I've read all of the offerings from Preston & Child (the writing team) and now I'm trying to catch up with the offerings they had done as individuals. I found this book to be very interesting and combines the reality of meta data collection and the many mal uses of that information alluded to by other authors and woven into this thriller. I thought it was very good and really wouldn't have changed anything. Great book!!
I loved this book! It was thrilling and I listened to it straight through the first time. A fun, light read. I think the criticisms here have been way too harsh. I've got a B.S. in Computer Science, but I knew this book was FICTION so I didn't expect reality. (For really good non-fiction on AI, read "On Intelligence".)
I thought the writing was perfectly acceptable, the plot really clever, and the characters very well developed. I thought Liza's character was quite touching and I thought the ending was perfect -- although few seem to agree with me on that. I can't think of any other ending I would prefer.
Someone said this was like a cross between "2001" and "War Games". I would agree with that and point out that those were both really fun thrillers as well. Get it and suspend disbelief. You'll enjoy it a lot that way.
A 1,000 ft. skyscraper is about to explode, and there is as much excitement generated as if toast was burning. Maybe the book reads well, but the narration and production is way below par, and spending at least tweny minutes of the story just reading computer numbers is not my idea of time well spent. I just wanted the guy to shut up and get on with the story. Why wouldn't Lincoln Child think of some other way of getting this part of his story across?
I thought that the concept of the story was really good, but its execution was terrible. I constantly found myself annoyed at the author never choosing the obvious. All the characters were well defined and likable, but stupid. I'm all for stretching reality for a good story, but the main characters just ignore any logical conclusions over and over again. The ending was unbelivable and the epilogue - well, give me a break.
Although the narrator has a smooth voice it seemed to me to be nearly monotone.
This story was predictable and ultimately--boring. The character portrayals were clumsy and shallow and the science behind the story was silly. This was the least interesting mystery I've listened to yet.
I enjoyed listening to this book, but I felt the plot was a little predictable. I guessed "who-dun-it" within the first half of the book and was kind of surprised that I was right, since it seemed pretty easy to pick out.