This book is a documentary and reads as such, which is to say that it doesn't read like a novel. It's not a "page-turner," but it is an interesting portrayal of a tenacious boxer during the depression.
Great book, but extremely violent.
I found the audio preview clip distracting and almost didn't download this book. However, the narrator is actually quite good and grew on me. Worth 2 credits.
This was a "page turner" for me. It's a little trashy at times (which might turn off some), but has a lot to offer. The building of the cathedral provides a framework for the various sub plots. I found the characters reasonably realistic.
Definitely read this book before "World Without End," which is a sub par rehash.
I picked this up having already listened to "Down River", which I recommend over this book. I didn't think all the characters were entirely believable; however, my complaints would spoil the book, so I'll leave it at that.
This book moves terribly slowly and is written in a rather staid style. This might be intentional (historically accurate?), but I found it boring.
I think the trilogy could have easily fit in the 12 hours I listened to.
This book is practically the same as Pillars of the Earth; 90% of the characters have analogues in World Without End. It deserves 1 star for originality (and for the author wanting to double his revenue); however, Pillars of the Earth was entertaining enough to be told it again, so I'd give it 5 stars for that.
I definitely wouldn't listen to them back to back. Perhaps a year or two in between would be appropriate.
I really liked "The Woods," which should be read first. I had to suspend disbelief too much in this book -- the main character can act like a B horror movie protagonist.
However, the book is fairly intelligent and entertaining and I'd recommend it.
This book allegedly centers around on an online RPG; however, the author clearly has no idea what an RPG is. There's no roleplaying, just a series of puzzles. That would have been okay, as I like puzzles; however, the puzzles are impossible to solve without knowing obscure facts about Scotland. The listener is forced to sit in the back seat and watch the detectives fumble around.
Moreover, the author is rather ignorant about the internet (even the 2001 internet). This doesn't stop him from presenting erroneous (even for 2001) lectures on technical jargon.
The author's ignorance is passed on to the detectives who make all sorts of other bad decisions. At least one character has the decision making abilities of a B horror flick.
Having said that, I was able to finish the book, but it feels terribly dated in 2009.
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