While I enjoy Steve Berry's writing, I must agree with other reviewers about the poor voice given to this work. Scott Brick reads each sentence in the same dramatic tone. Whether Cotton is in the middle of an intense shoot-out or if he simply remarks on the weather, the narrator embodies the sentence with the same weight. One wonders whether Brick bothered to read the book at all, even as he reads it to us.
This is my first, and last, Steve Berry novel.
I was half-way through a chapter and literally shouted-out "who cares".
Endless droning about Napoleon. Erratic jumps in time-line, characters, and location.
The narration didn't help much either.
Sorry, not my cup of tea. I wish I had read the reviews before buying this.
Steve Berry has a great basic story to tell:a modern day action mystery based on some famous historical people and events.However his endless repetition of descriptions and character motivations made the novel very long and tedious and my mind wandered while waiting for the repitions to end and the action or clues to continue.The narrator does not differentiate much between the characters and I was often not sure who was meant to be speaking.A good editor should have deleted the repetition and suggested some deeper character development then the book would be truly a blockbuster
This is my first Berry novel, and overall, I was disappointed. I didn't hate the book, but wouldn't recommend it either.
The beginning is quite slow; and the end feels abrupt and unsatisfying. The long and protracted development of the female "villain's" character and diabolical scheme comes to a sudden and unrealistic anti-climax. After hours and hours of nebulous theorizing and planning, the whole thing comes apart in a way that she should have planned for. Unsatisfying.
I also did not like the narrator, especially in the beginning - however it didn't bother me too much after some time. Jumping back-and-forth between characters and locations so often, in third-person, was also off-putting.
I did finish it, so it's not terrible; just not great either.
A long long time listener to audiobooks, who appreciates good writing.
Perhaps the book is OK, but the narration is terrible. A total waste of money. I should have been more careful.
I thought it was ok, and got used to the narrator. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but rounded down because of higher expectations.
this book was action packed from the get-go. Really enjoyed it. Downloaded another book to my kindle by Steve Berry, just so I could enjoy reading more from him.
He just destroyed this book.I had started this book at my daughters house and didn't get to the end.I bought this audio version and boy am I disapointed! Its the only book I just couldn;t suffer through.The reader Whines and sounds sarcastic all the time ! Everyone sounds the same so it sounds like hes talking to his self most of the time.What a waste of a good book,so buy the actual book,this was really bad !!
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.
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If Scott Brick (the narrator) were to read this review, every banal word of it would be laden with high drama, full of pregnant, ill-placed pauses. Inane sentences, such as this one, would be saturated with false doom. If I were to write something poignant you'll miss it because Brick reads everything as a Greek tragedy.
I gave the book 5 stars to compensate the author in my small way. His reputedly great story has been aurally massacred. For audiophiles, that's a very sad thing.