A new Bond book. Who could resist? I wish I resisted.
It is clear from the get-go that Jeffery Deaver must have become bored with the characters and story early on. Though, from the length, he must have been charging per word.
This 'Modern Interpretation' of Bond is hollow, shallow and uninteresting. Nothing daring, clever or even thought provoking.
The most interesting and dynamic character is 'Q' Sanu Hirani and Bheka Jordaan's grandmother. Everyone else is is just filler including Bond.
This story is sadly lacking in intrigue, excitement, fun, wit, believability and pleasure for the reader. Instead the reader/listener is dragged, by a leash, from one plot point to the next. Mr. Deaver could have benefited by actually reading a Fleming novel to see why they were actually so compelling and interesting.
The Benson novels and even Faulks' 'Devil May Care' are light-years ahead of this yawn. Even 'Man With A Golden Gun' is infinitely more interesting. You actually get to know Scaramanga and even find out what makes him tick. Dunne is rejected lover desperate to regain the affections of his desire. How brilliant?
None of the plot points even make any sense when put together as a whole. It simply leaves one feeling like they just watched Star Wars Episode One. Strike That.... The Phantom Menace was actually more desirable.
While the story suffers (a Lot) the Narration is quite good. It's the one redeeming factor that allowed me to finish this yarn to the end.
Don't waste your, considerable, time with this bore. Re-listen to a Fleming or Benson novel and enjoy an engaging and fun story.
The Story was very good and entertaining. The Narration was spectacular!
It's got to be Poirot, this time. I was reunited with an old friend (Poirot) and it felt great!
He artfully hits the mood, tone and drama characterized in the book. Bravo!
It's 10 hrs. I listen in my car. I found myself looking for opportunities to drive and enjoy the story.
It's a triumph and well deserving to be part of the Agatha Christie collection.
It ranks quite high. It is filled with honest and unwashed reality.
The inclusion of the relationships he formed along his journey. So often this aspect is ignored or whitewashed.
Though he doesn't sound like Glen, he does convey the emotion and spirit of the story.
Many points moved me to laugh and smile.
An exciting and riveting adventure that connects a man to his humanity.
Yes. It was so interesting and captivating, it is well worth a re-listen.
John Chatterton. His backstory and character offer tremendous insight into the man who whould risk so much.
When John exhausts his air supply trying to free himself from the wreckage.
Yes, when they talked with the surviving crewman.
Well worth the listen.
Yes. It's fun and sometimes quite silly in is real-life account of two Canadians bumbling through Latin America.
There were several 'bust out laughing' moments.
No. I believe this is the only one.
The end when he re-connected with his long-suffering riding partner.
It's worth a listen. It won't change your world, but it will entertain you.
Certainly.... With one exception. The print version contains illustrations and photos of some of the people and places Sam describes in this book.
Since the author is reading the narration, there is a lot of subtleties in his tone to emphasize a certain point. Other times humor can be injected where it doesn't quite jump out on the written page.
As with Sam Manicom's other audio book, Into Africa, the listener can pick up sam actually smiling as he reads and recalls certain moments offered up in this book.
This is non-fiction, so Sam remains the primary and most interesting character. The other people jump into imagination as Sam is able to present them with humanity and color.
Sam, himself, is the author. It is like Sam is sitting with you chatting about this rich and colorful journey.
Many parts made me laugh. I feel much closer to a world I know little about from this narrative.
Though it is not necessary, it is recommended that you enjoy 'Into Afrcia' first as a means to gain context and the backstory.
The book holds up perfectly on it's own, but I believe the experience is more complete enjoying the books, in order.
Mitch Cullin, No. Simon Jones, Yes.
There was no intrigue, mystery or even interesting characters including Holmes himself.
The woman who played the Armonica.
Fall asleep several times.
The stories were simply narratives with little satisfaction at the end of their telling. It's a caricature of what the 1970's Holmes would have become.
Remove Holmes and retitle it, "Reflections of a dying old man" and it may be a better book, but the inclusion of Holmes leaves a reader/listener expecting something memorable and interesting.
The Author, Mitch Cullin has managed to strip nearly every enjoyable aspect of Holmes and left us with a rambling old imposter or character impersonator who thinks he was once Holmes.
The author reads this book. In this case it becomes much more intimate. While it is based on a journey on a motorcycle, the focus of this book is the humanity and experiences of Africa and the people he meets, both native and visiting along the way.
The easy and non-embellished style of telling the accounts without a political or preachy perspective.
When he is haggling over the price of a mango at the fruit stall with in the market.
I felt like I was a part of this journey. It was richly described and experienced. I felt sad at the conclusion as I felt a great journey had just concluded.
Though this journey takes place mostly on a motorbike, it is NOT focused on the motorbike. It a journey of humanity and the experiences of the author in Africa over a year.
Yes! It is capable of reaching listeners/readers at multiple depths and levels. It may be seen as simply comic and filled with one odd episode after another or as an interesting transformation of one caught in the rat race into one who actually can break out and be useful.
Clearly the author as he is writing in first person.
Toward the end, when they return to the US and realize that all the daily minutiae we think of as life is not living at all.
I laughed, audibly, quite often.
Don't let the title fool you. This is a funny yet deep book that does NOT exploit the inhabitants of the islands.
I took to 'House of Silk' with great eagerness. Horowitz is a good writer and he captures the essence of Holmes and Watson quite well.
The performance is top notch and makes up for some of the story's mild shortcomings.
While I felt guided through a series of events through London in the late 19th century, I felt the story offered little chance for the reader/listener to deduce anything on their own. What clues that Horowitz does leave are obvious and offer no red herrings.
We're left with the last minute revelations of wires to Dublin, Belfast and Boston to have Holmes magically come to the conclusion giving the listener no opportunity to work it out them selves.
That said, I did enjoy this story and do recommend it to those who enjoy Holmes.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was riveted to Simon Vance's reading of this excellent story.
You can easily believe you are there alongside Watson as he follows Holmes and tries to stop the Whitechapel Murders.
While an brilliant and well thought out story, this one is even better for Holmes fans as it combines two famous and richly covered phenomenon.
John Douglas' book 'The Cases That Haunt Us' is an excellent companion for the Whitechapel murders.
This one is bound to please!
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