I might be able to rate the book higher if it had a better narrator. The story itself is mediocore and narrator amplifies the mediocrity.
Really? 15 authors for one story. I can't believe I wasted my money on a story that continually fights to stay on message.
While a few of the chapters were well written, I believe the concept fails for the exact reason that it was conceived - a group of writers writing one story.
The book just had too many cooks in the kitchen.
I stopped 2/3 of the way through this. There are too many characters and names that appear briefly, disappear, and then reappear later, creating confusion. There was not enough story to justify the effort needed to keep things straight. Maybe this would be OK in print but it is not good in audio.
You can tell this book is written by many authors as it seems to ramble with no central plot. I was disappointed - but it was not the worst book I have purchased!
I think the idea to have bunch of authors work together for a thriller is a good one. The trouble is, they have to work in a coordinated way. This novel starts very nicely, but a lot of the plots and figures that seem to be important at the very beginning were destroyed unexpected in the middle (e.g., the FBI agent) and the ending seems just too artificial.
Why are so many good books read with such a thick foreign or regional accent? I find it impossible to listen to. What is it supposed to add, "couleur locale"?
I admit I did not listen to the sample before buying...
Carla van de Schoot
When I read the first chapter I thought it might be promising, with so many good authors I was interested to see the result of their combined work. As I listened, each chapter sounded more like an essay from high school student’s standardized test; like "read this chapter and continue the story." The plot was totally lost as each author, instead of working together to weave a complex story, took the characters and went their own way. This is more a collection of one chapter short stories than a whole book. If you want to listen to a story like this, I have a few homework assignments I could read to you, save your money!