I would think that anyone paid to read a book would learn how to pronounce the names of the places in the book. I guess this won't bother anyone from outside of the NW, but it sure grated on my nerves.
A glance at the other reviews reminds me that there are a lot of different preferences in books. My preference is for more action and a lot less weather observations. Also, I found myself stopping the book at the top of the hour to listen to the news which I found more interesting than the book. This is one of those books when you invest so much time you just plod through to the end not really caring if the main characters survive, much less finding out who did the dirty deed. But like I said, there are lots of different interests in books and if you like slow, methodical, whodunits, this is your cup of tea.
This book has 19+ hours of building up to 15 minutes of action. Darn - I could have spent the time listening to a book that had some action in it. However, once you're into a book 8 or 10 hours you have to gut it out.
I'm worried that Griffin is turning into a Clancy i.e. paid by the word count and not the story line. This book could have been trimmed in half and not lost a thing. Assuming you've read the first books in the series, you get to read them again in this book. My theory is if someone hasn't read them, then they miss out on part of the background. That beats a loyal reader going over old turf now and again.
Hill is a fine narrator but you have to play the hand you're dealt.
I'll keep listening to Griffin. Everyone has a bad day at work. Hopefully, this is Griffin's bad day.
This is perhaps the most compelling book I have ever listen to in the over 200 books I have purchased from Audible. The other reviewers are much more articulate than I, but as a veteran who has served in combat I wake at at night debating if I could have survived, and I question if I would. That conclusion leaves a cold pit in the stomach. In any other book, I would wonder if "civilians" can truly appreciate this story. In this book, the author brings everyone into the POW camp, without the smells but with the fear. The twist comes in the final chapters - not to be revealed in this review.
Whew, I have finally got to the point of fast forwarding to survive this author. The premise of this story is good, but the theme is buried under brutally long boring sections of trivia. If ever an author needs to have his works abridged for audio, it's this guy.
I almost didn't buy this book after a few bum reviews. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally went on a road trip and listened to my favorite characters in this new venture. If you want great literature, buy Dickens. If you want a good chuckle, stick to Evanovich.
I don't think I've ever written a review of a book, but I am compelled to protect other folks from buying this disaster. I am wading through this book like a man wearing snowshoes in a muddy field. This is a book that makes glaciers seem like they are galloping ice fields. Enough said.
Hey, when you can mix in the CIA, FBI, German POW's, lost treasurers, kidnapping, and general mayhem, it can't be all bad.
Maybe living on Puget Sound and being a native of this state makes me more generous in my review, but I found this book to be a delightful coming of age book. The ending was a bit abrupt for my wife, but I would rather have a few questions unanswered and left to the imagination.
You either like this woman or you don't. She really doesn't add anything to my sexual awareness but when you happen to be 30 minutes into a 60 minute workout on the treadmill she beats CNN. It's about what I learned as a junior in High School but, what the hell, it takes the pain away.
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