What an absolute treat! These books are sort of the literary equivalent of the NFL Pro Bowl, MLB and NBA All Star Games all rolled into one. For those who commented that the pacing was a bit uneven, I did not find that so...and who cares, anyway?! When those special all-star days roll around every year they may not yield the year's greatest game, but given the thrill of watching your future Hall Of Fame players on the big stage in their prime...who cares?! We might not get absolute perfection with these books, but they're still fantastic listens and so unique that it's easy to overlook minor imperfections. Having loved "Chopin", I was so excited to get my ears around a sequel that I sort of "sped-listened"; the first time through. I'm going to go right back and savor a second go. Molina is spot-on again. He's just a wonderful reader and the perfect choice for this project. With an all-star game, though it's only an exhibition, one gets a sense that the players really relish getting to team up with the very best at what they do. Here's hoping that these great authors are having as much fun doing these very unique projects as it appears, and that they'll keep these wonderful books coming!
After three chapters I actually forgot what I was listening to. Usually, I do my workouts while listening to books and today I got half-way through the run while listening to this book and realized I wasn't listening. Pacing is poor and I think the different authors are trying to be too clever or at least confusing it with being complex. Go back and pick a classic like Buchan's "39 Steps" and skip this silliness.
The most unabashed piece of garbage I have ever tried to listen to. After six hours, I could still not have cared less about any of the characters or the outcome of the supposed plot. If I could give it a zero star, I would.
i was dissapointed as this one just didn't grab me like the last one. there is a brilliant chapter or two (the 'twins race' as the best.) molina is still superb as the narrator.
Once you start, you won't want to stop. The pace is great. I only listen in time limited increments. I couldn't wait to get back to the book. Highly recommended.
The story began well enough, then got more and more twisted. This can be good in some stories but in this one it was irritating. When an author finished their chapter they frequently ended it with something ridiculous for the next one to try to pick up and make something of. Characters when killed came back from the dead; impossible situations were evaded with ease. The end with its many "thank goodness the book is over" events, dragged. I was happy to finish it.
Having recently listened to Steig Larsen's books, i can simply say that this is not in the same league.
I know its quite challenging for multiple authors to write a single novel. I think this is probably the root cause of the issue - The focus of the story keeps changing, and is like watching a bad bollywood movie.
If you are like me and got the book after the first chapter (which is the only chapter that's good) - you will surely be disappointed.
The narration is not all that great - and even I found an error in narration (He mentions heavy metal, instead of heavy water) - I think he was into headbanging possibly.
I tried, really I did, but I wish I didnt use a credit for this one, Cant get past Chapter 3.