Not as well thought out as the Count of Monte Cristo. The characters are likable and the story entertaining. However it seems as though the author ran out of energy, effort or interest in tying together the logistics of a good revenge plan and the legal issues. Not close in quality to The Count.
Absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. The plot and characters were well suited for their parts keeping your intense interest.
This is a great story and well narrated. It keeps you gripping especially during the 2nd part....and i had to sit in my car and listen in at lunch time...and take the long route back home and to work every day.....Worth every minute!
First, I must admit I enjoyed listening to the book. I'm more apt to read non-fiction, and Ilisten to books like this as an escape, a respite, which it was. And at first, I gave it 5 stars. The narration was first rate, I cared for the characters, the plot was easy to follow, and there were several surprises. The author clearly went out of his way to create non-traditional approaches to situations (for instance, finding a new way for Danny to get out of prison early),
I've downgraded my rating now, though, because a nagging problem I had throughout the book -- are these twists actually reasonable? -- grew from a tenuous "well, maaaybeee" ... to something less accepting. The author simply worked too hard to plow new ground.
The book did entertain me and the reading was excellent -- two of the ways I judge an audio book. But I did not learn anything (which I hope to do even in fictional works) and the plot simply didn't hold together after I put the book down.
The bottom line -- the true test for me -- is whether I would recommend this book to friends, and the answer is "no". There is just too much else to be read....
I have never read a Jeffrey Archer novel before, but the reviews of this were so glowing that I could not resist. He weaves a careful tale, with interesting characters. The narrator is amazing. However, the story is just not believable, which is ultimately why I rated low.
What a bore. Unless you want to spend 10 chapters in a make believe English jail don't waste your time. I just feel that this would be a good short story. Revenge... who cares ... more importantly how to get revenge for this book.
This is a really good story, and it's pretty well written. But it's 4 times as long as it should be. A tightening up by an editor would have made this move like a thriller. Quelle dommage!
In my opinion this audiobook is by far the best that I've listened to in my 4 years of listening.
The author puts you in the shoes of the protagonist and I found myself not being able to stop listening into the early hours of the morning.
The reader is excellent with accurate accents and character differentiation. A MUST buy.
Archer at his best! Well written and well read. My husband and I have totally enjoyed this book. So much so that I had to promise not to listen without him (which was a challenge) so that we could finish it together.