I liked this one, again. Not that I didn't like the last one I reviewed, I just didn't like how the characters changed. But, now they are back close to normal.
The story is interesting, even though the author keeps repeating the entire story, which slows it down a bit. The narrator is no Dick Hill, but once you get used to the new voices, it goes well.
I don't like the new President, but, I don't think I'm supposed to.
Charlie is becoming a whiny little boy. He was always a superhero (kind of unbelievable, but it's fiction). Now, not to give it away, his self-reflection is silly. He's supposed to be a grown man, and a warrior, with a gentle side, not a teenager who doesn't know life.
The other thing is, why are they making all the women leave him? As a woman, it wouldn't bother me if that strong lady cop, had been strong enough to deal with his life. But, not only does she flake out on him, he just lets her. She's supposed to be the love of his life, come on Charlie, be a man.
Okay, it's different for James Rollins. He does like history and science, and then to go beyond the bounds. In this one, he goes far afield. I like the idea of vampire priests, the speculation of alternative histories. The story is interesting, and always kept me guessing. It had many surprises, twists, and turns. It is the beginning of a new series, with new characters. They are well developed and likable.
Christian Baskous does a good job with voices and accents. He makes the story believable, and makes it move.
I am already listening to the next one, and hope there are more.
There were three narrators before Mr. Baskous, each had their own strengths. I have not yet finished this story, but I like the tying together of the stories. I love Mr. Rollins history, science-fiction, and story. I like that Mr. Baskous just reads the book, not trying to do voices or accents. I am enjoying this story and can't wait for more.
Paris goes back and forth in time, instead of the straight timeline of Rutherford's other books. Still, it is a beautiful story. Jean Gilpin read beautifully and performed the voices and accents flawlessly.
As always I was entranced. Before Paris, I had read most of Rutherford's books, listening was a new experience. An experience I enjoyed so much, I bought another Audible Rutherford book.
An interesting fable, a tale of how Genghis might have come to be. I don't know the history of this era, so I can't vouch for it's authenticity. But, I liked the story, and believed it while listening. I also wanted it to go further, and document the part of Khan's life we do know about.
First, George Guidall is one of my favorite readers.
Second, Daniel Silva has created a believable character, believable dialogue, and relatively believable adventures. I mean, they are spy stories, they aren't supposed to be totally believable.
Third, Daniel Silva presents a small bit of information about classical painters, their styles, and their histories. One book features a painting by Mary Cassatt. Of course that painting is a figment of Silva's imagination. But, as described, it could be a Cassatt.
Lastly, Gabriel is a wonderful character. He is not a young man, he has years of experience. He has a history that reflects in everything he does. I want to know this man, and his friends. I want to spend time with them.
Because I listen at work, while I do my graphic illustrations (not creative), one book takes about a day to listen to. I can't wait to get to the next one. I have listened to all the Silva books available on Audible, and am eagerly awaiting more.
I thought I could get this series in order, but between Audible not having all volumes, and the randomness of the volumes, that's impossible.
The premise is wonderful, a West Virginia town transplanted to 1633 Germany, during the 30 years war. You can't follow it in order, because the 30 years war was so fragmented, you study the Pope, Germany, Sweden, etc. all separately, there isn't a lot of continuity.
The characters are well done. The history, I don't know, I haven't really studied it. The suppositions are very interesting, and well done.
George Guidall is my second favorite narrator, and he does a great job keeping accents and characters straight, and helping me move with the story.
I'd heard good things about this series, and was prepared to enjoy it. Of course, I mistakenly started the series with the second book, but was a little bored at first. Then it caught my interest, and I had a hard time turning it off.
Allon is a different kind of hero, an art restorer/Mossad agent/widower. He's also older, in this book he admits to being 50. The book moves from one place to another, one adventure to another, quietly.
I'm currently listening to the first book and enjoying it immensely. I look forward to the rest.
I judge all narrators by Scott Brick. John Lee is good, his voice is pleasing, his accents acceptable to an American who doesn't know accents. He has the right amount of expression to keep me interested.
I read book one and loved it. Brian Nishi set a mood and a tone. Then I got here, and the mood and tone are gone. I'm not even as interested in the story, because the softness and grace are gone.
John Rain is an interesting character, talented, smart, tough, middle-aged, and thoughtful. The stories take nice unexpected turns, but I never get lost. I always know what is going on. And, even though the names are mostly Japanese, I can always keep the characters straight.
Barry Eisler has created a character worth listening to.
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