Quite a story. I won't repeat previous reviewers. I didn't give it 5 stars for 2 reasons; first of all the writing is a little bit simplistic in parts. Second I found out that he wrote a book about the whole story himself. Why does Hillenbrand have to tell it again?
First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day
I liked the courtroom scenes but the domestic scenes were nothing special at all. Typical parent teenage interactions that are kind of dull. Cutting out about a third would have improved the pace. If you want to read (or listen) to a similar book that is more to my liking, check out Presumed Innocent.
The New Yorker just keeps getting worse from week to week. The articles are now of three types: Fluff that would be better off in People magazine, boring examinations of subjects that are of little to interest to anyone outside of Manhattan and politically slanted pieces that are intended to make a point. In addition the narrator often makes mistakes which he then corrects and the editors can't be bothered to remove the mistake. Bye, no more subscription for me.
Some of the excerpts were interesting and some I found to be just dull so I skipped them. I've read several of his complete books and liked them, but the geology books (an excerpt is included here) is boring.
I find that Boyd's books are especially suitable for listening because he writes the books like someone sitting down and telling you a story. I would have given it 5 stars but I think that he ended it a little abruptly and left some things hanging
David Remnick's usual slamming of Israel turned out to be completely wrong as the elections showed. A real disservice to the readers. The New Yorker is at its best best reporting the facts and injecting as little as possible of the editor's and author's prejudices. Their failure to edit out 2nd takes is also frankly an insult. Get it together already.
The story itself is very good and well written. It sheds light on a period that not many people know about. The narration is OK except when he does women's voices or accents. He should just use his normal voice.
I have read or heard all of his books and this one is not up to snuff. My criticisms are as follows:
1) Very little suspense
2) Simplified characters (ie..all the Americans without exception are nice guys)
3) Abrupt ending
Why do the publishers of the audible version of the New Yorker think that their weekly editorial interests us? Why does the reader always adopt a mocking tone when he is reading quotes from someone from the right side of the political spectrum? Why can't they edit out one of the takes when they have to do 2 takes. Oh and this one features a story about a hired killer who is a really nice guy. Once upon a time this was a good magazine. What happened?
I've read/listed to several Flashman books and this is by far his weakest. Three unrelated stories none of which are very good. The narrator who reads the other Flashman books does a better job than David Case. Can't really recommend it.
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