A great combination of Chinese history, present Chinese political environment AND usual Cotton Malone/Casiopia Whitt action. Anyone up-to-date with current events knows that the China's need for oil outpaces even that of the US. This book's premise is current and thought-provoking while entertaining with the usual "will they make it" (although you know they will) tension. That said, this isn't really the book to start with in the Cotton Malone series. Steve Berry's earlier books set the stage so I'd recommend buying his first book and then following them sequentially. Highly entertaining and I would definitely recommend.
The story was involving, twisty, almost impossible to predict--all the things that make for a good who-done-it listening experience. However, the narrator was absolutely marvelous and elevated the listening experience to something that was impossible to put down. Every moment was believable and enjoyable and Mr. Glenister never got confused with the characterizations. Will definitely hope for a continuation of this series--there's WAY more material to delve. Feel we barely scratched the surface of possibilities.
Another great listen by Karin Slaughter. Will and Faith are integral to the story but other characters' (from earlier books) points of view are examined in depth, as well. Totally engaging performance and kept me guessing (which is hard to do). No spoilers here but it was terrific to see (that is, hear) Sara and Will progress in their relationship. Would definitely recommend.
Have been an Audible member since inception of the website and this is, by far, the most involving series of books I've listened to! I usually download and listen to books to keep me entertained while doing (not fun) projects around the house. I discovered the world of Calderon while in the midst of painting/re-staining 67 shutters and 32 doors this summer. The books were so great and the narrator so mesmirizing that I kept working each day just to have the excuse to keep listening! I even PAID for two books because I couldn't wait for my next set of credits! Now that I have finished all six, I have started again at the first and plan to listen to them all again. The narrator is gifted with so many different "voices" and characterizations you never get the characters confused (which, with longer books, is sometimes easy to do). I highly recommend.
I've listened to many of Christine Feehan's books and several of this series. However, the step by step destruction of a character in the initial, "getting to know you" stages of the book was so difficult to listen to, I lost all attachment to the narrative and was unable to continue. Rarely do I stop listening to a book. I don't quite know what the author was thinking to write these terrible scenes without first letting the reader develop some rapport/relationship/history with the character. Maybe reading the book would be better because one could merely skip over the disturbing parts and get on with the rest of the story. Sorry I can't recommend it because the series is very enjoyable.
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