. I'll probably try another book from John Gilstrap as I like the characters.
I had to give up on this book/recording. My first disappointment was with the narrator. The voice(s) he used would be fine for children or teens, but it was difficult to put the voice with the commando character or even the college student introduced from the outset. I thought I could get used to it, but I finally had to admit I was not going to be able to tolerate this book. The author's dialog was unrealistic and the characters' actions were equally unlikely. I couldn't decide who I wanted to hit the most ... the commando/battle-hardened hero with the voice of a 12 year old or the college student/victim with the mind of a 5 year old. They both seemed equally foolish and annoying. I wanted to get into the book. I wanted to find something in it that I could like. I didn't find anything. The writing felt amateurish and the narrator's voice just made it worse. If it was just the narrator, I'd consider buying a paperback, which would at least allow me the types of voices I would expect. ButI fear the dialog would have still forced me to abandon it. I have never read any other works by John Gilstrap, so I cannot say this is the exception. Others more familiar with his work will have to testify to that. For me, I am not recommending this particular recording or the book behind it.
This was my first John Gilstrap listen and I will likely listen to other books of his as long as they have a different narrator. The story was great but the narration was painful. The book starts out with a kidnapping of a young college student. Jonathan Graves (our hero) and his team are tasked to rescue the victim. But that's only the beginning of a mystery which involves the kidnap victim, his family, secret weapons and a strange militaristic environmental group. If you think you have things figured out in the first half of the book, the second half of the book shows you how wrong you were as the story is woven carefully in a way that holds your attention well. So, good story with plenty of action. Enjoyable despite the narrator who would be better reading self-help books and not action thrillers.