This is my idea of a good sci fi read. I didn't see the twists coming and they kept coming. The consistency of the "facts" as determined by the author was refreshing. I wasn't distracted from the story line by criticising flaws. One issue I had with this book was trouble really getting close to or identifying the characters.
I felt trapped in a merry-go-round of stories from beginning to end. No, if this type of flashback or revisiting or out of order storytelling is the style, I would not be interested in another book by this author.
No, not if I understand which time period it is referring to and the treatment it receives.
Then narration helped the interpretations; but couldn't fix the story.
I have never asked for a credit back on a book, until now.
Yes, I love the hearing the various brogues; but, wouldn't want to read them. That adds so much.
Yes. I like the style, but I was disappointed in this book at the constant repeats of phrases.
Absolutely, the goodbye scenes were powerful. It wasn't my favorite, but made me cry - weep - when the Heroine says goodbye to her daughter. The cut curl exchange absolutely put me over the edge.
I did love the author's expressed appreciation of the sea and how the sea was in her blood.
The Adm. Uncle was my most memorable character. I love the way he was always watching, protecting and teaching. Also, the author wove him in and out of the story with what he had been doing somewhat of a mystery at times. In many ways, he actually was the hero.
Why was I disappointed? When I read the summary of the book, I thought that it would be historical in nature with some writer's license to build the historical characters into the story to help bring facts to real life. Specifically, why would the author spend so much time in Paris and yet not really tie it into the story? And the story in history hardly told is still - in my mind - still hardly told. Maybe I just missed something in the message carriers coming and going and the ships fighting. I definitely didn't get the Queen's interest in the heroine.
With all that said, I did really enjoy this book and will no doubt listen to it again.
With such a long epic as this, many characters are introduced. Cronin did an excellent job of developing each character as the story moves along, so that the reader stays involved and concerned about what will happen next. He brings out a depth of discussions on violence, love, deceit, philosophy, action, morality and purpose of life through the characters in such a way as the reader can't help but ask one's self about those issues in real life.
It is a long book. I got a lot more housework, yardwork and ironing done than I realized because I just didn't want to stop listening just yet. Usually, I would pick up another job just to get to the end of the current chapter. As I approached the end, I was still concerned about the characters future as I continue to reflect upon my own changing "Passage."
I am a true fan of strange happenings set in our world - scientific mysteries that may be or could be real. This book took me on its twists and turns of scientific observations and deductions while developing the characters into people that you care about. Don't assume that you know what this book covers by the title. And, like good mystery novels, it is fun to see how soon in the story you deduce "who done it!"
There have been so many really scary stories from King where the fear comes from the external environment. Great scares! This story studies that the real scare comes from within human nature. Under unreasonable, undeniable external stress, humans can act unnaturally scary. This story studies how a core of rotten characters added to a crew of extremely susceptiple folks; can twist a normal community into a terrifying place to be. And, isn't the most real of tangible of fears those that come from inside?
Raised as a strict protestant, I think I know the Bible pretty well. This author took an era out of the Old Testament and spun a compelling story around the land, the lifestyles and some facts out of the Bible. But, what I liked the best about this book was a deep exploration of women and their relationships in a very male dominated world. Sharing and caring for each other throughout their lifetimes takes on a larger impetus than in other times and places. This close examination of their lives helped me re-evaluate my own relationship with the women in my life.
If you enjoy getting a history lesson by hearing a well written story set in an era, you should love this book. Besides becoming very fond of the primary characters, I felt truly enlightened about how life was "back then." Spanning a period of many years can be difficult to follow or to care about if not handled skillfully. I felt this author did a terrific job of aging the characters while building their history. Also, this book provided a different perspective on a culture that heretofore I felt was rather boring, shallow and primative. Go ahead, read it and stretch your mind.
The style of storytelling was grey and bleak which built on the feeling of what the story was telling. I was disturbed by that sense of hopelessness; and at the same time, was totally drawn into the character's personality. It was fascinating to me to have an entire book be both intriguing and repulsive.
I have come to appreciate the thrilling twists and turns of Stephen King. This book does not disappoint one of that expectation. I loved the detailed descriptions of the scenes and feelings of the hero. Just when you think you know where it is going, it changes. Don't think you will figure out the end too early and what fun to have all the loose ends weave into a fantastic fabric of story.
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