This very thoughtful, compelling, and ironic book is definitely Littell. I have enjoyed all his other audiobooks, but there is an added depth and substance to this novel. The author weaves intricately between the past, and the present in a unique and interesting manner.
The folks that didn't like it, didn't 'get' it or were looking for excitement. While this book is well read by Scott Brick, and keeps ones interest, it isn't filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense that so many others have. Still, it is unusual, imaginative, and worth the read.
Not even Scott Bricks excellent narrative skills can save this one. NOT Ludlum...unbelievable; skin and flesh melting off bodies, pointlessly horrific.
A fabulous book...well written, absorbing, great character development, and mirrors history...one could believe it is non-fiction. My only comment to other readers is that if you buy it to listen to in the car, it may be too complex to absorb if your drive is in anything but light traffic or straight road.
The story was very compelling. I found myself looking forward to my commute so I could listen to more of the story. It was exciting and absorbed my interest, making the drive fly by.
Having said that, I think there was a lot of military and governmental security stuff that maybe didn't have enough explanation for my knowledge base. For example, why was it a good thing to have a private military fighter school in existence? I had issues with the believability of the story. I can't say it couldn't happen for sure, I just like to believe such a cluster-something couldn't happen.
The other thing is the narrator. He was okay, but was mostly just reading the story. I had trouble transitioning from what one character was saying to the next character. But I was totally spoiled by the narrative team in the Ender Saga, and the narrator of the Da Vinci Code, so this guy has some stiff competition in my mind.
Lots of interesting ideas, but I stumbled over all the religious crap about 3/4 way through, and couldn't finish it. Seems to me I read this book years ago, and enjoyed it, but maybe I wasn't so appalled by dogmatism back then. At this point in life, my proclivities tend toward gagging over these (old) religious ideologies.
My drives flew by, and I found it hard to stop listening. Wonderful story, great narration.
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