boring, tedious, mind numbing, seemingly endless adolescent dialogue punctuated by abusive rants by an intolerant, overbearing jerk. It doesn't take 18 hours to develop these characters that were so uninteresting that it was hardly, no not, worth listening to. Conroy said in his introduction that his father hated the book after his first read...so did I. On the other hand, Conroy gets huge credit for evolving from this dog to writing some of the best novels I have ever read, namely "Beach Music" and "Prince of Tides". I evaluate the book based upon whether I received $20 worth of entertainment value, I got $0.00. Would have been a rip off if the book was free!
Dick Hill is an awesome reader. His work with Lee Child's Reacher and others I have heard are really first rate. In my opinion the reader provides well over half of the enjoyment value of any audible book. A bad reader can easily kill a good book and a good reader can save or at least make enjoyable a marginal one. Even Dick Hill couldn't save this dog, it was simply boring from start to finish. Certainly not his fault.
Gross disappointment, Conroy is much better than that. I fail to see why the book gets the credit it does.
Just terrible book, extremely predictable, childishly dedicated to documenting archaic military traditions that are in themselves ridiculous and worse when read aloud. I totally respect the military and those who choose to serve and the sacrifice they give to their country but to have it graphically described in this level of detail was very tedious and somewhat embarrassing.
Way, way too much religious mumbo-jumbo. Droned on and on with unbelievable dialogue, if my spine was going to tingle it was long gone by the time anything happened.
Yes probably, I do like the Cotton Malone character. But this one was way too unbelievable, his girlfriend is a super model quality, super rich, castle building ex-spy and he doesn't know about it. Huh?
Scott Brick is ok but he needs to vary his tone and delivery. Every sentence sounds like a major effort.
I probably should have gone with the abridged version.
Absolutely not. As much as I loved "Atlas Shrugged" I hated this book, its hard to believe its by the same author. Agreed, I fell for the unabridged version but this is 32 hours I will never recover it my life. Boring, on and on stilted dialogue by totally unlikeable characters. Normally I enjoy books where I can at least like one of the characters. There were no characters in the book worth remembering.. If I have to hear "one does this or one does that" another time I will scream. "Pseudo-intellectual nonsense for 32 hours should be standard torture tactics for the CIA. Psycho babble drivel about characters that were so boring it was mind-numbing. Writing an interesting novel about architecture must be tough but this was just terrible. The best and only part I would ever listen to again was Howard Roarkes speech. The entire book could have been condensed to a 2 hr novel and maybe saved. Still pretty dull stuff.Buyer beware.
All of them!
don't know. Unless you are fascinated with the intricacies of Naval avionics and the detailed description of planes and their flying characteristics, this book is NOT for you. Way, way, way too much technical argot and discussion, not interesting to the layman.
won't be another Coonts.
he was as boring as the story line.
Boring plot, boring characters, boring reader, not much more left.
Name it, more likable characters, faster pace, less idiotic dialogue with the children, main character that is interesting, plot and characters are dull as dishwater.
He was terrible also but I'm not sure anyone could save this story.
Any dialogue with the insipid children and for the supposedly successful wife they made her sound like a simple librarian.
I gave it 1 star only because I had to. This is one of the worst audible books I have ever downloaded. No more Cox. This was the longest 11 hours of my life!
Story line was good, characters were well developed and strong. After so many DR novels Burke still finds a way to keep the stories interesting, new settings, maturing characters etc. I have read just about every one and hope he has more in the tank.
Patton is the best. His southern accent and voice tones are perfect for this character and many other Southern based novels. I will listen to his books regardless of author. One of the best readers in the business and he adds immensely to the value of the production.
If you like Burke and the DR character, just buy it.
Better story, better dialogue, better reader.
Write a more believable story with much better dialogue between characters.
I have purchased hundreds of audio books over the years and this is the FIRST review I have ever written. I use them on long trips to distract me during plane and car travel primarily and upon occasion during work commutes. My standards are relatively low, just a reasonably believable story and some decent dialogue (again believable) between characters with a somewhat interesting subject to maintain at least a low level of interest. This book failed in all areas, the story line was so stupid I lost interest repeatedly and if I hadn't paid $21 for it would have deleted it in the first 100 pages. The reader is so mono-tonal and BORING that it is painful and when you combine that with non-realistic dialogue (a marine sniper assassin, "oh my goodness", come on!) that leads virtually nowhere and does nothing to develop the character it didn't even meet my minimal standards.
This is the WORST audio book I have ever suffered through, should have been free and then it would have been overpriced. Will never buy this author again and absolutely never listen to another book by this reader, he was terrible. Would have given it less than 1 star if that was possible.
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