Yes, Jeffrey Archer's books are a tad predictable but they are always entertaining and the characters appealing. I have been listening to Archer's books for years and have always enjoyed the mellow and melodious British speech of his regular reader. I must say, as much as I enjoyed the story, this reader's accents were AWFUL! They were inconsistant, inaccurate and somehow all colored with the same very Irish-sounding "R".
My first experience with the author. Despite the fact it was predictable for me, however; I listened to the very last word. Generally enjoyable
The book was marvelous. It had a little bit of everything suspense, education, mystery...just enough to keep you at the edge waiting for the next chapter to unfold. Without giving away to the ending, I didn't want to go on thinking that all that was worked for went down the tubes, but what a GREAT ending!
I really enjoyed this book, but it lacked a lot of heart and the story was a little predictable. To its creadit the story moves well and does have a satisfiying ending.
The plot is reasonable but I've definitely read better. It starts off a little slow but it picks up half way through and maintains a decent suspense through out the rest of the book. The reader does an OK job, his accents aren't perfect but good enough.
I have always enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's books, until now. The plot in this one is rather thin, the accents are bad, and the FBI agents come across as slow and stupid. The main character is smarter than the FBI agents. I made it through the whole book, but his others are much better.
I enjoyed this book and found it an enjoyable listen from start to finish. The whole 9/11 aspect of the plot could have been left out, as it really had nothing to do with the plot (everyone knew she was alive all along it seems, except her close family), but the rest of the story was intriguing. Like all good mysteries there were a few interesting twists. This isn't a book where you have to listen to every word so it's a good audiobook to listen to while you are doing other things. I thought the narration was pretty good too.
Audiobook. I’ve been a fan of Jeffrey Archer for years, long before the popularity of the audiobook. My first exposure being Kane & Abel in paperback format, and I was engrossed in absolutely wonderful story. Considering that Kane & Abel was one of Archer’s very earliest books, I’m wondering if he’s beginning to burn out. Briefly, False Impression centers around the ownership, stealing, and recovery of a valuable Van Gogh painting. It begins with a hair raising escape from the north tower of the World Trade Center in 2001, but has nothing to do with the terrorism involved. The inclusion of this horrific event seemed almost gratuitous. There are no typical Archer twists, no surprises. Simply a well outlined plot and the author moves through his story in a predictable fashion.
Given that this review is of the audiobook, a few comments about the narration are warranted. A few of the voices are well done. Lady Arabella, in particular, is very nice. Most of the male voices are distinctive and recognizable throughout the book. However, Anna, the lead character, is atrocious and difficult to listen to, as her accent simply seemed … wrong. Given the necessary dialogue of this character, I had some trouble staying with the story without frowning on occasion. False Impression is narrated by Byron Jennings
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I can’t say this was my favourite Jeffrey Archer book, he has so many better ones to offer so I wouldn’t particularly recommend this one.
It wasn’t bad – just not one of his best, yet I have to say that it did serve its purpose which was to give me a distracting break before getting back to another longer more tedious book that I am determined to finish!
Although I didn’t enjoy it that much, overall I am still a Jeffrey Archer fan – like I’ve said about him in the past: he is usually dependably entertaining.
Maybe it was the story, or maybe it was the reader, but this wasn't one of my favorites. The reader's delivery was a bit stilted, and I agree with the other reviewers who noticed that the Romanian characters sounded a bit Irish! I noticed that too. (I confess I'm a bit spoiled after listening to great readers like John Lee!)
I was intrigued by the 9-11 angle to this story...the idea that the protagonist would escape the towers and be presumed dead. But the bad guy figured out early on that she was alive, so that angle never panned out. Most of the plot twists were predictable. Can't really recommend this one.