After the first 30 minutes which promised interest ( I gave this travesty one star so the powers-that-be wouldn't think I had skipped that step--it deserves zero stars), this was the worst written piece of trash I have ever listened to (and I have stuck with some junk); actually, I could not stand listening to the last 45 minutes and just quit. Happily I had something better to turn to: Wodehouse's 'A Damsel in Distress' which is marvelous. So your choice is clear: do you want to listen to a cliche ridden piece of nonsense or a classic.
Altho I agreed with the politics (very heavy-handed, tho), the story was execrable; so the question is 'is Grisham getting his acolytes to write the books or has he just run out of ideas?'
I wouldn't bother to write now if this book had gotten the reviews that it deserves, but it didn't. Maureen Corrigan played it way down and I didn't bother to listen for a long time, but for the genre, this is top drawer. The characters are excellent, and it is well plotted. What I am really hoping is that this will become a series.
All the other reviews make this book sound entrancing, but, in fact, it is boring. It loosely strings together stories, not in any particular order or of any particular interest from Irish history or folklore. The uniting principle is contrived (a young man looks for a story teller). Although the book is well written and well read, the material is tiresome.
This is the same kind of relentless political rant that one finds in Atlas Shrugged; not only do I disagree with the philosophy, but the action which one expects from Crichton was far-fetched (actually, I guess living dinosaurs are pretty far-fetched too but this was unbelievable action in a believable setting). Probably I could have suspended my credulity, if I had not been so put off by Creighton's preaching: e.g. Environmentalists are likely to be terrorists, DDT should never have been banned and LOTS more in that vein. Sometimes I disagree with the criticisms of the narrator (Anna Fields is always wonderful it's JCO's latest book that is bad), but in this case, they are justified.
An unbelievable, unrealistic plot, one dimensional characters, one ridiculous chase scene after another make this novel a waste of time. I am really nervous now about heeding reader reviews since this book got good ones. The only almost accurate remarks were that this would make a good action movie (TV is more like it) as some of the escapes from implausible situations were at least ingenious. One star is actually generous for this book.
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