Had great expectations of this nove. Feel the first mistake was the choice of a narrator who did not do a good job in changing character voices, after a while everyone sounds the same. Without sounding chauvinistic I feel a male would be a better choice. Also there is a lot of irrelevant rhetoric that lends nothing to the story. This could have been a very intriging novel with the proper elements.
I listen to books on my morning walks and I found myself cheating and listening even if I was not walking. I will definitely look for more from these people.
this was a poor clive cussler wannabee; one of the characters said early on "this isn't a clancy novel". although the narrator was good, the constant boris and natasha voices made me wonder when rocky and bullwinkle would appear
This was my first Iris Johanson novel. My son got to read a NY Times Best-Seller for his high school English class and I decided to see what one of those books was all about and listened to it as he read the print version.
I found the plot line fairly predictable once a new character was introduced to thicken the plot. It was entertaining enough but I found the reader to be extremely annoying. I think because it was a woman voicing the dialogue that was overwhelmingly men. Not only that but I found the accents to be rather fakey. However, the most important annoying thing, by far, was that Hannah Bryson was read to be rather fluffy and overly "feminine." I wanted to hear her as strong and cerebral; an analytical problem solver. All I heard was this wimpy, breathy voice. It made me crazy to have to listen to it (and in my mind, I kept putting the stong female voice to it after I heard the words in that "wimpy woman" voice). Even SIL Kathy was voiced to be a stronger, less wispy, voice than Hannah!
Of all that books that I've listened to, this was the only one that was annoying because of the reader-- and was the only one that I 1) considered just quitting 2/3 of the way through and 2) that I was very happy to have DONE.