Riveting plotlines, well written and exceptionally read. I have sat in my car listening prior to appointments and in my driveway at home waiting for the next twist. I love this one. I'm nearing the end of the title and plan on searching out this reader for some more. Good one, this. Fires on all cylinders.
Because it certainly felt like one. I enjoyed the premise of the book, but couldn't get into it. After investing several hours in the book, I discovered that the characters were still being developed. Most of them have code names, making it very difficult to follow scenes. In addition to name confusion, multiple story lines are happening concurrently. Ahhh! I'm sure it's a great book as the ratings have been phenominal. Too frustrating to listen to. Be prepared to focus! Felt too much like studying to me.
Few narrators can ruin a good novel better than Scott Brick can. Brick has absolutely no range of character voices and to hear his condescending, angry tone for 40 hours is more than I can bear. Why authors of great books like Up Country and The Company allow him to read their works is beyond me.
I cannot add anything new to the many 5-star reviews already published here. As a huge fan of audio books, I must comment, however, on the unbearably horrible reading by the usually-terrific Scott Brick. What happened, Mr. Brick? Was it all just too long for you? I realize that only a student of the Russian language could be expected to wade through the tongue-twists of Russian pronunciation. That you couldn't handle "Lomonosov," "Novodevichy," or "Peredlkino" is both understandable and forgivable. But your ridiculous "daka" for "dacha" over and over and over again is simply mystifying. Wasn't there anyone to set you straight? Here's an offer you can't refuse: next time you need to read some Russian, get in touch with me and I will give you a 15-minute briefing FOR FREE! Hoping to hear from you one day.--MamaLana
Unfortunately, the reader's volume goes softer and louder to a degree that is beyond the comfortable decibel range in a car. If I turn the volume up so I can understand the quiet words, then the louder words are painful to listen to. After about 40 minutes, we gave up. Do not have a clue what the novel is about.