This is truly truly an amazing amazing roller coaster of a story that tugs at you in different directions. In a way it is a continuation of Black Cross but stands on its own. There are quite a few characters and it takes a little bit of time to know who is who but once you do....you are spun into an amazing web that just keeps going and going. You never really know what is going to happen as there are a number of twists and turns that keep you engaged. I highly highly recommend this book.
Close to the top.
Not sure if I can compare it to another. I enjoy long books with a detailed plot.
Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. He has a great timbre and quite a varied range.
Waiting for more from Greg Iles. Have enjoyed not only the Phoenix book but the Black Cross book as well.
I can't figure out which was worse in this book, the accents of the narrator or the violence. In either case it is very rare for me to take this long to get through an audio book, much less be considering not even finishing it. The story is too convoluted. The characters are not interesting to the point that you care about them and want to see what happens to them, as often happens in a good mystery or thriller. And it isn't that I mind violence in a story, but in this case it is too much for too many different reasons and the thought behind why it happens became absurd in some cases.
So you get the point that I'm not enjoying this book. Often when I read an audio book (and I read a lot of them) I try to think about whether or not I would have enjoyed the story more or less if reading it in print instead. In this case I honestly think that it could have been a much better book if it weren't for how dreadful the performance is. I have read other books by the same narrator and didn't find anything amiss with them. This one was just awful.The accents he was using were harsh, inconsistent and largely sounded fake. Sorry, this one is a no for me. Now I have to go figure out if I'm going to bother finishing it or move on to another one. So much for my anticipated WWII history review lesson for this year.
I tend to read Science Fiction and Fantasy regarding wizards, warlocks and magic. I need to change it up and found this book.
I thought the book was well done, the story flowed well and did not linger.
Plausible, I guess not given what we know now about the survivors of WWII, but the book does put an interesting spin on the Hess mystery.
The book is fast paced, and the narrator does a great job, every once and awhile he slips up on the German accented voices and the English accents, but not annoying.
I enjoyed that the characters were not purely good and evil except for of course one character I will not mention.
Given when this book was written the funny passage about chaos in the work if Gas reached $98 a barrel was pretty funny given the price today.
If you like to read about fantasy and a different take on post WW2 history this one is worth the money.
Moved to Park City Utah from Los Angeles. I use my iPod constantly listening to stories. There are 850 entries in My Library. It keeps my mind busy while I do the busy-work of my life. I particularly like murder mysteries, which gives grave concern to my husband, but it does keep him in line.
I got lost in this story more than once. It is convoluted and there are a LOT of characters. That said it was engrossing and the presentation was excellent. It had to be good to get through that many hours of the same story. I still didn't want to leave these people after it was all over. I recommend it.
Iles is one of my favorite authors. Listening to Spandau Phoenix after all these years was a real treat. The narrator does a fantastic job, considering that he had to change accents rapidly---German, American, British, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Russian, South African...whew! Great job!
What an amazing plot this one was! Very detailed yet very large in scope. This book really did capture my attention and I literally did nothing but sit and listen. The only downside at all is the narration. There are times when Mr. Hill is spot on and nails it, then there are the times I wanted to scream! When he does the whinny female voice I want to strangle myself. I found that to be very distracting from the story. That however is the only downside. I fancy myself a WWII buff, as well as having spent (so far) 30 years in one field written about here. It was hard to believe it was written way back in 93. I'm starting Black Cross now...my 4th Iles book. It's good to find a good, solid author again. I got so burned out on the cookie cutter thriller type books that I took a chance on Blood Memory, and was very glad I did. Mr. Iles seems to have an excellant grasp of humanity, from the best we are to the worst.
Drivel. Very low brow. Badly written and badly read; everyone speaks bad English with a foreign accent. Gave up after 2 hours.
The story was interesting enough, but the narrator was most tiresome. I hope he returns to his day job, whatever it is! The accents were terrible, Hitler constantly sounded as if he was about to burst his blood vessels. The British accent, which seems to come easily to most Americans, was unrecognizable. And, the Indian accent...!!! Sounded nothing like even a parody of accents! This is the only book I have listened to at double the speed. Pity the author!