Very disappointed in this one. I bought it on the good reviews, but "come on people!" The plot is very interesting and the narration was good, (those get it 2 stars instead of 1,) but the 'hero' of the story is lame (no pun intended). He started off kinda weak and I expected him to grow stronger, but instead he got weaker and weaker. Couple that with an ending that is unsatisfying and the whole thing comes off as weak, weak, weak. Wish I had skipped the reviews and skipped this book.
I've enjoyed all the Robicheaux books. They are all worth reaking, but this is one of the best of the lot.
Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. He adds a layer of richness missing from the printed page.
I think James Lee Burke could probably write out a grocery list and make you enjoy reading it. His ability to paint the picture of not only what is taking place, but also the emotions of those involved is nothing short of amazing.
It has 3 speeds: Slow, Slower, Zzzzzzz . . .
Not reader's fault. He just didn't have anything to work with.
Out of 400 or so Audible books I have purchased, this one would have to rank in the Worst 5 list, maybe even #1. It's so slow as to be painful. I would best describe it as the Ambien of Audible. If you can't sleep, put this one on and you'll be in lalaland very shortly. The story itself could have been quite good, but it is destroyed by conversation. I mean, NOTHING happens! It's just conversation after conversation followed by train of thought. No need to worry about giving away spoilers with this one - there is nothing to give away.
This is the first book that I truly wished I had not bought. I could never get oriented in it. The plot was confusing and never explained. Perhaps if I had listened to the whole series, it would have been better, but there is no backstory. I was looking for a sci-fi with an aura of belief -- this was NOT it. If you can totally disengage your brain, you might find something here. I could not. Be careful about wasting your money on this one.
I have to say I was rather disappointed with this book. Much of that disappointment comes from too much expectation, given the reviews it received here. It is AT BEST ONLY AVERAGE. Excellent plot, average writing and no characters that I found the least bit likable. It started very slowly and never really gained much speed. How so many people could rate this with 5 stars is beyond me. I can only assume they don't listen to very many books. It's not bad, but it is certainly not exceptional.
The main character is so obtuse, he's annoying. A third grader would have better deductive skills. Also the glaring factual mistakes the author makes are really not acceptable at this level of publishing. A chore to get through, but I finished it. That gives me a star and one for Brown as well.
This was not the Robert Ludlum I have always loved. Unfortunately I saved it to listen to on a long overseas flight and it only added to the tedium of the time on board. About one fourth of the way through, I wished I hadn't started it. It was a chore to complete. The main character is not the brightest bulb on the tree and the long descriptions of scenery and clothing smacked more of a romance novel. Read at you own risk.
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