The novel begins with an investigation into the relationship between the accidental death of a munitions tycoon and his complex business empire. Gradually it devolves into a sordid potboiler. High finance, double-crossing, prostitution, espionage, s?ances, adultery, drug use, insanity, murder -- this much sensational subject matter ought to produce a ripping tale, not one that numbs the listener with tedious details and irrelevant diversions of plot.
The story becomes more and more confusing with later parts contradicting earlier parts. The ending to the mystery is revealed (not discovered), something of a letdown, and so long in coming that it fails to shock.
All the narrators are excellent though. They are the only reason I gave this two stars.
No. It had overlapping layers in story-line, so I wanted to take more time with it. In addition, I enjoyed looking up some of the historical locations/events mentioned throughout.
This book has everything: espionage; economic ruthlessness; social scandals; pre-WWI national power plays; anarchists; hidden identities; great use of language; great narrators - and completely wastes it all as its increasingly unlikeable characters tediously wind their way to an improbable conclusion. My rule is that if I finish a book, however boring, I do not return it, but you could save yourself the trouble by not buying it.
The ending was a shocker. The story was very well written and well laid out. At times I wondered how these things tied together but in the end it is all wrapped up with a neat bow.
Elizabeth. She seems to be the only one with pure motives.
The one where they are trying to save the bank of England.
Very good book. Well written, well thought out, very well read. Very enjoyable.
The onion like nature of the story, the fact that it touches on everything from espionage to high finance, engineering to journalism, politics and current affairs of Europe alongside descriptions of human nature. The story is tied together so well it is almost an epic. In addition, the way he builds the characters is sophisticated to say the least, you are so drawn into the story. In the end, the fact that what appears to be an obvious red herring and is dismissed earlier on, comes back and hits you like a ton of bricks, I am still getting over that.
A Tolstoyian style. Based on the style of the author to Zoom in and out, it touches on so many aspects of society and life, but still keeps the focus on human nature. The granularity of detail, for instance tiny incidences such as Stone stealthily grabbing a fruit in Venice from a girl is treated with such delicacy as and detail as is given to a high power meetings of British, Russian and French finance ministers.
They draw you in and you can almost see it happening..like watching a movie. I think the lady voices are done strangely in some instances by Simon Vance, though his reading of Stone's thoughts and projecting the personality just drowns any quibbles I may have had with the female voices. There were times in John Lee's narration where it was hard for me to keep track of the characters involved in segments with rapid conversation, but again his performance on other segments more than made up for this. Roy Dotrice was impeccable.
If you are a patient listener who likes attention to detail and enjoys a subject being deal at many levels this may interest you. If you are in it for just the "story", then look elsewhere. This book is like a journey which has to be relished.
Stone's Fall is a well developed story, told in unique style, allowing the reader to 'peel the onion' of the plot with each new narrator. Roy Dotrice, John Lee, and Simon Vance make it all come to life and the result allowed me to get lost in the story, so much so, that I was loathed to have it end. Wonderful audiobook!
Weaving three distinct but related stories, each set in different places and different time periods, but all leading back to the ultimate question, "Would an intelligent, happily married, business mogul kill himself by jumping out a window, or was he murdered?" One of the most surprisingly fascinating parts of the story explores how Stone built his empire, manipulating the government and inventing massive logistics. It actually gave me historical insight and understanding to the period of the robber barons and the men who earned the title. But there are love stories, unforgettable characters, and narrative complexities that make the story well worth listening to.
New Your TImes state that if you liked "In the Name of the Rose," go out and by "Instance of the Fingerpost." If you liked instance, you will surely enjoy this novel. Well crafted, with so many points of detail that come together in the end.
The narrators were wonderful, adding just the correct tone to the character.
Well done Mr. Pears!