There is a place for an audio book such as this, especially after listening to something heavy and involved and detailed and intricate. In other words, after something that was very entertaining and complex to listen to, it's a relaxing break to listen to suspense-filled bubble gum. "The Last Templar" is a second-rate copy of a Dan Brown novel, Mr. Brown himself a second-rate author. The characters are two-dimensional and predictable; you see the big plot points coming at you a mile away, but there's a comfort in its predictability -- maybe the same reason certain people go to see the same opera (I myself can't stand opera) ad infinitum. The author has a gift for developing a predictable outline of action and then lopping story and thin characterizations onto it, like throwing modeling clay at a target, possibly. Two annoying things: the narrator's voice -- and I see he voices all the books from this author -- does not have the flexibility and range needed for the various characters. There's an essence of sandpaper to his tone, combined with a little breathiness, and it becomes a labor to listen. Another annoying thing: the author uses a certain device A LOT: He'll narrate a point, then, to emphasize it, he turns around and uses the phrase "Not that X would do Y (fill in X and Y for yourself). I don't know what this device would be called, but after spotting it a couple times per chapter almost, it's almost like a game, maybe a drinking game (if I wasn't driving while listening) where I'd take a drink every time this device is used. I think I'd get pretty plastered doing that ... not that this would be a bad thing. (yes, I used this device on purpose). Anyway, feel free to read it: if you need a break after something concrete and detailed with fantastic characterizations, this will be a relaxing break from the quality you may be used to.
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