I actually like books by this author but, after a time, they all tend to follow the same type of story line. What keeps me listening to them is Scott Brick. He can turn any story, good or poor, into a winner. Some other listeners are not so enthralled by his type of narration but it works for me.
Thor's stories are not bad. This book, as his others, are easy reads, decent plots and does not require much thought. It is a bit shallow. The narrator is good, as usual.
The author just could not resist bringing his right wing politics. In describing the threat from Chine, Mr. Thor devoted 25 minutes decrying the left's use of class warfare, social programs run amok, the evil of big government, and how the "previous administration" had run up the debt. Typical right wing talking points.
When I listen to fiction, I want fiction without the author's rant about politics; his political fiction.
The thing I noticed about Coben, Patterson, and the rest is that they feel satisfied by just publishing book after book. It seems that they have lost their will to excel. This books points this out so well. Story is fine, performance is fine. But nothing exceptional or worth sharing with friends.
Jo Nesbo is such a great story teller. His stories as well developed. His characters are interesting. I wish some of our American writers, those that "crank" out book after book, would do the work they clearly are capable of. Nesbo can serve as an example.
When an author has to rely on angry, ugly, pornography to appeal to readers, then he is not much to an author. I look for more than a cheap, ill-devised story that draws out the lowest form of interest from readers. This is a nasty book written by an author devoid of original thought; that is unless foot sized bedbugs and vivid descriptions of violent sex acts serve that purpose. Rose Caraway should not be pleased with having to narrate this hideous book.
If you are looking for a book only based on proper grammar, this book may be for you.
If you are looking for a book written by a lazy author or one without skill, this book may also be for you.
If you are looking for a book with a cheap and unimaginative story, this book is for you.
This is an eye-roller of a book. Never again a book by this author, not even for inane entertainment.
A great book that tells the story of us, the United States, the effect that the Dulles brothers had and continue to have on our standing in the world, and how we view ourselves. This book explains how our actions during the 50s and early 60s continue to come home to roost.
A must read (listen).
What a fascinating account of the life of a great, albeit flawed, man. I suspect that Mr. Chernow went into this project with a positive opinion of Washington, and I had to remind myself to remember that, despite my admiration for Washington, I should keep things in perspective and remember that this only presents one side. It was fascinating to "read" about the deceit and dishonesty that Washington faced. For better or worse it reminds me of the same deceit and dishonesty that people like these generals now heap on our presidents of today. Scott Brick made me interested in a book I otherwise would likely not have listened to. A wonderful performance. All of us, in the interest of understanding the roots of our nation, should listen to this riveting account.
The story line is great and so many surprises.
This book is by far the best by Harlen Coben. I kept looking forward to my next opportunity to continue listening.
I like every one of Scott Brick's performances. He is a master story teller. Absolutely the best.
The whole book.
A great book. Definitely worth the credit. I wish all stories were like this. I am not sure my wife would appreciate my absence as I listen to the stories.
As usual, Ken Follett is a great story teller. He brings history to life. A must listen if you like Ken's other books.
As usual, Scott Brick delivers a great performance. As a matter of fact, had it not been for Scott, this book would have been a bit difficult to "read".
While Nelson DeMille's previous books have been very good, this story was somewhat anti-climactic. The book consisted of 95% preparation for the climax and 5% actual engagement of the enemy. This was disappointing.
You will not go wrong if you look for an interesting story but if you are looking for engagement with the adversary, this book lacks.
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