Loved the experience of this story, loved the performance, yet couldn't get beyond the idea that the CIA is apparently now the focus of evil in the modern world. (So by extension is the USA?) They murder at will, torture, freely engage in international mayhem just like the old KGB. This is a yarn, very well told, unexpected ending, excellent in every way...except for the premise, which I overlooked in order to enjoy this storyteller's art.
He becomes the protagonist. He is perfect for this part.
No chance of that. Listened to it in the car, to and fro shopping and work. Sometimes at home.
Another great book by Robert Harris. He doesn't disappoint with The Ghost Writer, even at moments when you think the book has lost momentum, it turns out he is just getting started. I have loved Harris' work since Fatherland and he appears to just keep getting better.
I found the plot and narrative of this thriller good and captivating. The author's language and descriptions are, however, quite bland, and the characters are somewhat shallow, cardboard figures. The narrator is entirely disappointing and has a very limited repertoire: four or five characters have the same voice, more or less, and one character (Rycart) comes off sounding like a mix of Irish, Scottish and Russian (which I don't think is the intention). I just find him (the reader) very amateurish. I like Robert Harris' books. I will make sure to steer clear of Roger Rees as narrator in the future.
I struggled to get into this book and finish this book. The book as whole was ok, but I was a little disappointed in the ending.
Harris is a good writer. I've listened to a few of his historical novels and they are quite good. This is an interesting book, but the ending was predictable in some ways. I guessed at it long before it ended, probably the result of having listened to so many conspiracy and suspense thrillers. The author does write great description, but the story could have done with more suspense in the plot. I would like to have seen more in the plot involving Lang's antagonist. The paranoic angle of the story's narrator could have been played up more, too. Also, there is a statement by the story narrator at the beginning that contradicts the ending. If you listen to the story, you'll probably figure it out. The reader has a good voice and is worth listening to. As for plausibility, well, it is a conspiracy fiction novel after all. Try not to get wrapped up in tying it to the real world and you may enjoy it more.
Don't worry if you don't know anything about British politics, because you don't need to know the real-life allusions in order to follow the story or enjoy this book. This story is told in retrospect by a ghostwriter (known as "a ghost") who was hired to work on the memoirs of a well-known politician, and gets drawn in to a conspiracy of silence that has him running for his life. That alone doesn't really sell the book -- it's not that unusual -- but the writing and the pay-off at the end make it much more than it seems on the surface. It is much more subtle than most of this genre would be, and it sneaks up and finishes with more power than would have been expected at the half-way mark. It's not that the earlier parts of the book are bad, just that they're kind of ordinary.....but stick with it - it gets better as it draws to a close.
Roger Rees did an terrific job, and his narration seems perfectly suited to the protagonist.
Um probably not
Maybe, but probably not.
The performance was ok, but it really didn't grab me. I'm not sure if that was because of the writing or because of the narration
Disappointment and anger honestly. This was just one in a line of books that I was disappointed with.