Before I got this book I read the reviews, first this narrator is just fine I foud this very easy to listen to. The subject matter may challenge your accepted ideas on the Bible, but we learn all the time. The story moves just fine, but maybe a little predictable. I travel often and have between 200 and 300 books on audible to I listen too, this one will be replayed. If you pass it up it is your loss.
The story is excellent, but almost destroyed by a narrator who is a ham, continually emoting and sounding more like the background voice to Disney's Haunted House than a narrator of a modern adventure novel. He tries to put excitement and emotion into simple declaratory sentences, e.g., "I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING!!!". This sort of silliness is painful to listen to. I'll buy a Steve Berry book anytime, but will never buy one narrated by Scott Brick.
Don't buy this book. If science fiction requires good science before it can be good fiction, good religious historical fiction (adding up to a modern mystery) requires a good grasp of both. The author has made so many egregious errors that the book is, essentially, unreadable. Of course, he also makes mistakes in modern places and events.
I almost put it down about a third of the way through, then at the half way mark. I finally finished and, frankly, I should have followed my first instinct.
Again, this book is a disaster.
Steve Berry: Flat characters, impossible plots, questionable dialogue, everything the critics say is pretty much right. But, these books are entertaining and will get you through just about any road trip without too much thinking.
Mr. Berry may never win a Nobel for literature, but he writes a good, quick moving "shoot 'em up" mystery in the style of the old Shadow or Doc Savage dime novels.
Very much enjoy Steve Berry's novels. Love the integration of fact and fiction. Novel is fast passed with lots of twists and turns. At the end of part 2 there is an interview with Steve Berry about the book and also a section discussing which places/events/people were real and which were fictional. Great Book!
I usually only download audio books when I have credits but after listening to The Alexandria Link and finding it such a great story, I can't wait to back track and read The Templar Legacy. I was very sad to hear Robert Ludlum pasted away but I think i've found a new favorite author in Mr. Berry. Cotton is a character that rivals Jason Bourne and Mitch Rapp (vince flynn). Thank you Mr. Berry for your stories, please keep Paul Michael or Scott Brick as your narrators.
I've enjoyed all of Steve Berry's books and this one did not disappoint. Bringing back Cotton Malone was a great idea as he seems to be an interesting character to build around. Good spin on taking a topic that everyone knows about and putting a different story around it. Also enjoyed the narrator who's done many other audible books.
- research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts
I've listened to all the books by Steve Berry and I've always been absolutely thrilled by his stories and his immagination. But this book was unfortunately a total disappointment - I actually had to start it three times. The first two times I gave it up eacht time after about 3 or 4 hours - the story was just too boring and - to my utmost swizz Scott Brick was terrible and made a very bad job. I'm Swiss and so I'm usually quite happy when the reader doesn't speak too fast, but Brick just exaggerated - he sounded like a broken audio tape, his voice ever so whining and drowsy. Well, I gave the book a third chance, hoping the second part will be better, but this wasn't the case.
The idea for the story would have been a good one, but Berry just doens't seem to have found the right kick to transform it into a thrilling adventure and remaind on a not even mediocre level.
I really hope that the Venetian Betrayal will be as good as his earlier books.
A totally plausible and fascinating story concept. It kept my attention throughout. The weaving of three groups of characters operating simultaneously and independently help weave a tightly designed plot with a narrative that flows at a natural yet fast pace.
Without Scott Brick it would've only got 3 stars. The story line itself, the search for the lost library of Alexandria is worthy of writing about. The part about the Old Testament is kind of "out there", but the characters were well thought out and interesting. The action was mostly fast paced. I got lost a few times, but I always caught up. Not one I would choose to re-listen to, but was worth one listen, if only for Brick's performance alone.