The Langdon formula still works. Surprising and unexpected twists to a clever plot and great narration all combine for a satisfying listen.
There is simply no better narrator than John Lee, and I have never heard a better performance than this..
Im not sure I like the play between first person and third person grammar throughout the book when switching between hero and villain narrative. The nonstop NYC cop smart-alec quipping of John Corey is annoying, not clever. The books in this series feel too much alike, so despite strong narration I'm not overly enthusiastic with this rating.
Having listened to Mayday by this author recently, I was disappointed to find some of the same plot lines in this book. I was willing to accept the storyline of analog audiovideo technology so central to the drama of this book, however the author could not overcome the slow pace and what i thought were fairly unimaginative developments. After some build up towards the end, I found the conclusion to be thoroughly unsatisfying, almost farcical.
Book 2 might be a step back from book 1 but nevertheless is worth the credit. Good narration.
Whenever I make a long road trip I carefully select a book that will grab my attention to the point where I can drive the 1200 miles between Maryland and Miami nonstop. At about a third way through the book I was ready to give it 2 stars partly because of the spoiler effect of reading the review from an enthusiastic listener from Texas (Mayday is Magnificent) that gave away far too much plot, as well as what I thought were the misrepresentations of the acute effects of oxygen deprivation which grated on the sensibilities of my professional medical training. Either the research was poor, or the author resorted to journalistic license. Additionally, with the plot focused mainly on a single aircraft, the drama felt constricted for a while. I got easily distracted till near the midway point, and then became engrossed. Although rather predictable with no shock revelations nor surprising plot twists, the 2nd half moves along briskly enough, with good intersecting lines that were rather well juxtaposed. I thought the terse tone and inflections of the narrator were forceful and convincing, and for me his performance was as strong as the story, which eventually was entertaining enough to keep me awake through all night driving without caffeine. I would have given the story 5 stars but the fantastical characterizations of anoxia were a stretch, and writing that was just a bit too colorful for me to ignore; nevertheless overall very entertaining, and highly recommended.
Im not a great dog lover but this story moved me to tears. Great insight into animal psychology, very entertaining.
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