Make sure you don't make the same mistake I did and buy this without listening to the entire sample. The authors narrate parts of this book and they are not very good. Actually, that's an understatement. This might be a fantastic book in print - or might be a great book with different narrators - but I wasn't able to get past the first hour before I threw in the towel.
Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.
Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.
Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.
Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.
I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.
Probably the most amazing thing about this book is that it illustrates how Moses has been a central character in the history of our country and nobody knew it. But it's all there and Bruce does a great job of moving through US history - from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to George W. and Obama. Scholarly and entertaining. I am fascinated about American history and have read and listened to just about anything I can get my hands on and yet, I was constantly educated with this book. I've already started it over again. Well worth the money!
The story was probably pretty good, but the narration...UGH! Buy the paperback.
If only you could remember half of what's in this book... Depending on your personality, you could be the next Cliff Clavin or teach American history. I listen to a lot of history books and find myself going back to listen to something covered in this book. The trouble is - I end up listening to the rest of the book in it's entirely because it's so interesting. I've probably listened to this book about 10 times - I could never delete from my iPod. I wish there was a sequel.
Do yourself a favor and put it in your shopping cart!
I think the story is pretty predictable. Read the publisher's summary and you've got the book. And I'm sorry, but I don't get the whole Scott Brick-thing. To me, he is overly dramatic and certainly can't pull off a regular guy, much less a tough guy like Kurt Semko. He reminds me of Thurston Howell III. I know I'm in the minority. I think this may be my last Finder book and my last Scott Brick listen.
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