No. This book is a sub-par effort on the part of the author. After so long a wait, Dan Brown fans deserve a more cohesive story. After reaching the end, I said, "Wait a minute, this is not believable, based on the earlier parts of the story!".
The character development in the story took a hard left at the end. The motivations and actions are not consistent.
Paul Michael gives a very good performance - I wonder if he went to the author and asked, "Is this the right script?"
The story ultimately fell flat.
The premise was great - richly appointed with art history.
Exciting, fun, interesting
I liked the unique story line of the adversary.
No, I really enjoyed his performance. I am a fan of Dick Hill, George Guidall and Scott Brick. Peter Hermann holds his own in this company.
I really enjoyed the moment when the case was cracked by a single clue.
I liked the premise of this series. I listened to the next one right away. Then I listened to "Private Games". It was such a departure that I felt duped. It really was a sub-par product and does not represent this series very well at all.
Listening to this again will be a treat. This story had lots of nuances and story twists that I'll enjoy even more the second time.
The craft of writing was excellent; for audio books, however, even the best story can be ruined by a poor narration performance. In this case the performance was on par with the literature.
The scene that stands out in my memory was when Jake returned to Vermont, only to find out every trace of the place he remembered had vanished. At this point the reader would never suspect the real story...
This story relies on great storytelling, rather than action scenes (although there are some) or torrid love scenes (although there is a great love present). It is just satisfying experience that I look forward to enjoying again.
This book would be great for someone who has never heard or read the first two Private Series, and is from the UK or Australia. The narrator fails to approximate an American accent, and one cannot recognize Jack Morgan, the primary character in the series. The "first person" narrative of the killer is very dark.
Firstly, the narrator was just too far "off" from previous performances. Secondly, the plot is a huge departure from Jack Morton's world. It doesn't seem to belong in the series.
The narrator had no skill at American accents.
The story took some very interesting turns.
Compact, engaging, substantial.
This is a great twist on a thriller, delivering unpredictable villains and even more unpredictable heroes. The shifting points of view richly enhance the reader's experience without being repetitious.
I consumed it!
Looking forward to more about Scott James and Maggie
This production needed a better narrator. The monotone delivery of this narrator threw cold water on all the most suspenseful scenes.
The craft of the story approaches Alex Berenson. The reader gets a real sense of place in the rich descriptions of Japan. Also, the reader is drawn into the Japanese culture, as one becomes familiar with Afghanistan, in Berenson's books.
He was dull, and came across as an amateur. Sorry.
It failed to thrill.
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