A very interesting book with a great character portrayal by Scott Brick. It only got more interesting the deeper I went. Who thought an intrigue book about the National Archives could be so much fun!!!
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I never imagined such an intriguing story coming from the setting of the National Archives. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. The narration was just as excellent. I hope Mr. Meltzer is working on a sequel, because I saw one written in the last chapter, and I can't wait to listen to it. Five stars!
I don't typically review books but some of the silly gushing reviews of this one compelled me to chime in. I am not sure that this is a terrible book, as many reviewers have reacted, but what I am sure about is that this Scott Brick narrator (of whom many listeners seem to be a fan) turns the principal character into such a whiner and hand wringer that the story just disintegrates around that. The guy could make a hang nail sound like a death in the family. Skip this one.
If you like dialogue where people are hard of hearing "wait, say that again" or refuse to pay attention to each other, and will argue that what they have just found out is what is really important and not the other guys discovery, you will love this book. I was intrigued with the History Channel's show in which Mr. Meltzer told the foundational story of the original spy ring. I was sadly left wanting by the book. On the other hand Scott Brick's performance was incredible! I sense he had a great time doing the narration. Mr. Brick's performance is animated as well as passionate. Truly the only reason I bothered to finish the book (other then I had paid for it) was Mr. Brick's performance. My opinion boils down to that I did not enjoy the literary strategy and techniques that Mr. Meltzer employed. I did get a kick out of the notion that a 72 year-old, blind in one eye guy did drives a blue mustang.
The characters were quite predictable albeit likeable. I hope Brad Meltzer returns to the writing found in his earlier books. This one just didn't make me happy.
I kept waiting for this one to get good and it never did. The plot was weak and the narrator made it worse, I think. Every sentence was spoken with suspense, but there wasn't anything suspensful. Just a weird boring plot. Wasn't the worst book I've ever listened to, but I wouldn't recommend it.
I found the idea of historical materials from the national archives being necessary for solving a modern presidential mystery very interesting. Even after my husband listened to the book and gave it a thumbs down, I was willing to assume his occasional bad taste was getting in the way. :) Too bad he was right on.
Too many unnecessary suspenseful twists that lead nowhere, no resolution for some of the characters and situations that actually WERE interesting, weak secret for all the intrigue, and lame main character. I want to read about Iris and how her life has probably gotten much more interesting since she dumped Beecher.