I read this book only because I am a fan of Robert Harris and felt anyone who wrote Pompei and the books on Cicero couldn't possibly write a bad book that didn't interest me, although I must admit, the little plot
didn't on first and second perusal on the postage stamp review did not appeal to me. It was a sleeper. A good audible read. Great reader, great writer.I'm not going to spoil the plot by saying anything more..............Just adding to the reviews, one of the ways I finally pick a book...a lot of reviews!
And then you can get the movie, of the prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) and his ghostwriter (Ewan McGergor)
I just stumbled across this book and I'm glad I did. The Ghost (or the American title, Ghost Writer) was the Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel of 2008. I appreciate that Audible lists award winners on their page. As I was listening to this book, I couldn't help but think, "why haven't I discovered Robert Harris earlier?" The book is suspenseful, well written and the narration is excellent. For anyone who enjoys a political thriller, where the suspense begins from page one, then you must give this book a listen. The movie was also just released on DVD, and to my excitement, Robert Harris co-wrote the screenplay.
You have to listen to this book. Robert Harris' story and dialog are great, but Roger Rees' reading absolutely makes this book. This is one book that would just not be as good if you read it on paper (or maybe saw the movie). Even though it's a political thriller, I found I didn't have time to laugh because the Brit wit came at you so fast. Absolutely one of my all time favorites.
Ah... how satisfying, a wonderful thriller, thoroughly engaging, well written and the first-rate audio production brings it all to life - Roger Rees is just terrific. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Now what new book can I read that will match this quality... I've been totally spoiled.
I am a fan of Robert Harris and I was not disappointed by the The Ghost which has first person narration and a killer ending. Another British based novel but takes place in the USA. Also try some of his others such as Fatherland and Imperium. The length is great as well.
I really liked this book - one of the few that I made extra time to listen to; I just NEEDED to know what came next. Minus a star for the narrator's attempt at accents, which wobbled a bit. A "female" accent frequently lurched into Scottish mid-sentence, while one American attorney clearly and sadly sounded like Don Corleone. Veddy distracting.
For the most part, this was a good story. Some parts moved slow while other times it just clicked right along.
Most of the plot lines seemed obvious but a couple were "didn't see that coming!"
Other reviewers said they couldn't finish it. By no means would I agree.
This is a nicely nuanced "roman a clef" about a former British prime minister who convinced his country to join forces with the U.S. in the "War on Terror." The novel brings to the fore the accusation that the U.S. and the U.K. may have violated human rights in a way that many believe is a disgrace to the so-called Free World. The book captures the first years of the new millenium perfectly. There are more than a few twists of plot and surprises in the characters. In this and his other novels, Robert Harris has a gift for conveying the human motivations of political leaders and the people who surround them. The narration by Roger Rees is superb.