- 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.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
My main reason for the low rating is --- the authors form of writing! He jumps from one happening to the next seemingly like it's a new chapter or event! This made it seem as though I missed something or WHAT HAPPENED.... I found the book very hard to follow....
The reader Mr. Brick was at his usual best!
I did NOT finish it....
Cotton Malone rocks!
Too many to choose
Scott Brick at his best.Very consistent and definitely makes the book.
Hope Scott Brick continues with other novels.Having been an audible book fan for years, I can definitely say the narrator is just as important as the book.When the two are congruent, the result is a masterpiece that can't be put down!Other narrators that I highly recommend that comes immediate to mind includes Peter Jay Fernandez and Johanna Parker.
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.
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I enjoy Steve Berry's books, they aren't the greatest books ever written but they are entertaining. What I enjoy most is the historical perspective he brings to his books, he takes a look at times and situations you might not think about otherwise. I'm sure I'll listen to some more.
Steve Berry has been putting together continent-spanning, history-spinning stories for a while now, and The Alexandria Link is no exception. The book is a work of fiction, and the author takes some pains in a note at the end to underscore what all is based on his research and what is pure fabrication. Given the highly sensitive nature of some of the subject matter, I'm wondering if his enumeration is too little, too late.
The parts that tickled me most were:
1. The fate of the world hinging on a library.
2. Twin scenes of unadulterated wish fulfilment for anyone who has ever been divorced.
3. Comments in the author interview at the end indicating we'll see even more of Cotton and his friends in future books.
I quite enjoyed this outing with Cotton, Stephanie, Henrik & Casseopeia, and look forward to more in the future.
Great character development, intrigue and suspense. Typical Berry style that I have always loved. Well researched- to a point. However, much of what is treated as fact with regard to the integrity of the Bible is far from what most theologians would be able to stomach. Libraries of well- documented sources were completely ignored. And too much credence placed on an obscure author from whom Berry built much of the storyline. Instead of being enjoyable, it was a tedious read.I'm not sure that I will waste time or money on another Steve Berry book after this one.
The story would have been more believable if he had stayed closer to fact. The nonsense about the disconnect of the scriptures from the truth was too much to handle.
No. Let it die.
i preferred the audio version because i didn't have to put it down. the story was so intriguing i found myself listening almost non-stop to the end!
the suspense of finding the library and the characters was amazing. Steve Berry did i great job giving enough detail to keep you hooked, but not enough to
i personally love to listen to Scott Brick. he reads well, the speed and inflection helps the story along. i am glad he does the remainder of the series.
a few points made me laugh. on the whole the story made me think a lot about conspiracy theories and the main-stream histories we are all taught. Steve Berry did a wonderful job intertwining history and current events.
I have listened to five of Steve Berry's books, unfortunately I didn't find this one up to the level of the others. Scott has a sound reading performance, but the material was not as good as lets say the Paris Vendetta or my favorite the Charlemagne Pursuit. If this is your first book by Steve, I'd start with another.
It's OK, but no Baldacci. Some good "action" scenes, but could have been edited down a little more.