The idea of building a story with a team of star thriller writers sounds great. But when I listened, I felt confused as each author introduced new characters and new threads which seemed unrelated to the previous parts of the story.
It did all come together in the end. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I listened to this as a serial rather than in one go.
I have not listened to other books by these authors. I have only read their books
He is a good actor.
It was ok. But there are better books out there.
All the writers who collaborated here are favorites of mine, so I was looking forward to hearing this book. I have listened to collaborations before and this was not quite as good as I had expected given the caliber of the authors.
As others have noted, the different chapters were somewhat disjointed and did not give a seamless flow. The book required careful concentration to read, but overall was entertaining.
Alfred Molina's narration was topnotch. I am a big fan of his.
My primary complaint about this book--and this is strictly a personal preference--is that there are sound effects and music scattered throughout. In addition, the story is interrupted to announce the author of each chapter.
I find music and effects to be jarring and the author announcements distracting. I have Asperger's so perhaps it is just an idiosyncracy. I don't recall other reviewers mentioning this aspect of the book. I myself would not have purchased this book in audioform had I been aware of this in advance.
knowing ahead of time that each chapter was written by a different offer and the sort of work that it took to pick up from one person's writing and add your own was a wonderful experience for the listener it made it all the more wonderful.
Just an old guy. Long ago did a few things ... retired from USAF, taught, married, kids. Now I paint, write, read, compose music, listen.
The voice of each writer demonstrated wondrous talent, and the turns of plot impressed me as plausible and interesting, but a certain discontinuity irritated me throughout nonetheless. To me, the story suffered from this flaw, despite an outstanding performance by Alfred Molina, so I rated it accordingly. I would gladly purchase more of similar joint efforts, but perhaps with less diversity among the authors' voices.
Avid reader since age three/four when I learned to spell on that wonderful new game, Scrabble.
A smooth storyline transition from chapter to chapter with the 'voice' of the book staying true to the characters throughout. I'd like to see another collaboration from this crew! The classical manuscript was a stellar vehicle to propel the story. Kudos to a group of my favorite authors!
More like the Choppy Manuscript. I kept listening, wondering if this train wreck could be averted. I hope this helter skelter approach does not become a trend. Better these writers just get together, have a few drinks and go home and each write something worth the reader's time.
The only saving grace that allowed me to keep listening, that and that I was in the middle of a sewing project and didn't want to lose my stitches, was Alfred Molina's reading. Will look up his narrations before I would search out any of the writers.
All, see above.
Character development folks? There was too little too late and too slight to care about anyone.
the story and performance were very good. lots of twists and turns. i didn't really hear the writers styles, but was wasn't familiar with most of them. Jack Reacher did not jump put at the end and kill everyone.