I really found this audible enjoyable. The writer was great in telling the story from many points of views. Even with the variety of viewpoint storytelling the book was never lacking!
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was wonderful and the subject matter timely. At periods in the book I shook my head, was disappointed in the manner people treat one another, laughed out loud and self-reflected. On top of all the emotions there was a mystery to be solved. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I wanted a lot more from this book. While I'm a fan of this author I'd skip this book if I had to do it over again.
This book, at times, was difficult to listen to but I agree with the description that the story in the verse told was well written. The verse told didn't make it too extremely difficult to listen to. I found myself entrenched in Sanford's story and his life. I cheered for his favorable outcome and cheered his sister's tenacity. I would recommend this book to everyone.
From the description of the book and the wonderful book by Erik Larson I expected a great deal from this book. It had a lot of great characters and potential but it didn't deliver. I wished the authored explored and wrote more about the actual construction of the tower and enhanced her focus or attention on James Gordon Bennett.. I really enjoyed the middle third of the book when the author finally went in to a better story telling of Eiffel, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. I felt the side path on Van Gough was un-needed or needed to be better tied to the story.
This book had strong potential but lost itself when the 'chance run ins' and obviously poor decision making by the two main characters. By the way, there were way to many chance run ins. An example of the obviously poor decision making was the two characters, who had secrets to keep, continually speaking abouty confidential or private information in public places. Seriously, that makes NO sense. The story had legs but the story crawled instead of sprinting.
First off, I was very much looking forward to hearing this King novel. I like King and it had good reviews. Immediatley upon listening to the book I loathed the narrator. His tone to different characters seemed forced, out of place and just ridiculous. He would have been much better just reading the novel. Several times I almost deleted the book because I couldn't take listening to the narrator. Instead, I just turned it off for the day. It took me much longer to finish the book because of the narrator.
The second comment is I hated and became disgusted at the author's use of the "N" word, the 'massah' dialogue and absurdity of thinking there is a need for these racial tones in a book. I know some will say it goes to character development but frankly, the book would have been MUCH better just focusing on the plot and removing racial tones. Not needed and sad it was included. I was so disgusted I often fast forwarded sections where these words were used.
As stated in my header, this could have been a much better novel.
I love this series by Robert aka J.K. Job well done on the second book in the series. I'm eager for more.
Well written book. Some long winded and frequently used analogies but sparing those it was a good book.
Wonderfully written, narrated and a very good book. A must read/listen!!!!! I've been recommending this book to a lot of my friends.
The only reason I got this audible was that it was a Poe Nominee. I really disliked the book and don't understand how it won a nomination. In my opinion the author has too many story lines. The book would have been better if 2 story lines were told. Also, some of the story is hard to believe. Really, watching a father figured murdered, informing the family of the loss and pain associated with the loss, driving the father's blood soaked car to work the next day and actually working the next day. What? Who does that and what kind of employer allows that. Also, the narration was extremely bad. The narrator has horrible accents and at points I laughed when I heard different -- and so called different -- ethnic accents. The narrator needs to stick to only a male English accent.
I would only recommend this book if you are in need of an easy read or listen book - preferably a book while traveling.
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