This novel lacks pace and is really disappointing.I am a Scott Brick fan but even he is unable to breathe life into this plodder. I grow weary of story lines which take 5 hours to develop and even then fail to deliver on their promise of intrigue.
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If you like international thrillers based on historical mysteries then you'll like this book.
The story itself looks like it has lots of potential for a good book. However, I had to stop listening to the audio after about an hour because I could just not stand the Narrator's rendition. Every character even if in a different accent had the same tone. It was hard to distinguish when different characters were speaking. Sorry Mr. Berry. The story line seemed interesting enough that I might actually buy the hard copy but Mr. Brick is not doing justice to you.
I have always enjoyed Scott Brick as a Narrator.
The narration has odd pauses, strange (and inaccurate) foreign inflections and inappropriate emphasis throughout the book. I will continue to listen as the plot and the writing itself is interesting. But the odd narration allows only short periods of listening enjoyment.
I must agree with the other reviewers. Scott Brick's narration was awful, alternating between laughable, distracting, and annoying. I needed to turn the book off a number of times b/c I was concentrating on the narration style as oppposed to the storyline. I've often listened to other books he has narrated and never found him to be THIS aggravating. He's now on my do-not-buy narrator list with Barbara Rosenberg who sounds like she's smoking and eating peanut butter sandwiches while reading.
It has never occurred to me to try to get my money back but this narration is intolerable. I am going to delete the book from my library and write to audible to ask for a refund. I am going to be so careful from now on not to listen to anything read by Scott Brick. Anyone considering this book should listen to a preview. He can't do accents, he can't do women, it is impossible to keep the characters straight. It is like listening to a really bad preacher, that sort of whiny tone. .
I really enjoy Steve Berry's books. However, I find the narrator's style of reading distracting and often off-putting. I just would like him to read the book and not interject so many voice inflections and poor attempts at accents. The story stands strongly on its own. It just doesn't need the affectations of the narrator. And, I know he is a popular narrator, he just has never worked for me.
This is the first time I have been completely driven from an Audible Book by the narrator. The "dripping tonal nuances" became just too much. I should have heeded the warnings of other readers.
Perhaps the worst read book I have ever heard - at least for the first part. I gave up on both the narrator and the story after that
I have listened to about 1 hour of this book and could bear it no longer. The story is old, the language is hackneyed, and the reader, oh the reader...dull, dull, dull. Can't think of a reason to give it even one star.