Overall, this isn't a bad book. My only complaint is that it gets very long winded and I just about didn't finish because of it.
Overall, this was a good book but no where near Da vinci Code or Angels and Demons. In fact I was often confused by Langdon's character. In previous books he seemed open minded where in this book he came across very closed minded. Much of the story seemed repetitive and there were parts where it dragged on. This was not a "must listen to now" book like the other two.
Even with those faults, it was an interesting storyline that I did enjoy... I just wished it had been delivered better.
I was having a hard time just staying awake during this audiobook. While 3 hours doesn't seem like a long book, the information here could have been provided in less than 20 minutes.
Being born in 1975 I have no fascination with JFK or any misguided belief that somehow the world would be better today had he lived. No one really knows what would have happened, my guess is that life would be the same. Unfortunately, many baby-boomers seem to think JFK was the greatest man to ever live and I was afraid that King would use this book to push that idea. He definitely reflects that point of view in Al Templeton, but being a King fan I picked up the book anyway because he is most likely the greatest author of our time.
He definitely did not disappoint. This book really isn't about JFK though and its not a horror story at all. Its a story about a great adventure that we all dream of having. It's a story about finding the greatest love of your life, which we all hope to do. In some cases it's a story of sacrifice and sorrow. Whether you have listened to a King book before or not, this is one everyone can enjoy.
The Narrator Craig Wasson does a good job with one major exception. Sadie's voice was just horrible, He didn't capture a good Georgian accent at all and she sounded like a dying horse through most of the book. Other than that, the narration was excellent and captivating.
I had stopped listening to Star Wars books a while back because the writing seemed to be suffering. The Thrawn Trilogy was good, not great, but good and I had listened to many others after that were just OK at best so i had lost interest. I picked this one up because I needed to use a credit before the end of the month and wanted to see how well it tied into the Star Wars Movies. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book seems more written for adults rather than teens and is very well written as well. The story had me interested from the beginning to the end and tied into the movies very well but can definitely stand on its own if you have never seen the movies.
The narrator Daniel Davis took a little getting used to. At the beginning the voice seemed kind of "flat" for a lack of a better word. However, once used to it I was completely engrossed in the story.
This was a very long and in the end disappointing book. There were many places in the book that just seemed to drag on for no reason. The ending was just plain odd and didn't seem to fit with the characters. While there was some excitement during the climatic part of the story, it fell short of truly delivering. I mean the big bad bully is brought down by being made to feel bad for what he has done... really? That's like a Political Correctness wet dream and not even in the realm of realistic... Guess that's why they call it fiction.
As much as I liked the first 3 books, this one just seemed "thrown together" with a lot of filler to make it as long as the other books.
While he was able to predict a lot of what is happening now with the downturn ( though, many predicted it so its nothing special ), his advice is the pure definition of "Speculative Investing". He talks about the tech and housing bubbles, yet wants you to invest in gold when its at an all time high under his assumption that its just going to keep going up and up and up (Sounds like the other bubbles that burst).
I do agree that he recognizes the issues of our economy and does explain it well, although is quite repetitive about it and that was well worth the listen, just ignore the horrible advice he gives ( Like mortgaging your house to invest in foreign stocks, put all your money in gold etc...)
Sometimes King has a hard time keeping a reader interested through the entire book, but not with this one. This story was interesting in the beginning and exciting towards the end. A must listen for any King fan.
I picked up this book thinking it just had to be better than "A"... nothing could be as predictable as "A" was, but I was wrong. It was even more predictable making it even more boring. Anyone with half a clue should be able to figure this "mystery" out within the first hour, making the rest of it really difficult to listen to. I started this series hoping to find a nice long series with exciting characters and even more exciting plots, but based on the first two books the only mystery I have found is how any publisher kept paying Sue Grafton to keep writing this stuff.
This was a great story, but there were many areas where he just kinda dragged the story out. I almost didn't make it half way through the book because all the dragging was getting boring. Finally the story started to pick up and was quite exciting. I think he could have left out much of the fluff and made this book 1/3 shorter and it would have been a 5 star book.
This was an O.K.book, but to be honest, I expected better. The story itself just didn't flow well, wasn't that interesting of a story either. King has many great books, but this isn't one of the great ones.
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