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!
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
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 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.
This book is disjointed, rambling and disappointing. The author could have done so much more with it. The characters are flat and not at all endearing. They seem to make cognitive leaps to conclusions that left me scratching my head, wondering just how they got there, based on the information they had. I found myself longing for the book to end. I wasted not 1 but 2 credits on this book, so I made myself finish it. 23 hours of my life I want back! The book's only redeeming quality, in my opinion, was narration which was excellent.
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.
This is a poorly written and even less intelligent, even less implausible "Da Vinci Code." I gamely listened to the whole thing -- I should get a prize. After a while, I found myself marveling at some of the most incredibly mixed metaphors I've ever run across. I wonder whether an editor ever touched the manuscript.
The plot is promising but multiple ocurrences of uncomprehensible and inconsistent beahvior by the characters (alongside a continuosly very irritating "Why is this happenning to me?" whinning by the heroin) ruins it completely.
Save your credits.