This book starts out great. Then, the plot falls apart. I found myself thinking, "Huh? How can that be." It is almost as if the writer had a great beginning, but he didn't know how to finish the story, so he put a lot of stuff together just to have an ending. The narrator sounds really young, so he is a great Gabe, but that is about all. If this had been my first Finder book, it would probably be my last, but I have listened to his other stuff and it was pretty good, so I'll try again.
I enjoyed this book. My only complaint is the way the narrator voice-acted Gabe & his mother. It's as if both of them were constantly whining or crying even when the situation in the story didn't call for it. Other than that a good listen. However, I enjoyed Paranoia MUCH better.
I have listened to all of Joseph Finder's books to date and find his books and characters an entertaining listen. At first, this one did not disappoint. Although the set up is different this time around, with the hero not a corporate insider, the environments will be familiar to fans of Finder. The narration by Holter Graham was engaging and not distracting in the least.
The only beef I have with this book is the ending. After 8+ hours of intrigue, the ending caught me off guard... and not in a good way.
I've been a fan of Finder for years, and this story does not disappoint. However, he goes in a different direction this time. The normal Finder novel features a reluctant hero who just can't seem to make the right choices. You find yourself, over and over again, saying "Don't open that door! Are you stupid??!!!" This story doesn't follow that formula, but it's just as good. The reveal at the end is a little bit contrived. It would have been nice for some of the information to have come out during the course of the narrative. But it's well worth the time for the listen.
The narrator, Holter Graham, is AMAZING! This is the first story I've listened to that he has narrated, but it won't be the last. Major props for the job that he does with Gabe's character.
Seemed to slow down for me a bit before the end. Has some torture scenes in this book that make you cringe... Not for the squeamish...
Has some good twists... Its ok, not great, thats why I am giving it a three star.
This a a pretty good book, not excellent, but I think my opinion for the book is a bit tainted by the narrator. His voices for Lauren and her son Gabe are terrible. I don't like listening to him and I think it has affected my enjoyment of this book.
I've come to really enjoy Joseph Finder's books - he always captures the language of the industry he is writing about. In this book, however, I think he tries too hard to dazzle us with his insider knowledge of spyware and Special Forces lingo. By the end of the book, I really had lost interest. Too bad, because I usually like his stuff. The one highlight? Good narration.
Joseph Finder is at his best in this exciting thriller. The plot is fast paced and the characters are interesting. I did feel he could have developed the character of the imprisioned father a little more throughly though. The narrator was good except for his voice change when he did the teenage son. That was tough to listen to. It reminded me of someone who talks through their nose and whines while doing so. I would have given this a 5 instead of a 4 if not for this.