I enjoyed this book very much. A new twist on the medical field. The story was filled with twists and turns and a great ending. A super story to listen to while snowed in.
I only finished this book because I hate to leave a book unfinished, but it really wasn't good. While I have no problem with implausible fiction - it is, after all, fiction - I do
like things to make sense within the context of the story being told. Suffice it to say this doesn't happen in this book. And the narration was terrible. As noted by others, the narrator's voice frequently drops off at the end of a sentence, making it hard to find an acceptable listening volume. And the terrible voices, especially the Southern accents. Painful to listen to and very distracting.
Never again! Still can't believe I actually endured this book. Narration is terrible - strange pauses and incorrect use of punctuation. But in essence the author is at fault. Such an inplausible story - it just drags on and on and on. Didn't bond with any of the characters. Am still upset that I didn't just give up on this book. Can't relate to any of the 'glowing reviews'. Sorry, but I died a few silent deaths listening to this book.
love to read, love to listen
It was a good story, but I actually think this time I have to give props most for the performance. Dick Hill really makes it all come alive.
Whenever the assassin was in a scene, it was very creepy. He was a really scary man.
He changes voices to suit all the characters and even with a female protagonist, it never sounds corny.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Filled with sentiment, action and mystery this one will hold your attention. My wife and I listened to it at the same time, and it appealed to both of us. The protagonist is a female FBI agent with dogged determination. She has to compete with some clever criminals as well as overcome the incompetencies of one of her own bosses within her own agency. This puts her in a gray area where she has to do most of the detective work without the support of the FBI. She also chooses to bend the rules a bit and become a rogue agent when time and other circumstances begin to choke her progress.
This book would benefit from the addition of a female narrator. Dick Hill does an OK performance, but his attempts to sound like a female fall well short of the mark. When he tries to cry out or sound like a female in distress, it would be best if all, I say all neighborhood dogs are out of ear shot.
I struggled for a few minutes, trying to decide if I should give the story 3 stars or 4. It's really more like 3 1/2. Couldn't decide so I gave "Story"- 3 stars and "Overall"- 4.
The plot had some fascinating, and truly terrifying qualities. DEFINITELY not for folks who've been effected by cancer! CRIKEY. Iles has a devious streak!
As for the characters - they had just enough oomph to keep you interested in what happened to them- not quite enough to care about them, though. Mostly You'll just be rooting for the villains' downfall.
Speaking of the antagonists- be prepared for stereotypes. There was very little that was realistic- or original- about the "bad guys." It was unfortunate that the villains' rants came across as political smearing- it wasn't subtle, and really distracted from the story. Fortunately there were only a few truly eye-rolling moments and the stereotypes were silly enough that they're easy to dismiss.
As for Dick Hill- he's an adequate narrator, but having listened to him enough times, I've come to the conclusion that he only has four voices. Male- manly. Male- snobby. Female, and female- whiny. They're all southern. Don't expect much more than that.
I am a retired Wealth Manager,husband, father and Christian grandfather. I hunt, I fish, I play, I read.
Really holds your attention from beginning to end. Penn Cage is a great character.
So are wall the others
Wow! Wow! Wow!
I liked the way the story came together. The twists and turns had me gasping.
I liked the heroine's character best.
If you thought the stories you've heard were evil, then you haven't heard of true evil yet.
Disturbing Premise with real world concern
Not on the edge but a good read none the less
This was a good book, my only issue with it was I felt like I have heard this story before, the premise was well rounded but did not provide enough differentiation to allow it to stand on its own as unique. Dick Hill does a great job as usual, worth a credit but only if you have read all the good ones that have come before this.