I have started this book two times. Once about 8 years ago, and again recently. A little into the book I recognized the story and I again stopped listening at about the same spot. I remembered why I never finished it and have made a note so I don't do this again.
The reader, who is also the author, did a good job (reading) but it just couldn't keep my interest. Again, as I said, it just isn't my type of story.
Not the best in the series. I should have counted how many times the phrase "are you sure?" was said.
I enjoyed the story. But the reader was overly enthusiastic with her dialect. I had trouble understanding the words when locals from the area spoke, especially the father. The words were extremely louder than everyone else, plus they were slurred together as to make it gibberish.
The book would have been more enjoyable with a different reader.
I did not like this book. Maybe because the story was over 17 hours long and could have been told in 5 hours. Very redundant, and far-fetched. There were so many good reviews - I guess it's just not my kind of book.
John Meagher was an excellant reader. Not many men can get the female voice to sound believable but he did. I was also able to distinguish between the male voices. Nice.
The story line was interesting but I felt it had too much anti-matter information. It was better when the info-lectures were over and they returned to the plot.
I probably will not buy another book in this series due to the over-loading of information not vital to the plot. But we'll see.
The story line and the performance were outstanding, but the writing was so slow. I guess I'm not a patient person but everything took so long to be told. It was very tempting to fast-forward and I did that a couple times. But then there's the chance of missing something significant.
This was my first book of this series. I'm not sure I'll get another one.
I listened to half the book before I realized I was totally wasting my time. I don't like any of the people in this story and I really don't care what happens to them. If I tried, maybe I could muster up some 'like' for Deke. As much as I dislike tossing my money out the window, I'd rather not waste my time. So I am leaving this book unfinished.
I don't understand all the good ratings. I am totally bored with this book. The reader is good, but there is no mystery, no 'detecting'. If I had wanted just a fiction book about Africa this would be the one. But I wanted a mystery to solve.
And to make matters worse for me, I purchased 3 of these series books before I listened to the first one. I don't make that mistake anymore.
The story line was ok, but I would much prefer the 'angst' to end sooner so the story can move along.
I have come to the conclusion that there should be two narrators in an audio book - male and female. Nate sounds like he is 5 ft tall and weighs 100#, with a very sore throat. It really takes away from the story. Allie's voice is too childish.
There were parts where I was laughing out loud - I like it when the author feels it is ok to put humor into a story when the main theme is romance/thriller. After all, life is not all one or the other.
I will probably purchase the next book. I really hope the angst has calmed down and will not be the predominate theme in all the books to come, but from the ending in this book, I am thinking book two will have a great deal of self-doubt (I love him/her but he/she hates me). Hopefully it won't be drawn out like this story was.
I hope there will either be a different narrator, or this narrator will adjust the voices.
I hope Danny Boyle never grows up. His comments can be hilarious. The line about Fox had me reversing the audio so I could hear it again. But I must say that there was way too much vulgar language in this book. I know the author was making a point but it was overdone. I think it could have been handled better. You can make a person obnoxious with a little vulgarity, not overkill. That is why it's 4 stars instead of 5.
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