I enjoyed this book, and agree with others who said you'll need to re-listen several times (it's packed with intricate detail) and if you're looking for a page turner in the like of HBO's Rome, well, it ain't so much. Very interesting though, and I too came away with some understanding of Augustus and his role in transforming the Republic into a monarchy.
Huge fun, great narrator, astounding amount of s__t done by Wilson and the CIA with no oversight. I could be wrong, but it would seem many substantial actions are taken by out government with almost no public knowledge, and this one was a whopper. It's a peek into a world where big decisions are taken in secrecy by very few. Fascinating.
in Dr Collins views. His perplexity on the general public disconnect with the reality of scientific evidence mirrors my own. What he says about the ages-long animosity between science and religion is spot on, and rightly much to the discredit of religion. His repudiation of young Earth creationists and ID'ers almost perfectly aligns with my views although I never considered the interesting argument that these folks may be their own worst enemy and eventually will do more harm to the very faith they seek to protect than good.
I liked much of what I read, but I didn't find his arguments for belief in God compelling. Moral law, desires must have a means to fulfill them, an inner yearning to commune with God - none of these strike me as reliable evidence. A thought provoking listen though.....
but I found myself constantly having to rewind my iPod to catch narrative that was too easily unregistered by daydreaming about what brand food my cat would accept or reject or what various and sundry chores I had on my to-do list.
A good book grabs and keeps your attention - sadly, this one did not. I liked the premise, and really wanted to enjoy this story, but the cliched characters and sometimes hackneyed style (her eyes narrowed, his steely gaze spoke, her look conveyed, bla bla bla, etc) gets tiring and rings false.
I'm 2/3s through so I'm gonna finish listening but I hope the ending justifies my time. Otherwise, James Rollins, you're outta my library:)
This is a relatively short listen at a little over 5 hours, but definitely worth your time if you like Mafioso stuff. The protagonist, an NYPD detective, puts himself in major harms way to make the case for the prosecution. There are numerous tense moments as he gets challenged, threatened, and interrogated. As with all Mafia stories, I found the profusion of characters, motives, schemes and counter-schemes to be confusing at times, but the author moves things along well. I also really liked Chris Meloni's narration - he's an excellent actor (scary in Oz), and a great choice for this reading. I hope he does more work in narration.
This book seemed to start off well. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, so I was looking forward to the listen. As it progressed I found myself unconsciously tuning it out. The characters are really just caricatures - I mean, no one really talks like that - "damm you Yates", I must have heard that 5 times. Then the story gets more and more confusing and ridiculous to the point of silliness. Save your Audible credits for Brick's work on Nelson Demille's novels.
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