This book's content is engaging and might have become engrossing if a professional narrator would have read it. Kirkpatrick is a good journalist and he should just stick with that. And if what he writes about Zuckerberg is accurate then the reader may have been taken for a ride. After all, Kirkpatrick has no serious criticism to offer of FaceBook or Zuckerberg, and he even points out that Zuckerberg usually gets what he wants -- and he wanted a book written about his company! So here it is. Clearly, Kirkpatrick is mostly in awe of the entire Facebook Effect, and that MAY be valid, but we can't be sure from this book because there is simply too much cheerleading going on for us to be too trusting. Nevertheless, good information abounds here so the book is worth the time to either read or listen to it Truth be told, Kirkpatrick's narration (and odd breathing) totally exasperated me about half way through so I downloaded the book and read the rest of it on a Kindle, and I enjoyed the read much more than the listen. Too bad John Lee or Scott Brick didn't get the nod for this one.
The plot is fairly predictable, but the execution of the narrative is the reason you read/listen to a Vince Flynn book. George Guidall is excellent as the narrator and makes listening to the story a fun experience. People who like Flynn will love this and people who haven't tried Flynn might be a little confused by the characters. The cast is pretty much the same as other "Assassin" books and Flynn doesn't bore his regular readers by reconstructing his characters, but newbies might not understand or appreciate some of the conflict between characters. So it is a good book but not one that new Flynn readers should start with.
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