I've read [and re-read] all the books in this series and had thoroughly enjoyed them. With that said, I bought the audio book for a familiar re-read but was more than a little disappointed! The narrator is terrible! His voice is ok I guess but he cannot seem to tell this story at all. The voice and cadence ruin any semblance of the dramatic story the author had created. I was only able to force myself to listen to an hour and a half. I'll go back to my hard copy!
If you wonder why a book I had enjoyed only got 3 stars for story... it's because you really don't "get" the story as read by this guy.
Just about anyone!
My reaction to this audio book was anger, sadness and total disappointment! Had I never read his books before I would have dismissed him as an author completely. Since I'd read these same books in print, I know I can "read" and enjoy them but will never buy an audio book again narrated by Richard Ferrone.
This is one audio book I wish I could get a refund on!
Avid reader/ now listener. Indian. history buff.
Yes , a good listen . Loved it Audible. Narration is excellent. Started reading in Paris now ended listening to it in Delhi Metro. Thanks
The story falls short when characters that he has spent time building up to show how clever and smart they are do absolutely dumb things. I almost didn't finish the last 10 min of the book for this very reason.
So much coincidence in the plot that it borders on fantasy. Such florid prose as to draw attention to itself, and not in a good way (who plops "vertiginous" in the middle of simple description? It fell with an annoying clunk!).
I toughed it out since I had purchased the audiobook, but should have paid more attention to reader reviews before buying. Don't do it!!
This was a predictable, unbelievable, and long running story. The characters were okay, but this is one of those stories that just seem to go on an on. I had to take a break from this one, and I never came back to it.
This is my first book by this author and I have really come to appreciate how he crafts a good story. Just when you think you know what is going on, he brings another surprise.