Don't let the title fool you into thinking this is one of those "forced-to-fight-in-the-ring-of-death" schlock sagas. The match here involves love matches made by a super computer that delivers on the company guarantee that for those who qualify, they will find you you the love of your life. The perfect match. Guaranteed. That's multi-million -make that billion - dollar product, but for a select few, the perfect match has turned suspiciously fatal, threatening the company as well as an unknown number of its blissfuly satisfied but unknowing clients.
It's well-read and suspenseful, but marred by a single major malfeasance in an unnecessary sideline to the main story involving actions by a parole board. The characters simply did not act within the wide wide range of even remotely likely conduct, and their rationale for that conduct rang so untrue as to leave that one nagging complaint to an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable listen.
While the basic plot idea is interesting and would make a great short story, this long book was alternately boring and interesting. In any case, however, I would much rather read this book than listen to it. There are long strings of information -- lots of 9 digit numbers, names of tests, etc. that one would skim over in a book. When it's being read to you, however, that's not possible. There were times I wanted to scream. Lincoln Child is much better when he coauthors with Douglas Preston.
I think Preston and Child work better as a team. I can't say that their individual efforts have been better than average. That includes this one. Some interesting ideas and good research went into this book. However the ending is predictable and has been done before. It's entertaining, just not as much fun as their combined efforts. Which by the way we need more of on Audible!
The narrator. I love Lincoln Child but the narrator was horrible!
YES but not if this narrator reads it.
Scott Brick, Dick Hill, Rene Auberjonois or David Colacci. Take your pick.
Don't know could not get past 1 hour and 15 minutes of this narrator
Thank goodness we can return a book!!!!
I have read most of Child's books as well as his books co-authored by Preston. This one was just OK. Not overly well written and lacked suspense. Without giving away the ending - I knew what would happen half way through the book. Not his best work.
Not his best work.
The plot was interesting and unpredictable, but the narrator's voice was so irritating it was hard to listen to the book!
This book contains sections related to ink blot testing and computer look ups and the technical results. While it may be fine to see on a printed page, to hear rows of numbers read to you are pretty meaningless and can be irritating. I travel a lot and love audio books when I'm driving. I found this book to be dull.
I'm not going to say that it all makes perfectly good sense, but it is entertaining throughout. When I tried to describe the plot to friends, it seemed like a silly book, but I listen to relax, workout, fall asleep, and do chores around the house, so don't want or need anything too complicated.
the narrator doesn't use any inflection to distinguish between characters. this makes it hard to know who is actually speaking when there is dialogue going on. the book itself is lacking in suspense and literary excitement.