John Lee's impeccable linguistic transitions.
Lloyd won my heart early on, with his youthful enthusiasm for political idealism and his undying pursuit of what he believed in, in spite of the collapse of everything he knew of the world he lived in, across borders and over time.
Carla's ability to know intuitively what a rape would have done to Rachael, and yet willingly take that personal nightmare on herself, physically and emotionally, made her the hero she proved to be in so many ways, throughout the impoverishment of family and neighbors, and degradation of homeland.
Forget your childhood recollections and your history lessons. Here's the fluid, seamless unfolding of events that molded the world as we know it today.
We all have favorites books, for whatever reason, but here is a book that is justified in being chosen as an all time favorite. Ken Follett had been a lifelong favorite author for one of his earlier works, but this is in a league of its own. It was an amazing research undertaking, and a piece worthy of being called a masterpiece in areas of history, sociology, culture, economy, warfare and knowledge of the human spirit.
After downloading this audiobook I was tempted to return it and go back to reading. It's difficult to understand how a fine writer like Grisham could allow someone like Michael Beck to ruin his books. Poor reading, terrible timing, and inability to read ahead in order to drop his voice where the sentence or thought ends. His narrative is so distracting I don't know if I'll be able to get through the whole book.
It inspired me to return the audiobook in favor of reading it the story myself.
A good reader can elevate a good story to an even better one. A poor performance can ruin a story, no matter how good. As a long-time user of Audible books, I've heard good and bad, and this is one of the poorest. In addition to having poor timing and poor understanding of the content, this man uses a grating, simpering voice to suggest female parts, which is not only insulting but hard to listen to. His southern accent is poor, and his ability to sustain each voice non-existent.
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