This is the best book I have either heard or read in a long time. The reader does an amazing job of capturing the various accents of the characters--you really start to think there are a handful of narrators. The book is long but you don't want it to end--when it finally does you feel quite lost! I never considered myself a history buff, but after reading this book I want to do some further research into some of the major world events that take place as historical markers in this book.
Although recently released on audio, this book was originally published around 2000. Much of the book takes place in Las Vegas, with a blend of real and fictional references. Having read all of Connelly's Bosch books, I found this a refreshing change. It was more current, and the characters embrace technology rather than fight against it. Good twists and turns, a classic heist story. If you liked the movie Ocean's 11 you will like this.
Having belonged to Audible since 2003, I have listened to dozens of books. In most cases, I have made it all the way through--I find a book has to be pretty bad for me to give up. This was one of those books! I am not familiar with the author's work, so I can't say if it was the story or the narration, but I suspect it was a combination of both. The narration was annoying (I agree with the reviewer who wrote that it sounded like the narrator was auditioning for "I Love Lucy")---it tried to add too much, thereby masking the irony that the story was meant to convey. In addition the story itself was slow moving, perhaps an abridgement would be the answer. I would stay away from this book!
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