There is some truth woven into this interesting fictional thriller. The characters are easy to relate to. Surprises through out! I couldn't stop listening!
Certainly a different reader would have helped greatly-- this narration features overly emotion-laden female voices and monotoned delivery of the historical backgound,. But the writing is also full of cliches -- stock phrases, match-making Italian grandmothers, tough on the outside but melting on the inside and ready-for-romance female heroines. A painful listening experience.
I love the genre -- thrillers, spy stories, historical fiction -- but it does cause one to seek quality over quantity.
Hire Simone Vance, Daniel Weyman, or any of the other great narrators whose performances make even trashy fiction sound like great art.
The story included a number of clicheed, boring and unnessary figures that stopped the action throughout the novel.
just a Truck Driver with nothing to do but listen to books
if you listened to the first book, then you know what is going to happen in this book. same story different location and people but same plot
I was struggling to finish soon after the death of girl in the pixies shirt (intro). It played but i couldn't tell you how it ended. One of the main characters is a female and John Meagher cant make a reasonable female vocal attempt without sounding like a shy babe playing hide and seek. I have 16 titles so far and this was my first dud.
This is very good! Lots of stuff to sink your teeth into. A couple of plot lines that came together nicely. Interesting ideas and subjects that I'd never heard of before. Highly recommended!
Good listen for a car trip or relaxing pool or beach side. Some interesting plot details. Enjoyed the background cultural information about the Vatican and secret societies interesting. Also enjoyed trying to figure out who was really on whose side. (Can't say more without giving away some plot twist.
Narrator's voice quality sometimes made it difficult to distinguish which character was speaking. Story could have used a little more editing to make it tighter. Feels rushed in some places rather than taut. Perhaps an abridged version would have worked better for me.
Too many close calls and deceptions. Lost interest too many times. I Wouldn't recommend it.