Nice book, but the experience was ruined since I had already listened to "Fishing for Stars". Shame on Audible for releasing this one after the sequel.
When I listened to this author's Hyperion trilogy, I got the 2nd and 3rd books out of sequence (It's sometimes hard to figure out which book comes next in Audible's offerings), which was annoying but my fault.
This story is like that. The timeline is mangled. This gimmick that the author uses is distracting at best, and adds nothing to the story. At least with Hyperion, the story was about timeline perturbation. On the positive side, you could listen to the chapters at random and as long as you listened to all, the experience would be the same as going from beginning to end.
Less of the author's political views.
The male reader has an odd cadence and inflection that is quite annoying.
Potentially good plot line. But Mr. King has done this already (several times) in a much better fashion.
Not worth a credit.
For a historical fiction work and not a bodice buster romance novel, the characters seemed overly enmeshed in various sexual exploits. Follett, too, seemed to delight in his own virtually pornographic and voyeuristic descriptions of these exploits. I would have been happier with less detail in the bedrooms and more in the story.
Amusing creation of a wartime Navy staffed by idiots. Mr Keith reminds me of Toole's Ignatious Reilly and Hellers Yossarian. (comparative literature pun intended). But Wouk had them first!
Rutherford performs at his usual high standard. I'm always entertained and informed by his work. Unfortunately, the narrator/production crew fell short. Although the narrator has a soothing but authoritative voice (to me), there are numerous odd pauses that could have been edited, as well as deficiencies in the audio file (skips, gaps). Perhaps minor quibbles, but annoying nonetheless.
A Gen X vision of reality. Wildly grasping at any leftist cause, this account is more of a tantrum against her rearing than any sort of serious analysis. The unabashed display of nihilism is broken only by worship of her politically and emotionally kindred spirits and her desire to be more like them. Apart from the content, the narration is dreadful. The stilted delivery could be considered as merely curiously stylized at best, but I found the somewhat dysphasic delivery distracting.
This will probably play well to the NPR crowd. In fact, if you are a TAL listener, you have probably heard most of this drivel before (I have), so you may not want to waste your money for it again, even if you like it.
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