I absolutely loved this book! Not only was it action packed, but the characters were well developed, and the structure was perfect. The plot was so creative and I love that it spanned both the globe and centuries. The use of historical figures and events was great! I'll be recommending this book to friends, for sure!
I greatly enjoyed listening to the book. The plot line and pace kept me "glued" to the audible app for hours. Even though it may not be historically precise I did not mind hearing all the well known names from the 18-19th century. I like mysteries and historical fiction. This book has exceeded my expectations!!
I absolutely love this book. Katherine Neville has created a masterpiece of epic proportions: Action, humor, intrigue, politics, mystical mysteries, science, romance, historical re-imagining and one hell of a good ride. This may the best book I have ever read (and listened to)!
A clear plan for the book.
No terrible given what had to work with.
Half to two-thirds of the content.
Every popular historical figure that you can haul out? Really? Not a credit to the genre.
I guess I was expecting more of a good historical history, and what I got was a harlequin romance. Characters were one dimensional, and the plot was not well thought out and too twisted and irrational to be enjoyable. It was somewhat tolerable (even though the author threw in every historical figure she could think of, whether it made sense or not) until the plot got to the 'tongues intertwining' when I knew I'd really been duped into a big waste of time. We also get the inclusion of the "philosopher's stone" which really capped it off for me - it was almost like the author decided to include every hackneyed plot device possible, and ended up with a mishmash that I really wish I hadn't downloaded. Susan Denaker did do a good job with what she had to work with, however.
Didn't Grab me, entertain. Maybe I'm getting picky but there is so much better out there and I'm not wasting anymore time on it.
There is quite a bit of suspense in this story, but the huge amount of characters need full attention. The overdone accents used in most of the reading make it doubly difficult to listen to and keep up with.
This book was my all time favorite book I read it twice, 14yrs ago, and was thrilled when I found it on Audio. If you have read this book DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS. I have gotten other books that I have read and loved, Dune, Talisman and enjoyed them. But this audio does not do the book justice, the narartor was just not up to the task of translating the complexity of this book. Oh and the 2nd review..The sequel "The Fire" same nararator...same waste of credits,and waste of time. I can't believe I listened to the whole audio, kept waitting for it to redeem it self and sadly it never did...I expected so much more
This is actually the first book I've met that would really have been helped by being abridged. I think they would have removed a great deal of the chess stuff and it would have ended up being a better story for it. As it ended up, it could have been any items so all the endless chess storyline was really not necessary to the story and incredibly boring to people who don't like chess.
I really like this books summary, and I enjoyed how the audioboom began, but it became confusing and muddled in the middle and I lost interest. I may go back and try again, but it is not what I would call a clear cut winner, try a different one if you have more choices.