People who live in St.Paul. Sanford relies on his Twin Cities background way too much on this book...maybe Joe Soucheray liked it....
I'll finish up the last 30 minutes of Team of Rivals.
He is good. Yes I would.
I'll pick door three.
Maybe I'm 'off' on this but I wonder if Sanford wrote it.
Enough sex for teenage girls but to what purpose?
Just not well written. Plus, where is the 'who dun it' part?
I haven't finished yet so maybe it will get better.
When I ordered this Audible book I didn't realize it was only Flynn's second published novel.
The writing is filled with cliches and platitudes that I haven't noticed in his later works.
The first half was slow reading with unnecessary diversions that must have been intended to be character development.
The second half works much better with a lot more plot elements divulged and more action in general.
Apparently I am at odds with most reviewers since the work earned 4+ stars. Don't get me wrong, I really like Flynn's stuff. I just wonder if he too doesn't see the weakness in this novel since it took so long to make it to audio book status.
I look forward to comments from other readers....am I all wet?
I didn't make it through the first hour. Terrible writing, narration just as bad.
For starters, thriller heroes don't have three syllable names....Gideon? Really? That was the first tip off....my favorite protagonists have single syllable names....Mitch, Dave, Jack....OK maybe two....like Harry...never three.
The writing was sophomoric. When trucks blow up, they are 'like Tonka toys, thrown by an angry child". And, when Gideon picks up a branch to defend himself, it's "a branch from a fallen tree".....Please! Where else do branches come form? Oh yeah, also from my first and final hour of torture...Gideon escapes capture in a flooded ditch by breathing through a corn cob pipe, using it as a kind of snorkel. If you've ever used a corn cob pipe, you know a hamster couldn't breath through it. Shame on you Vince Flynn for endorsing this book.
Unbroken is in my top ten of over 100 audiobooks I've downloaded. Louie's strength, determination and resilience are inspiring. The listening experience is intense. Just when you think nothing worse could happen...it does. There are a few humorous interludes to help counteract the depressing starkness of the pow's lives....I particularly liked the incident in which one of the pow's is befriended by a guard in return for English lessons.....the guard is taught that the appropriate response to "How are you?" is "Why the F*** do you care"?
What a great read! Poetry...dazzling story telling....believable characters...just wonderful.
Also a good lesson on interpreting reader review ratings. If you throw out the four or five reader ratings from those who just 'didn't get' the book, the remaining twenty or so readers averaged nearly a perfect 5 rating.
Perhaps Audible should provide a 'mean' rating number as well as the pure average to let readers know when a small group is skewing the average rating (either up or down.)
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