There is an excruciating amount of detail on the geography, technology and peoples of the world. So much so that even after 5 hours Im horribly confused on who is who, what technology is what. Im very used to technology and sci-fi but this one leaves me muddled.
The endless descriptions!
Performance is good but check out the sample to see if you like his voice. Very deep and gravelly.
Yes - visuals of this would make it so much easier to follow. Also I assume it would be abridged!
maybe its me, but give this one a miss, there are so many other classics out there.
What is there to say - if you are a fan then having the complete works with wonderful narration is a must.
Watson - its elementary.
Given I've listened to so many I cant rate it in the very best. The character development is shallow for instance, however surprisingly for this genre I did feel connected to the main characters and their relationship. Its an emotional ending (wont say happy or indeed sad) which again is surprising.
Great narration from Raul Esparza as usual.
Rachel and Sam - there arent that many others!
Yes but I wont say!
Yes, Brysons dry narration is always a joy
I already own all of them
Exactly the same as usual - if you like Bryson this is a definite buy.. but if you dont then avoid it!
There are moments of history that are extremely saddening, and Bryson gives his perspective. However most of the book is humorous to laugh out loud.
It's collection of happenings and events that are loosely tied around one theme - the summer of 1927. It's like having him round for dinner and saying.. tell us a story or two Bill.
TOO MUCH BASEBALL! I know his Dad was a baseball reporter and Im sure its a fab sport but wayyy too much coverage in this book
Yes as I'm a big Pratchett fan. No as it was, by far, the worst novel he has penned.
The characters where very thin, not 'believable'. I must admit I didn't really follow the plot. (and on this one occasion Terry lost the plot).
There where several occasions that sentences just didn't make sense.
Stephen does a good, though not as great a job as usual
This is only for die hard fans!
Great pacing, excellent characters, involved though not too complex of a plot with a few nice twists. Narration was excellent – I have no idea of the accuracy of the Russian pronunciation however it sounded very authentic. I do not know how historically accurate a view of Stalinist Soviet Union it is – however I know enough that it is certainly believable. Kept me guessing right up to the last minutes.
Be warned it is an adult book with some very disturbing imagery – especially if you are a parent. There is also coarse, though relevant language throughout. Also remember it is a thriller so there may be some occasions where you need to let relax your believability criteria!
As an extensive audiobook listener this is one of the best I have heard.
Im definitely a Robert Harris fan. His mix of historical thrillers are excellent. I am no historian and as such am unaware how accurate or otherwise his portrayal of events are.
This is one of his poorer attempts - of course very similar to the next in the series - Conspsirita. The main reason is the emphasis on not just one, but multiple court room 'dramas'. There is little drama as such but a lot of political intrigue. Fine if you like that. You need to pay attention to the multitude of different characters that come, and go. However narration is perfect and you will become attached to the main 'master and servant'.
I would give 3.5 stars if I could. Great narration and good enough to finish, but not 'page turning'.
Enthralling documentary on one of the, many, monsters from the Third Reich. A monster by his actions but a mouse as a man.
One criticism and its a big one is the story is very long winded and repetitive. It could have ben recounted in half the time and still be as powerful. Perhaps more time couldve been spent on this trial?
If you have interest in the topic I would recommend. Excellent narration helped me through this.
As a voracious audible listener Im very familiar with publishers marketing of a title. However in this example its misleading. In effect you will listen to the biography, admittedly of a very interesting character, but its not what is advertised.
As another reviewer stated..how many times can you say the same thing in different ways? The answer in this case ad infinitum! The story is disjointed and feels in all honesty like a rewriting of someone's memoirs.
However three stars as the narration and production are excellent.
Excellent. Very rarely do I give a 5 star review. However this book deserves it. Great plotline, great pacing, wonderful narration.
Various comments I read mention the ending. Not every ending has to have a nice ribbon tied around it.. You are left to ponder. What a great thing for a book to do. Maybe there will be a sequel, maybe not. Your mind can wander through the possible scenarios.
Its relatively techy so if you are a luddite avoid, but its very up to date and real technology. People comment on the far fetched or unbelievable plot.. Its a story not a news report! Do all movies you watch have to be believable? If everybook had to be 'believable' not very much would happen.
If you like a good hi-tech thriller, with believable characters and occasional accidental heroes this is the one. Worth a risk.
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