Having just finished the Jeffery Archer novel, Prisoner of Birth, I was ill prepared for the poor quality of this audiobook. A Scot by nature, I always finish my audiobooks, but after 40 minutes I had to call it quits. Am unclear why it was so highly recommended. It seemed very sophomoric.
I selected this book based on the reviews above by Cussler, DeMille and the Chicago Tribune AND because Scott Brick was the narrator. Today after an hour into part II, I had to put it down I was so irritated. Rather than "clean, no-nonsense writing," I found it simplistic and unbelieveable even as a fantasy. To its credit, it offered an interesting combination of facts and visual images, so it could become a (heavily edited)action movie.
Boy I relished the times when I could sneak away from my activities of daily living to listen to this book. The ambling sequencing of visual vignettes and the narrator's pace created a southern atmosphere which rang true and intentional. I was disappointed to learn that there is a different narrator on Burke's other books...though I say that not having heard the other narrator. Just thought he was quite adept at creating believeable vocal characterizations.
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