I enjoyed book one of the series although I resented the manipulative cliffhanger ending. I found the story line here to be weak. New characters were not nearly as well developed as were those in Only Time Will Tell. As a result of the so-so plot, the intended cliffhanger didn't hook me. I won't be reading any more in this series.
I did not think this was as good as the first one but are they ever and part of the reason was the narrator. once again not as good as the first one. But will never bore from listening about Harry Clinton's life. can't wait to read the next one.
Yes, in case I missed something
How it grips the listener
Its difficult to say. I loved the way you could clearly define each character. You knew by the pitch, tone and voice which person you were listening to. It really was well done
No, it was not moving, it was more seductive in the story telling
I did not want to put this book down. Told through the eyes of its main characters -- both the heroes and the villains -- this novel reminded me of the days when I loved to read in order to travel to a different place, time, and even consciousness. A coming of age story including friendships that cross both class and generational lines, it takes us back to the British Isles between wars. Meanwhile, it is also a "family history mystery", in which finding one's future remains inextricably tied to dealing with the buried secrets of those who came before you. I cheered for the heroes and agonized when they were in peril; I likewise remained fascinated by the cleverness, luck, and sheer will of their adversaries. But most of all, I could not stop wondering what would happen next.
The second in the series was much better than the first installment. It was less biography and more story. It built in its direction and suspense. You had a better idea of where the book was going in this installment.
It was more story than biography. The first in the series was slow and gave too much time in building character. This, the second in the series, has story and plot, and so much more to entertain the listener. I rate it much higher than the first.
As the book and story builds, you get a lot of chapters that keep you wanting more information and story about the characters. It is like an unfolding of a good soap opera. there is always a story line that keeps you interested and wanting more.
I dont know about sitting through this whole book (11 hours or so...) in one sitting, but it was interesting enough that every time I got a chance, I listened to more, to get a little more story...
Advice given to me by a friend of mine who read the whole series, was to 'stick with it'...I have, ....and the second book in the series is much better than the first, and I am glad to say, I will continue to read the series. It is all based on the fact that I enjoyed the second book so much more than the first.
Another gripping installment of the Clifton chronicles. I never talk out loud to my audio books but found myself doing so with this one as the plot twisted and turned. Once again I will be immediately be buying the next book so I can find out what happens next to Harry Clifton et al!