The story line is wonderful, the people and places descriptions were colorful, I especially loved the wonderful historical bits as those bits completely entranced me. The narration, however nearly grated me into a turned off listener with his repetitive singsong redition. Only the story content urged me to finish the story. I will not be a willing listener to this narrator in the future.
A sustained tour de force of hackneyed descriptive prose. Not quite "It was a dark and stormy night...", but pretty close.
Why would anyone give a way the ending at the beginning of the book? Instead of peaking someone's interest the author takes away from the climax of a great chase. If you do not listen to the prelude and just start at Chapter One you will find this a very good book.
it would have if the author did not give it away in the prelude
His speed and intonation are awesome, but is lessened by his inability to assign separate voices to characters.
Yes, I only listen when I am in my car and found myself listening in the garage after parking the car.
I had serious misgivings about wasting money on what has been described to me as a "guy's writer". But, during a sale I decided to try this book of Cussler's, which appeared to have a traditional mystery plot with a historical context. I was really ready to admit my misgivings when the mystery was solved, the perp caught, and it was what I thought was the end of the book. It was an interesting concept. Then it went off track, seeming to change modes, dwelling at great length on the San Francisco earthquake for some unknown reason, seemed filled with corny lines and situations (coming up to his "love", whom he had seen all of a few times, while she was tending to the mangled and dying earthquake victims, with the line "can you help me? My arm is gone"). After that, it was a tedious plunge into the dynamics of railroad trains, and a silent movie-seeming implausibe and unbearably corny ending. I stand by my first impression--shallow characters, corney relationships, and lots of "man-stuff"--not deep
I found this book interesting? I finished this book in record time with my ipod, If you like intrigue and action in a historic sense and time you will like this book,
Now I know what that term means! The first half of the book was tolerable, but the second half became cliche after cliche. I expected Guy Noire to show up at every turn. I'm so happy I got this book for cheap, it would have been a waste of a good credit.
anyone but him
I will be more careful to choose books with a less boring/irritating reader
I wanted to like this book if, for no other reason, than it's narrated by Scott Brick.. but I found myself speeding up the narration towards the end to "just get it over with". There are some interesting aspects to the story, and most of the characters are wonderfully brought to life, however, the positive parts are overshadowed by a hero who is unrealistically lucky and able to make inexplicable leaps to the correct conclusions. An occasional coincidence or miracle in a story is fine, but when overused, turn a potentially great story into a boring one.