How to describe the plot - if Harry Potter had been,
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven't read it, shame on you. If you have and liked it, you'll love this book.
I'm still entranced by the luggage. It follows its owner everywhere, and eats anyone who tries an unauthorized search. We could balance the nation budget with that feature alone; it would eliminate an entire useless goverment agency.
I would be worried I would miss something if I weren't concentrating enough.
Having lived through most of the timeline of this novel, I didn't expect to find the events, like JFK's assassination, made so personal and moving. Follett has the magic touch of making you care for believable and vividly drawn characters, so that you celebrate and mourn with them. Even though you know about the 20th Century, this novel will give you much to consider.
The narrator does mix accents to an extent, the Brits sometimes having German accents and the American accents can be a bit over cooked. But overall, well narrated.
Given that the story starts in prison, I had no idea where the characters would go. I enjoyed the turns of the plot. Martin's characters are lovingly cast, but very human. His books are 'faith-based' but are more about the transcendence of the human spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Modesitt appears to be exploring a different perspective on good v evil in this series. The idea that there might be a required balance is interesting. The switch up of 'black' and 'white' magic is also intriguing. Worth investing time in this fantasy universe.
I enjoyed this speculative look at alternate history. A very different perspective on 'might have beens.' This is a good enough concept that I hope the author will write a sequel.
This series is a light listen , enjoyable, but not masterful. They are romance novels with a bit of magic witchery thrown in. A unique universe and fun listen.
Normally, life-and-death dramatic novels leave me feeling manipulated - the author makes you care for a character then callously kills them off for dramatic effect - pisses me off (I'm thinking Jodi Picoult here - don't shoot, ok?).
Charles Martin is so sincere and writes such warm, in-depth and realistic characters that I even found the weepy parts very true to heart and life. I also enjoy his southern eccentrics, whom he clearly cherishes. They are presented as real people, if a bit off, not as clichés.
Very worth a listen.
A fair to good story - if you don't mind being preached to every 10 pages.
I was a little reluctant to listen to this novel due to the hype surrounding it. I was seduced by the plot and fell in love with the characters. If you enjoy novels about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, you will enjoy this book. I still find myself wondering about the characters, how they are, as if they will stop by some day.
While the story about the war reporter aspects was riveting, any author who wishes to write with any authority about the Vietnam War should research the military aspects of the war.
This author appeared to have watched, and misunderstood, some vague documentary on TV. She has no concept of the air war, particularly the role of helicopters. This includes basic terminology - "planes" did not take off and land from LZs. This combined with annoying mispronunciations by the narrator - Chinook pronounced "Chin-ook" not "Shin-ook" for example - detracted from the story.
If this sort of misconception doesn't annoy you, you may enjoy the book.
If you enjoy the genre of Historians as Time Travelers, you will enjoy this listen. The story line stays on track and interesting and the historical references are detailed enough to be intriguing without being ridden to death.
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