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If you are looking for a staight story about a pirate expedition then this is the book for you. But if you are looking for Captain Jack Sparrow, you will be disappointed........
I downloaded this story because it sounded intriquing. I like pirate stories but was unaware this one was supposedly based on a real
The narrator did a good job giving the story some life and made it more interesting. I think I would have become bored with it as a regular book and perhaps not finished it.
I have not listened to any of his other narrations but overall I did like him.
no....there is nowhere for the story to go.
Great characters and detailed, engaging plot of pirate intrigue and a seemingly impossible heist. "Love" interest later in story is improbable and a bit sappy, making the hero/villain/babe ending rather predictable, but the main action is top notch. Speaker reads well, especially varied accents, but could use more dramatic phrasing and tone in the suspenseful parts.
This is a good novel, but since Crichton died before it was published, it seems obvious to me that he hadn't quite finished writing and editing it. Many of the characters feel like their story is mostly left unwritten. All in all, I liked the book but it was obvious Crichton had much more to write.
I read somewhere they found this unfinished under his bed after he died. I can believe that. It's a good decent read. But not as good as I've come to expect from him.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The overall plot is a great swashbuckling tale with most of the book fast paced. You can tell at times this was writting by multiple authors, without colaboration to the end. Some may have been there, but there is a disjointedness at times. I think if you removed the otherworldly elements it would be a very consistant story, or if you enhanced them and reduced the historical referances it would also be enhanced. But, I do think overall it was a fun read and not a waste of money.
I really enjoyed this book and kept finding myself lookinf for excuses to do something where I would be able to listen to an audio book.
I think this must have been a first draft that they dug out from Crichton's desk after he passed away. Shallow characters, weak plot, and unpolished writing. I love Crichton, but this was awful.
It is a truly dismal when as fine a writer as crichton drops down to barely readable. Granted this is an enormous change from most of his previous science fiction based work. But it is nonetheless shocking that he can produce a novel so distinctly inferior to previous work. There is a little originality here and there, but much of this book falls into the category of naval fiction, in which many other writers have distinguished themselves to a far greater degree. This book wasn't so bad that I stopped listening to it, but if someone had told me ten years ago that this is where michael crichton would have ended up, I wouldn't have believed them.
I wanted to be entertained and I was. It was fast paced and actually kind of fun to listen to. It was outlandish in places but I was not expecting something factual. I probably would have given it 3.75 stars instead of 4 but all in all... good listen.
This is not a story for anyone looking for romance, or deep concepts. It is a little slow to start but very fast paced once it gets going, and is full of action and just pirate stuff. Give it a shot.