Very disappointed in this Tom Clancy. I've really enjoy other books he has written but this one held zero interest for me. Didn't even finish it, and I think I can count on 1 hand the number of books that I have not finished. This was a waste of a "credit".
The writing isn't the best. It jumps around time wise but the narration makes the whole thing worse. It sounds like the longest sentence in history. The whole time I kept wondering why the narrator was so angry. He must have been very angry about the contract he was working under, or at the author, or at his boss, or at his wife, or at something because he murdered this story with his awful narration. I've added him to my Bad Narrators list.
I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting but I seem to be very happily surprised with this story. You think it's about to wrap up then it goes into another episode and then it happens again and again. I really enjoyed the story and Kristen Bell did a very good job with the narration.
This story gives some interesting information about the Manhattan Project and the Los Alamos nuclear bomb development but it isn't very well written. Too much emphasis is given to Oppenheimer's love life and not enough on what it was like to live in this community and what was involved in creating The Gadget. If you a looking for general information about the Manhattan Project, I think you would want to include this in your reading, just be ready to wade through some junk.
Like so many, I heard about Jonestown on the 6 o'clock news. Mainly just the total number dead, that the Senator had been killed, and a few ghastly photographs. That was about all that I heard and the usage of "don't drink the KoolAid" as a warning of not to believe everything you hear.
So this account provided a lot of needed, wanted, and necessary information to really understand the back-story and everything that lead up to the horrible suicide/murder event.
The author did a very good job of drawing a clear narrative from the massive amount of available information. And Robin Miles gave a perfect narration.
I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often while listening to a book that is a mystery/thriller. And then, to be brought to tears.
Such extreme emotions and it's all part of a terrific legal thriller.
5-stars all the way. Now, I'm going to look for more books by the author.
Unless Hollywood does some major rewriting it won't make it to the big screen. I've enjoyed maps as a casual observer: old ones, new ones, water, topographical... In fact, I at one time I considered getting into cartography as a profession. So I found the story interesting but not breath stopping.
It did upset me to think of the permanent, irreparable damage done to all the books and atlas' by map thieves. The courts and laws are not strong enough when someone has been convicted of these crimes.
I believe Mr. Runnette needs a visit to his dentist. There's some whistling there that is distracting from the narration.
Loved the characters & humor. Excellent narration by Tom Stechschulte. Will look for other books by this author - hopefully, there will be another in a series.
There's an old commercial that said, "It's not nice to fool mother nature". I want to modify it to say, "It's not nice to tick off the customers" and direct it to the author and publisher.
The ending is the pits. Totally unacceptable. And, because the publisher (probably) decided that the book should be ended that way, here's my response.
. . . . I will not buy any more books by this author or publisher. . . .
What a wild ride and a fantastic book for the eve of Veterans Day. With the story line, you keep saying this could happen -- now. And with the action, you run out of finger nails to chew.
It is also a prefect story to remind everyone just how much we owe to our veterans. Blessings and peace to each and every one who has SERVED. Thank you.
Excellent story, with wonderful characters and witty dialogue.
However, if I was the editor, I would cut back on all the references to music (a little bit is good but this is too much) and I would change the very end slightly.
See what you think. It is well worth the price of admission. I'm going to buy more.
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