As much as I wanted to like this one, it was not to be. As the story stumbled through I couldn't stop myself from thinking that somehow an unedited first draft of a Dan Brown novel had been bootlegged and released as a final product. I can only assume that the author has reached some sort of "untouchable" status with the publisher and was allowed to bypass any semblance of editorial assistance. Some of the material was so repetitive that on more than one occasion I was sure my ipod had skipped back to previous chapters. The story had potential but this book belies the greatest qualities of all other Dan Brown novels. If the reader cannot even begin to accept the plausibility of the book's premises and reconcile the revelation of interesting real world facts to creative fictional situations then we are left with nothing more than a screenplay barely worthy of a lost episode of MacGyver. I assume Ron Howard is sweating bullets wondering what he is supposed to do with this one. This will teach movie execs to read before they buy.
Great narration though!!
I like many others have listened to this after originally reading it many years ago. Now after my own experiences with an 11 year old son of my own I can say that the entire narrative seems almost autobiographical, as if I was somehow listening to my own story and inner thoughts (minus the shock therapy mind you!!). This book can not be listened to on the surface level. If one dimensional story telling is what you are expecting then you will surely write reviews similar to the many negative ones we see here. If you approach each chapter as a multi layered metaphor then in every detail you will find many "ahaa moments" that will stick with you for days, even years to come.
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