So far, I haven't found a Bryce Courtenay book that I didn't like. This is no exception. The reader is awesome. I am now headed for the third book in the trilogy.
Bought this book based upon all of the raving reviews. It was over rated. I finished the whole thing, but I wasn't in any hurry. There wasn't anything about this book that caused me to want to hear more, and it seemed to just plod along. Personally, I'd save the credit for a better story.
This was a very good book. I learned a lot about the Japanese POW camps that I didn't know. It is a story of sheer determination, the horrors of war, and the recovery process of the POWs. Certainly worth a credit and a solid 4 stars, but never gripped me enough to get the coveted 5-star rating.
This book was pretty far out on the plot limb for a Grisham novel. I read the original way back when books were on paper. I'm still a fan of Grisham, I just like some of his other work better.
through all of the holes and weakness in this plot. Pretty uninspired, not plausible, etc.
The recording quality was poor if you like to listen through a car system, as the narrator lapsed into low volume when he did a female voice. I got tired to turning the volume up and down to hear a dialog.
While I did finish the book, I really didn't care about the ending.
Guess I was hoping for more given the other reviews, but this was just so-so. We'll read and I got through the story, but it seemed to drag in places.
This was a fun read. I enjoyed the main character and his many quirks. All of the characters were fun together, well written and well read. Definitely worth a credit.
I remember reading this book when it first came out and thinking how good it was. I've listened to it now because I want to listen to World Without End and wanted the continuity…and I still think its a really good book.
There are some really evil people and really good people in this book, and of course they clash. Nothing new in that plot line.
This book is more like a soap opera, but Follett makes them characters that you care about and want to hear about. The plot moves along at a steady pace and the struggle between good and evil is well crafted.
Well worth the credit.
This was a good book for a quick read. Not too exciting, but an OK story that didn't bog down anywhere. While it didn't make me want to run out and find another book by this author, I wouldn't turn down one if it was on sale...
My favorite Grisham novels seem to be the ones where his dry sarcasm comes through. There is some of that in this book, so I enjoyed it. And even though Frank Muller isn't one of my favorite readers, his style works to bring across the dry wit and sarcasm.
This book is typical of Grisham's better novels.
What I have always liked about this author in the past is that his plot and premiss have always teetered on the edge of plausibility. This book…no way. No one could suspend their disbelief enough to even remotely consider this plot as anything even remotely plausible. Because of this, I found the book tedious. I did finish it, but I'm not sure why I bothered.
I'll be more careful about my next purchase from his author.
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