I am halfway and that is probably as far as I will go.
If you are really interested in Chinese dynasties then this will interest you.
If you expect a thriller, then you will be sorely disappointed. I fell asleep twice listening to this.
It opened up great, but soon droned on and on and on about Chines history.
This was my first and last Steve Berry book.
Good opening that got the interests raised, but then there is just hour after hour of fluff that adds nothing to the arc. If the author would have dropped a crumb of a clue to the direction the story is going, but it is mostly a monologue about how stupid the protagonist is...
No thank you.
This is adventure in its purest form. If you are looking for enless battles look somewhere else. This journey takes you from a boy "discarded" by his father to an order of warriors to a man that experience everything from bitter training to war to love.
There is only the semblance of magic in the adventure, but it does not detract from an excelently told tale.
Steven Brand's performance of the work never detracted from the actual story that unfolds and was very easy on the ear without being boring.
I don't easily give high praise, but this book does deserve it and I am looking forward to listening to the next installment and I will look for other books performed by Steven.
Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.
The endless dialogs was taken 5 steps too far in this one...
Only one thing happens and it is smack in the middle of the book. The rest of the dialog is so far fetched that not even rolling the eyes would do it justice.
I really don't understand how this book can have such a good rating.
It even ends abruptly and left me looking for a missing chapter.
Just finished a marathon listening session...
I was so looking forward to this book and feel somewhat disappointed in the way this finished, almost like leaving room for yet another book.
The first half of the book is actually pretty good with the feel of a great epic story coming to an end, but then the battle starts and keeps on going and going and going and going.
So many hero's die that I start to think that somehow they all will wake from the dream in the end.
Then the end came suddenly and even though the epilog is almost an hour long things are not wrapped up properly, instead trying to become a massive tear jerker.
I think a lot of the exhausting battle time could have been used to clean up a lot of the threads that is left untied.
I know a lot of reviewers will give this book a 5 purely because the series has been that good, but there is no way this book should get anything above a 4.
Better language, maybe I am old fashioned, but using F--k and Sh-t to make up word count puts me off.
Dumb female character is so 60's...
Yes, Benjamin puts in a good performance and made this book almost listenable.
Not so much cut as upgrade. I know the author wants to "set a scene", but most of the work is just sloppy and rely on idiots for it to work.
People who like Impossible situations and constant tension building would like this. Not sure I can stand to get through another drama queen attempt.The narration was decent and the reason I enjoyed the book to some degree.
First halve of the book was great. Interesting listen, but then the author changed gears and seem to think that building tension means that you write one imposible situation on top of another and then miraculously the situation gets resolved. If I was reading, I would have skipped whole pages.Spoiler alert:I did not think the alien artifact/possible invasion should have been in here.
I wish the author did not try to "step it up" in the second part of the book and thereby turning it into a soap opera.This story really has/had potential.
Focus on the meat of the story
Overdoing the movie style Rocky scenes. (hero gets beaten to death and then miraculously gets up and beat the other guy)
I bought the series and have no interest inlistening to the others.
I rather enjoyed the first book, but this one disappointed.
The story line is OK, but the monologue is so bad that I find myself tuning out from time to time.
If you want a time filler this is for you, but if you want a page turner...
This series has real potential, but Jim need to step back and read his own stuff again.
In this one book one of the main characters are as good as dead and then miraculously escapes so many times that my eyes literally hurt from rolling them in my head. He also uses the same words over and over to describe these "a second from death" scenes. (20 plus times, I would guess...in one book!)
Write an adventure, but leave the "B" movie stuff for others.
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