Maybe I ought not to review this, but half way through, I just had to give up. While I liked the Rome part, leaving Rome just killed it for me. I couldn't bear listing to the author telling herself, that she loved her any more..
Normally I like the Harlan Coben/Scott Brick combo, but this book was slow and boring - sorry Harlan, I cant finish it, I give up now with one hour or so to go...
Scott Brick is awesome as usual.
Not really, I found it very difficult to focus on the story, I constantly lost my attention. The Passage on the other hand, I listened to for hours and hours in one sitting, this has taken me quite some time to get through.
The characters felt flat and I kept forgetting who was who, and the pace was slow.
Maybe my expectations where too high, but they were not fulfilled.
I have read that Kindle books and other books have illustrations, I am surprised these are not included in the audio download, maybe that had made it easier to keep track of the characters.
Scott Brick is my fave narrator, but even with him and his portrait of the characters it was confusing.
Get the book or the Kindle version - or at least find the illustrations and character lists somewhere prior to listening.
A better story and proof reading. Too many times are we told that Julian is the closest Maura has to a son, we are taken back to the Ice Cold book. I have read that book, I don't need for that story to be mentioned again and again.
The same phrases are used repeatedly, and I am really surprised Tess Gerritsen is releasing this.
Normally I am caught by her books, but not this one, it was rather hard to finish.
Probably, I like her other books.
I love Scott Brick, so he would be my first choice. I didn't particular like some of Tanya Eby's voices for this book.
I was missing the quality I have come to expect from Tess Gerritsen
One of the best books I have listened to. I love Scott Brick, but didn't know the author. The book is well written, characters deep and believable. I certainly recommend this to anyone, the story is great, you get lost in it, will defo get more of his books.
Scott Brick brings out the emotions of the characters, he does it with so effortlessness that I cannot imagine anyone else reading this book.
I heard it in three sittings - and that was only because my phones battery ran out one of the times.
The idea behind the book is great, I love the thought if how things would look if JFK had not been killed and I was really curious. But, the book is too long, I got bored and the narrator was doing my head in. This shold be a read not a performance, I don't want to listen to a man act out a womans sex scene to be honest. Too many circles and a then with this long book the ending is rushed.
I don't know why others would enjoy it more, the book has depth, but for me it got lost in the length. What I did like was the detailed describtion of USA 1958. I am born 1974 in Scandinavia, so that was a treat to read.
I have if not all, then most of Stephen Kings books, this one beloing with my least favorites, but I think it is due to the length and repetition of the story. Land og ago and the past harmonizes, someone ought to do a count of how many times those phrases are used!
If it was less theatrical, I listen to these on headphones, screaming etc is not pleasent then. Craig Wasson has a great reading voice, but I didn't like how he made Sadie this needy person, is she like that in the book, I wonder? If he would only have stuck to reading and not performing, although I have no doubt he is a great performer.
I liked the first half better.
What for an abridged version, I am sure that will rock !
I am disappointed with this book, I have read all the Isle's and Rizzoli books, and loved them. This one, I only finished because I had hope that it would improve.
While I didn't mind the narrator on the last book, I didn't like her in this one. If you can't make an accent, don't do it, and whats up with the nasal sounds?
The plot I had mostly figured out beforehand, long before, and had I know it would circle so much around parenthood, I would have skipped it. This book has taught me, that next time, I will wait for the reviews. This one is mediocre at best, sorry Tess..
The only, and absolutely only reason, that I finished it, was because of Scott Brick. And fair play to him for not being bored out of his eyes narrating this.
The book is predictable, poor ending, way too long, going over and over the same stuff again. And for the plot - it was just too convinient that the bad guy knowing all about mining.
I found it hard to care about the characters, or feel them. Maybe an abridged version had been better, but that would not have changed the unconclusive ending, getting the authors off the hook, way too easy...
I am giving two stars, which one is Scott Bricks narrating, without him, it would have been one star..
Others have mentioned, that they hated when the first part of the book ended, and we shifted 92 years into the future, new people, new way of life, and what happened to everybody else? Those characters so well described ? Well - gone.. I guess they got eaten, or something.
I got really caught up in this book, I could to Scott Brick forever, at first I didn't like his narrating, but then it became such a big part of the story. I love Justin Cronin' level of detail, I can still vision all the place "we" went in the book.
I would recommend it, if you like sci-fi, gruesome tales in the future, survivial of mankind and how we may all learn from this, you'd probably like this as well.
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