Before buying this, you should know that although it WAS the basis for the film of the same name, it is not a novelization of the film. Keel's MMP details the actual events that transpired during a thirteen month period in Point Pleasant WV and the Ohio Valley in the late 60's. It's an incredible read and nicely done in audio book form.
Though not my usual favored genre of books, I have, nevertheless, read everything Preston and Child have written collectively and separately. I have liked some better than others, but I will not be reading any more from this series. At least twice per chapter the reader is asked to accept ridiculously clichéd and/or unlikely scenarios necessary to advance the storyline. I don't think I have ever rolled my eyes as much as I did while listening to this this clunker. Sadly, there is little sense of suspense simply because, after only a few chapters, the reader can already guess well in advance which hokey trick is about to be employed.
Perhaps the only thing worse than the writing in this story is the narration. For a brief moment, I honestly thought it was an electronically-generated narration. (Slightly smoother than Kindle's "text to speech" - but not by much.) Add to this the inclusion of annoying - and equally banal - musical "interludes" between key chapters, and the whole thing makes for a hot mess. The entire presentation plays to the lowest common denominator. (Thank goodness for the "Oriental Music" after a key chapter with an elderly Chinese woman and how would we *ever* have known how scary a neighborhood was without stereotypical hip-hop music?)
Count me out for future installments in this series and the same for anything narrated by John Glover.
How does someone as "brilliant" as Robert Langdon continually get snared by the simplest of dime store novel slights of hand? How many times must Langdon receive a phone call from a stranger asking him to go somewhere, to do something or to bring something with him that is invaluable and/or top secret only to be shocked - again and again - when the caller turns out to be the bad guy or someone under duress because of the bad guy?
And why does the Langdon character continue to insist through thousands of pages - across three novels - that no thinking man could ever believe the things going on around him when it is clear to everyone else that everybody else - not the least of which is the majority of Brown's own readers - are clearly believers or willing to accept that SOMEONE believes and is acting on that belief?
I had low expectations going in and Brown managed to fail to live up to even that limited target. I downloaded it because it was free when I reactivated my Audible account. Even so, I somehow feel cheated. The literary equivalent of eating cotton candy - lots of volume and fluff, but you feel so very empty afterwards.
Although the target audience for this book is the "Young Adult" market, I have enjoyed both books in this series. The narration is well done and the story paces nicely. Anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter series will likely enjoy these as well.
The narration was well done. However, the book itself is lacking in many ways. I struggled to get through the end, finding many sections rambling and overly verbose. The author wastes and unusually large amount of space and time reminding us that the lead character is a brooding, flawed git. We get it - now, move on with the story.
I enjoyed this one-hour discussion a great deal. The host and Jacob "Jerry" Needleman carry on a great discussion. Needleman provides interesting observations and summary from many schools of thought while demonstrating the love and excitement he still carries for the search. Well worth the small price paid for the download.
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