Yes, for both however not because of this book.
Yes, he is prolific and I have heard good things about some of his books.
I am partial to him because of his acting. He does the main character well.
Nothing really. Ahh at the end.
I bought this on sale, I would recommend it if it is on sale.
Perhaps it is the best at least most enjoyable.
The narrator was the best I've heard. I also liked the sounds of the train etc. before each chapter.
The story was OK but definitely not what I expected from David Baldacci. I'm a big fan of this author so I was a bid disappointed. It seemed to lack the intensity that his other books have. It bordered on being more of a romance novel and in that case it could have used a bit more romance.
Always - have loved all of his other books and this one was not that bad.
Matheson is awesome. I have a hearing deficit and his voice comes through very clearly making it an easy listen for me.
Maybe if there was a little more romance (not sex but rather times of flirtations and affection). Richard Gere and Julia Roberts would be great in the movie.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
"The Christmas Train" is the first of four books I've bought to try and read myself into the Christmas spirit. It didn't go so well.
The start of the book was so sickly sweet, I thought it might raise my blood sugar enough to push me over into type two diabetes. I persisted because it's a Christmas book and a certain amount of schmaltz was to be expected and I hoped things would get better when the book go into its stride.
The book never got into its stride. It stumbled along from scene to scene, clumsily structured and underwritten.
David Baldacci seemed to be trying to do some kind of homage to Mark Twain but ended up simply emphasizing the gap between Twain's storytelling ability and his own.
I could have forgiven the cardboard characters in the supporting cast and the inept attempts at some kind of magical realism, and the over-long info-dumps and pro-Amtrack propaganda that sat in this under-cooked Christmas Pudding of a book, as indigestible as a sixpence, if only the main character, Tom Langdon had been worth caring about. Instead I got an implausible, inconsistent, cipher of a man who, it seemed to me, was a self-absorbed, immature, manipulative, prankster who didn't seem up to the task of being the romantic lead.
The book is narrated by Tim Matheson. He did the dialogue reasonably well but the prose dragged him down with its mediocrity no matter how much seasonal cheer he tried to inject.
The only thing that made it worth trudging through the slush of this book for seven hours were the insights into the, to my European eyes, peculiar attitude of Americans to passenger trains. I use trains for long journeys all the time. These days, the high-speed, high-tech trains are a viable competitor to planes for many business trips, yet here they were presented as a dying anachronism. Still, given how bad the rest of the book was, I'm not sure I can rely on this information.
This was my first David Baldacci book. I assume, as the book cover declares him to be a "Number One International Bestselling Author", they can't all be this bad but my experience of "The Christmas Train" doesn't encourage me to find out.
This selection is one of my favorites at Christmas, it a holiday story with twist and turns as fun and exciting as the rails the book is written about!!! Love it!
I love combining two favorite hobbies of reading (listening) to books while sewing quilts & baby blankets!
Loved the Amtrak setting & story line. The characters are well developed & the characters' past stories are integrated nicely.
I got this book based on reviews. I was looking for a nice book to listen to on a long drive over the holidays. It was awful! I made it through, but it was torture. The story was lame and the characters were not interesting. I wish I had quit after the first chapter.