- 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.
I will most likely not buy anymore of his books.
I love how this author can make me turn the pages and make me "like" characters. It's just I can't take the religion bashing anymore. In this book (like the last) he makes me feel stupid for being a Christian. Like it's an insurance policy that's nothing more than a lark. I AM a Christian so I always get upset during these stories. There are too many other good authors for me to spend my money on one that bashes my religion. (And he really bashes Jews in this book). It is a good story.... Just, personally, 2 books of Christian bashing is enough for me.
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.
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....
I love books!
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.
The performance was so poor I stopped listening after about 30 minutes so I really don't know how to rate the story. Bad performance!
The Templar legacy drew me in right away. I'm a history buff and this is a fun way to learn some history. I almost stopped listening a few times but so many of Steve Berrys other titles and subjects in the series interested me that u didn't want to miss a book or read them out of order. I'm not a huge fan of the Narrator Scott Brick. He's not as talented as other narrators when it comes to different character voices. All in all I'd say this book is not my favourite but it's good in its blend of action and history and worth the read!
Peter G. Osborne
As you may be able to tell from the few reviews I've done, I not a fan of books that reference other books, or TV shows, or movies, or ... I want a book to help me escape from my own world. But referencing some hit TV show from our own pop culture always ruins the mood. I want authors to tell their own stories without leaning on others.
A different plot? A different set of values displayed by the author? Characters that make you want to care about them?
It's like the author went out of his way to write books that explored his own personal prejudices? I suspect he's politically a "progressive", with a burning desire to show Western culture in as bad a light as possible. The first novel in this series was anti-Christian. The second anti-Semitic. With sympathetic Muslim characters in both. Tiresome crap. I wonder if I can return it?
The reader does a tolerable job. Not great. He doesn't have much range in male and female voices, but again, he's tolerable. But he reads with an over-seriousness about such banal crap. And I wish he'd pause a little more between sections. With voices of characters so similar, I found myself not understanding why a character was saying or doing something, only to find out that the reader had moved onto another section without pause, and he was onto a different character. Or is this the editor's job?
The author himself. The story was overly complicated. He's trying to be Dan Brown, but can't seem to keep his own politics out of the story. Of course, Dan Brown also has such stupid over-the-top antagonists. But at least they weren't pulled from the headlines of The New York Times.
I feel bad for trashing this book so completely. But I just began to tire of the whole seriousness of such a preposterous story. Add in the political bashing of the author's pet devils, and I found myself no longer wanting to finish the novel.