The narrator was great, his accents were flawless and the performance was good.
OTOH, for me, most of the book came off as a soap opera. Lots of "character development"
and "personal relationships" stuff and only action in the last hour or so of the book. OK if you like that sort of thing, but I personally prefer more action and less "character development".
Character development is necessary, but should not be central and I felt it was overdone in this book.
So I would rate this a buy if you like soap opera or romance but a "don't buy" if you are an action fan.
Yes, Would want to catch some of the details missed.
It seems to follow the same patterns of the other Ken Follett novels.
No, this is the first performance for my by Mr. Casaletto. I would like to hear more.
Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.
Well worth the listen. A peek into the start of the glory days of commercial aviation with interesting characters, a bit of a mystery to boot.
After listening to the Pillars of the Earth and the Century Trilogy, I was expecting another wonderful Follett experience. Ugh. This one just didn't measure up. Not even close. The plot was something of a cliche...Every passenger about to take an epic journey has a background story. Who are they? Why are they going? What are they afraid of? What are they trying to escape? etc etc. At first I was unhappy with Casaletto's rapid cadence. (I had to check my player to see if it was on the wrong speed.) Later, I was grateful for it.
I had to check several times to make sure this was a Ken Follett book. It is the first I have ever thought of putting down and not picking back up. I think a great deal was the flat tone of the narrator. Hard to stay awake when the voice doesn't modulate much at all. Story was okay. For Follett this is a real downfall in my ratings. It is a book I could have skipped and been very happy for doing so.
This book read like a film noir: a cross between Shirley Temple and Bogie & Bacall. The author spent most of the book setting up the conclusion and through interaction among the characters--it seemed to drag on and I almost put it down. Throughout, the reader was given interesting facts from which a conclusion might be drawn...not so fast, it's not all what it seems. If you like movies from the 1930s, this is the book for you.
Book should be re-titled Technical Specifications of the Boeing 314. As a novel it was pretty terrible with, as others have said, dreary cardboard characters. Most of the writing seemed to have no purpose other than to extend the weight rather the quality of the book.
The narrator offered no help either as it was a dry reading although he did have a lot of characters to cover.
My only complaint is that when the narrator did the female voices he sounded like he stepped out of a monty python sketch. But the book is compelling enough to overlook this.
I actually found myself making excuses to sneak off and listen to one more chapter.
This was a bit disappointing. I have read many of his books and I'm eagerly awaiting the 3rd in his trilogy. However, this one seemed to lack the usual Follett excitement. The story was rather contrived though it could have been very interesting, given the setting of 1939 just as WWII began. I felt like it was more a vehicle to describe Pan American's trans-Atlantic plane and capabilities than to tell a real story of people's lives. Also, the sex scenes seemed ill-placed and not at all important to the story but rather a way to try to keep reader interest. For me, those scenes just made me say, OK, get on with the story.
Yes, because I have enjoyed every other book by Follett. However, if this were the first one I listened to, it would be my last.
I liked reading about the Pan Am Clipper.
His English accents were not at all believable and his reading was not interesting.
If I could only cut one character, I would cut Mark. I think that was his name, the thief who is on the ship under a false passport.
I almost feel that Follett didn't write this book, perhaps he hired an aspiring college student. It is immature and silly.