This book is slow - slow as a two legged dog with a thick curly black coat of medium length that is starting to grey a bit and whose perfectly round hazel eyes suggest somehow that he is wiser than he lets on. A dog that in his youth could chase a rabbit for nearly a mile with unyielding strength and determination like a hungry prize fighter . . .
Get the idea? The writer's over-use of descriptives and simile bog this book down to the point of being unlistenable. Detail is good when it paints a scene that is relevant to moving the story line or understanding the characters. Hers don't do either, they just drone on without pupose. Skip it.
This was another very enjoyable Sandford ride. The story moved along and kept me guessing who dunnit. Though not nearly as developed yet as Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers was an interesting charachter. The only negative for me was the narrator. The should have stuck with Richard Ferrone. Conger was just too flat and it took away from the story. I wondered if they did it in order to give the Flowers charachter his own distinct sound - if so, it was a mistake IMO.
This book is silly cliche tripe. Don't waste your time.
The story of this book is very good and the character development is excellent. It is even more compelling because much of the basic story is true, as I understand it, (though I do not know the history well enough to be able to discern which parts were fact and which were fiction).
The story gets bogged down just slightly at times by the authors needless use of metaphors/simile. I wish he had kept it a bit "cleaner". The narrator is decent, but for some reason felt compelled at times to over-dramatize the reading by exaggerating and stretching the words - "Hoyle mooooooooooved slowwwwwwwwwly toward the door." The story was dramatic enough to stand on its own without this embellishment and this detracted from the listening.
All told however, this is a well-written book, competently narrated, and worth the time to listen to.
The story is quite entertaining. A few "but's":
1) The first hour is very convoluted, but then it smooths out.
2) I did not care for the narrator at all. He does a good job with the european accents and pronunciations, but I did not like his reading of the two main voices - Micah and that of the third-person narration. He has a very weird inflection that I found very distracting.
3) The author uses more descriptive similes/metaphors than I care for. I find it bogs the story down a bit.
4) The main charachter, Micah, is way too willing to "spill his guts" to people about who he is and what he does. I did not find that believable.
Those criticisms aside, I would buy another from this author, but I hope he finds a different narrator.
Loved it. Demille does an absoluely fantastic job with character development and dialog. You really feel connected to the characters. I feel like I learned a lot from this book as well - both about the war and about vietnam in general.
I can see why some may have been dissapointed by then ending, but I was not. It seems to me that Demille does not feel compelled to have dramatic endings where all the loose end are wrapped up in a neat clean package and all questions are answered. I am good with that. As he says in the end of the book - it is about the journey. I agree.
Anyhow - I heartily recommend this book and "The Lion's Game" as well. I just started on "Night Fall" and I am enjoying it so far. Demille is a winner and Scott Brick is an excellent narrator.
This is the second book I have listened to by Thor. Takedown was the first. I really enjoyed Takedown because the action was absolutely not stop and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This one got pretty slow in the middle and turned a bit Dan Brown-esque with its attempt to weave ancient history into the plot. Thor is good in his genre, but he ain't Dan Brown. The other thing that took away from this book for me was the numerous technical inaccuracies - shotguns don't fire "bullets". Diesel and jet fuel burn - they don't explode (unless warmed and vaporized anyway), etc. An author of this genre needs to do his homework on these kinds of things. I also found the Horvath character to be pretty flat in this one. Not much personality and no real conflict. George Guidall is excellent as always as the narrator.
In summary, it wasn't a bad book and is worth the listen, but it isn't great either.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It kept me riveted during my commute. If you liked "License to Kill" or other books of this genre, this one is worth your time. The characters were good and not too over-the-top. The non-stop action was well written - I could see it all in my mind like watching a movie.
This book was action packed and fast paced. It was well written and kept me entertained from beginning to end. It went by very quickly. I'm not 100% sure I agree with the narrator's choice of voice for certain of the characters, but it was fairly inconsequential. He did a solid narration job all-in-all.
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