I cannot say whether I detest the story or the narrator more. They are both so awful that I quit the book. (Lest you think I'm superficial, I listened for three hours hoping it would get better. It didn't.)
Some other reviewer complained that you are asked to believe the unbelievable in every chapter. I say it's worse. You are asked to listen to really stupid stuff. In one scene a prostitute who meets him for an afternoon cries when he won't continue the relationship. They didn't even have a conversation! It's just deus ex machina for the heck of it. It would never happen and makes no sense even in the context of the book.
And every chapter, every episode has stuff like that. It is AWFUL.
That these two hacks are rich, successful authors makes me despair for the mind and imagination of America.
But, IT GETS WORSE!!
The narrator 'acts', a crime in my opinion, but he 'acts' as if he's Saturday Night Live's 'Master Thespian'. Every voice is a child's impression, silly, trite, distracting. Lots of dopey accents and fake emotion. Worst of all, his idea of the protagonist (lame and poorly drawn as he is) is AWFUL. He sounds like the fifties actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the Superman show. The voice would only start to make sense if Gideon's favorite expletive was "Gosh, Miss Lane!"
Please, do not contribute your money to this contemptible mess. It is an insult to your intelligence and degrades literature. It is a lazy, cynical, money-grubbing bit of exploitation. Don't be taken in.
AWFUL! AWFUL! AWFUL! Even during a long road trip I couldn't stomach this enough to listen to continue it.
If you're expecting Pendergast, then yes you will be disappointed. But, if you want more Eli Glenn from Ice Limit here's your chance. The book isn't bad. It's just different. Perhaps it would be a better listen if Scott Brick had been the narrator.
I love this writing duo, but I was very disapointed with this book. It reads like a bad "B" movie. Gideon is just plain corney.
I have read and recommended most every book these two have written either together or separately, and I was sorely disappointed with this one. Will not be buying a sequel to this series. Boring, nothing new in style or subject. Sorry guys, but will not be recommending this one.
Come on, people! Can't you see this is the beginning of a new, quirky series? The first book lays the foundation so may be less than riveting; but I can see good things coming. The P&C duo won't let us down. Can't wait for installment 2!!
I don't know where to start, this story is so bad. I wish I had read the reviews prior to purchasing this book. I've so enjoyed every other book by Preston & Child and had the same expectations with this new series. Instead, it's a superficial tale, even silly, with a barely likable main character.
Not without a careful reading of the reviews.
Geez, where do I begin. His voice just didn't match with an early 30's Gideon Crew. The dialogue, however, made it a tough task. The words put into the mouths of the characters by the authors sounded anything but contemporary.
The first scene through the last.
A really, really disappointing new character and story.
This was a horrible book that I find difficult to believe was written by experienced authors. Add the abominable narration and the booked was a waste of a credit. The story was far fetched and glib and the narration was practically robotic. This is the first audio book that I couldn't force myself to finish it was so bad.
I just couldn't develop any sympathy or connection with the main character: Gideon Crew. Too many times I found myself saying, "So what?" I think the premise has some promise, but book just seemed flat.
Sure. They have a great track record.
The book was acted, not simply narrated.
I know there are follow books, but I think I will spend my money elsewhere.
I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln child's Relic series and Agent Pendergrass, which is why I tried this.
It was very slow. I was bored listening to it as it unfolded so slowly.
I don't know. I thought John Glover was good at doing several voices, but his tendency to warble from time to time, change registers dramatically, was not enjoyable for me.
None that I can think of.
The character of Gideon is not as interesting as those created by Preston and Child in the past.