Good idea, but didn't work. Situation is interesting, but the characters are wooden, and the plot drags. Quit half way through.
A good novel should have a balance of plot to color and background. This one is about 5% to 95%; most of the book is about descriptions of butterflies, views out of windows, clothing, etc. etc. etc. Interesting when he tells the story, but lots of dull in between
Roberts needs to learn the difference between telling us every detail he knows, vs. telling us what we need to know to fully appreciate Napoleon's remarkable life. They're not the same.
He's an excellent reader, but is unable to pronounce French words properly - a serious drawback in a book about Napoleon!
Napoleon is one of history's truly remarkable figures.
This is a wonderfully written and well told biography of one of history's greatest scientists and a fascinating man. But if I were doing it again, I'd read instead of listen, because I'd skip the physics and concentrate on the biography. Hard to skip half chapters in an audiobook.
Hard to imagine, but after 36 hours of listening, (by far the longest book I've ever heard), I'm sorry it's over. Wonderful characters, fascinating story, great insight into the late 19th century West, and a terrific reader.
He tells a good story, as always, and Rapp is an intriguing if rather one dimensional character. But Flynn tends to get carried away with his diatribes against anyone who believes that the CIA should have any limits whatsoever on its authority. Most people who have read more than one of the series will be CIA fans - or else they'd be reading something else. But to devote whole chapters to condemning all politicians who believe espionage has limits is excessive, and detracts from his story. The only problem with audiobooks is that it's hard to skip the bad parts
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