Philip Roth may be my favorite author - a factor to take into account with regard to my 5 stars - but my comment is premised, not on the highly acclaimed author, but on the efforts of Dennis Boutsikaris, the narrator. I have listened to hundreds of books, none of which had better narration.
Ron McLarty was excellent. This was my first Baldacci book and while the story was well written, the dialogue great, and the characters well developed, the story was too far-fetched for me - and I can enjoy time travel stories. Moles inserted in every agency and department is unnecessary and seemed more like a bond screenplay than a decent novel.
Washington: A Life
They both have excellent voices and the characters were easily distinguished.
Buy a history book.
Haruki Murakami wrote 1Q84. In other words, 1Q84 was written by Haruki Murakami. Great narration but the brother needs a determined editor with a pocket full of red pens. It wasn't too deep for me, just lazily written.
Great book - I love Follett - being both entertaining and educational (mining, WWI ...), and John Lee has a fine voice. Lee's delivery, however, is a bit too distinctive. First sentence in and I knew this was the reader on Feast For Crows. It doesn't help him that Crows was the least enjoyable of the Game of Thrones series but, mostly it's his over-the-top manner of speech. I keep imagining that I am Elaine Benes, sitting in my office while my boss waxes dramatic on his travels through Peru. But, as they say in Life of Pi, "you can get used to anything."
The book is actually good - as good as the first three (which I loved). It's not that the narrator has a bad voice (he does not), it's his 1940's pulp fiction radio affect. He could pass as the love child of J Peterman and Cap. Kirk. It wasn't that distracting though, having said that, I did find myself laughing out loud on occasion from the narration. All in all, I hope they bring back the original narrator (at two credits per book, they can afford his price).
Moore is hilarious and Bennett is the perfect narrator for his books. I'm always wanting Moore.
No character development. For that matter, no story development. Like reading and unfinished outline of a bad book.
Loved the book. Amazed how he can consistently make the most violent scene poetic. Having said that, am I the only one that feels the book is a bit of a rip off from another book. Can't say the author, but I believe the title is "Blood Meridian."
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