I am not at all sure why I put this book on my wish list. I finished it with a cheer as it was so obvious a plot, the characters so predictable, and the writing so turgid. Oh yes, I remember why I chose t a for it is narrated by Michael Kitchen. He is a great actor but even he cannot bring much to like in this work
"Boring novel, good speaker."
Robert Goddard; Never! 20 hour with minimal activeness is 19 hours to long. After 4 hours I could not longer stand it and give it up.
But the speaker is very good to listen to. I recommend him-
A book from the series "The modern scholar".
Most szens are awful boring. There are no interesting characters in the novel.
Mayby for hard Robert-Goddard-friends to read or to hear. But my complete vedict is: Don`t buy it. There are a lot more interesting novels by audible.
Among the top5
Sir James davenall
Although a bit slow to start, once I had got past the first chapter, this story had me lurching from believing that the main character was who he claimed to be to disbelieving, then back to believing and so on all the way through. The inevitable twists in Goddard work were so brilliant in this tale.....I was continually trying to work out the ending which was of course completely un-envisagable and the only way to conclude such a drama. Michael Kitchens narration is also extremely well done.....I would recommend this book as an excellent read.
"Reasonable but not spectacular"
Yes. It ranks as my lighter reading in that it is more about the plot than the ultimate quality of the writing.
I thought the ending a little clumsy.
"Loved this book!!!"
This book had so many twists and turns and I could never seem to make up my mind if I loved the main characters or really disliked them. The plot was brilliant and the writing sublime. The reader, Michael Kitchen, was exceptional.
"A page turner"
Narrator does drunken toffs brilliantly.
The closing chapter describing how the "hero" feels about himself and his background.
I haven't listened to Michael Kitchen's readings previously - will certainly keep an eye out for other readings.
Can't say too much here without giving the story away. Robert Goddard's description of the hero's view of himself is poignant.
I think Robert Goddard stories can be a bit hit and miss. This one though was thoroughly enjoyable.
"slow and monotonous"
The narraters voice was the same for almost all of the characters,so it was hard to know who was speaking,I found it very hard to follow and got fed up half way through