This novel is well written, but may leave you feeling a bit disturbed. The characters are certainly interesting, and quite novel, as are the predicaments in which they find themselves. Nevertheless, I feel that the author got a bit lazy at the end, and the book has the feel of a hastily finished work. The ending left me feeling a bit disappointed. I wish there had been more of a twist. I also became a little weary of Dexter's ceaseless lamentations for his absent emotions and missing conscience. You're a sociopath--we get it! Still, the writing flows very well and the sotry is vividly portrayed and well read by Nick Landrum. Worth a listen--as mind-candy if nothing else.
As with Follett's Pillars of the Earth, I really fell in love with the characters in the first installment of this trilogy Fall of Giants. So, I was really worried when Follett said that the sequel, Winter of the World, would deal more with their offspring than the original characters themselves. I was pleasantly surprised to see how masterfully he wove his preceding cast of characters into the tableau with the new set. It was an excellent continuation of the saga.
Some will complain that Follett glosses over many of the aspects and atrocities of WWII, and, indeed, he does little more than dipping the readers' toes into the holocaust. However, as Follet's goal is not education but entertainment, and considering the vast amount of writing that has already been done on the topic, I would say that Follett did an excellent job of protraying the flavor and feel of the age without belaboring facts that are already well known to any semi-educated reader.
All-in-all an excellent listen from an accomplished Author and a wonderful Narrator!
Unless you are listening to the book at full volume, the recording quality issues are tolerable. Every once in awhile, it got on my nerves. The performance, however, was superior. Great narration of a great novel!
This is much more a mystical fantasy novel than it is a
Well read. Wish he would go a little easier on the voices and accents.
Laughed so hard, I peed just a little! I am not a big Samuel L. Jackson fan normally, but he was the perfect person to read this book!
Kind of seemed like the same old story of the Viet Nam war that has been told many times. Incompetent/brutal leadership puts a great bunch of boys in harms way. Repeatedly. Over and over again. And again. Oh, and once more. Got a little old and far-fetched after awhile. I watched the movie Platoon shortly after finishing this, and was struck by the similarities. Platoon, however, told the story in only 120 minutes.
This is, in my opinion, Conroy's finest Novel. Mr. Conroy weaves together so many magnificent tales with so many amazing characters, that you simply do not want the story to end. In this book you will find love, joy, regret, anguish, bleak despair and redemption all intermingled and at war in the lives of Jack McCall and the friends and families of his small town in the low country of South Carolina. I have re-read this book so many times because I simply cannot bear to say goodbye to the characters or their stories when the novel ends. Thank you, Pat Conroy, for writing one of my favorite books of all time! Well worth the credits! Get it!
The novel was sluggish and a bit boring. The author spends a lot of time inside the head of the very flat main character. In a novel with very little action, character development is critical, yet Cumming squanders just about every opportunity his main character has to grow through meaningful relationships with others. There wasn't a single character in the box that was fully flushed out or endearing. Even the "shocking revelation [which] will rock the foundations of politics from London to Moscow" left me saying, "Is that all?" Overall, just a ho-hum of a book. My advice would be to skip this one.
OK, I know I have only myself to blame--but I just have to say that, unless you enjoy REALLY graphic sadism, you are not going to be able to finish this.
Hope this saves you a credit if you don't care for gratuitous cruelty.
The story was a little too far-fetched to be believable and there were far too many serendipitous coincidences for my taste. Use your credits elsewhere unless you are looking for pure mind-candy that you don't really have to focus on.
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