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Characters are well defined and the story is a roller coaster. I have always been impressed with Mr. Meltzer's writing. He melds fiction and history into a tight story with great characters. He did it again in The First Counsel.
I must do a special shout out for Mr. Meltzer's honest and accurate portrayal of a person with intellectual disabilities (ID). Even though this character was not a main focus of the story, he still developed the character as a real person and not a caricature. I have worked with people with ID for over twenty years and I get so angry at authors in both literature and television that have characters with ID appear either completely evil or hapless and helpless. Mr. Meltzer added a character who is a full person who happens to be ID. Thank you!
I found it frustrating when the reader lowered his voice for emphasis I could not hear him.I was driving this is not good
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The storyline is good and enough twists in it to make it a good listen but the reader....
I listened to this through the end hoping it would get better, but was very dissapointed. The plot is implausible at best, the characters are generally dislikeable and the author often fails to build the proper foundation to make their actions believeable. Very shallow writing with a thin, unlikely, and predictable plot.
First Council contains many insights into the workings of the executive branch. Questions of trust intermixed with interesting plot turns permeate the book. It kept my interest!
I like this book! I'm sure Brad Meltzer likely takes some liberties with life working in the White House. However, you get a good feel for what it might be like to work there. While the audio is long (14 hours), I was interested and always wanted to see what happens next. There were a few moments when the dialog got choppy and hard to follow but I chalked it up to fast talking between characters. (Remember, a few moments out of 14 hours.) I did not like the ending but a couple of my friends who have read the book said the ending "makes sense". I actually liked the narration although some of the reviews on this site make me wonder if I need to go back and listen again. To close, I give it 4 stars. Good story! Good dialog! Great setting! Better then ok narration.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but Scott Brick's narration drove me crazy. He would whisper some lines and then start shouting. I listen to the books while driving and was constantly adjusting the volume. A more consistent narration would have made this a great book.
I finally just finished The First Counsel and am forever grateful to be finally out. The charactors in the book are all the same in mannerisms and speach. You could make a drinking game out of the repeated phrases such as "Are you insane?" or "Don't lie to me." You can't help be be frustrated with the sheer stupidity of all the charactors and it didn't help that the narrarator made everyone sound angry all the time. I had read another book by the author and was disappointed with that one as well. If you want a good book where the charactors are smart and the story a little too real at times, try Vince Flynn. He has 5 books in all that are part of a series but unfortunaltly audible doesn't have the first two but I started my husband out on the third and he was able to pick up the story with no problem what-so-ever. If you like it too, join me in requesting audible get the first two books for downloading.
I think I'm being generous giving it one star. I'm finally to the last CD. It's a very tedious read. The narrator was too over-dramatic for me. At times, he spoke so softly I couldn't hear him. Other times I am turning down the volume because he is screaming.
It seems the author managed to get a very in-depth tour of the White House and built a novel around it. It seems much of the tedium comes from the fact that he devotes too much time to inventing scenes so that he can incorporate every stop on his White House tour.
The characters in the book were simply unbelieveable. Nora was such a flake. Michael, too stupid for his own good. The dialogue was just plain awful.
This was my first Brad Meltzer novel and will be my last.