For all the rave reviews, this book was poorly plotted and averagely written. The ending was so dull and flat it's beyond belief.
Chase does his best with the poor material, but his voice characterizations are irritating to the ear. There are also a lot of annoying, repeated mispronunciations.
All three of them. And they'd be easy to cut, because their were all cardboard cutout cliche characters anyway.
Ignore the positive reviews. This is really a bad short book. You are guaranteed to be irritated that you spent 7.5 hours getting to the so-called "end" of this fiasco. Stay away.
The lead character's constant declarations of "holy moly." Brutal.
And the narrator was whiny and annoying, which made the bad book even worse.
Certainly not the sequel to this book.
Whiny delivery that made the lead character seem like a simp.
I would've tried to make the characters more realistic instead of goofy cartoons. This was just a bad book all around.
This book fails as a both mystery novel and a sci fi novel. It's so below average. The poor narration is just the final nail.
While this is not anywhere near my favorite narrator of the Flashman series, he does a serviceable job. But what kills this audiobook is the fact that it's abridged. The Flashman series relies on historical detail and plot twists -- the abridged version simply skims the important points of action. You lose so much of the period flavor and historical feel of the complete books. GMF is a talent writer who is an utter joy to read; if you want to abridge something, abridge those awful lawyer books by hacks like John Grisham. Leave the good books alone.
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