The Pendergast novels are fascinating on so many levels. I can't get enough of them!
Part history, part science, a lot of crime and the amazing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the Pendergast novels. Jonathon Marosz's narration is very good. Especially when it comes to Pendergast's voice.
The story was great. A new threat, (to me at least,) to kill millions of people is at the heart of the story. The are plenty of twists and turns to keep one's interest and a rich background in world history to boot. The climax came as a surprise as well. The only reason I gave it four stars was that the slow start was made slower by the narrator. While I enjoyed a lot of his narration, it was definitely better when he was relating conversations between people than just reading what was going on. His voice could be monotonous and I found my interest waning during those blocks of text. I had to go back and listen to several pieces of the book to catch the action during those parts due to my mind wandering. All in all, I would listen to more of the books in this series, even with the same narrator.
The point of view and the various narrators was at first confusing. Once I figured out all the characters, it was very entertaining and a unique way of storytelling. I really enjoyed that there were several narrators and not just one. It was never difficult telling one character from the other.
Ben challenging his father.
When Callie described Antonia's playtime with she and Ben.
When Ben defends Callie and Petra.
This was an entertaining book with an interesting story line and unique way of presentation. The narration was very enjoyable. However, Antonia's actions and words, and to a lesser degree, Martin and his wife's were extremely irritating. The three parents acted as though they didn't want to help with the search for their children by their lack of cooperation with the authorities. I found myself yelling and cursing out loud at Antonia's foolishness many times. Antonia's lifelong choices, her refusal to recognize and accept the root of the family's problems and her inactivity in protecting her children were more than I could bear many times. I do understand her actions were typical of a woman in a marriage such as hers, but the protection of her children should have overridden the lack of action and refusal to accept the reality of their situation.
I bought this book on a daily deal and am so glad I did. The characters were well thought out and portrayed. They were just as real people are; both flawed and decent. The story drew me in as only a really well written book can. I don't think I've ever listened to a book that made my heart race as this one did. The action was so realistic and the character's thoughts during the incidents were spot on.
No. Chandler's performance is understated. I found myself looking forward to his characterizations, even though they were not dramatic or particularly "performed".
One incident toward the latter part of the book was so compelling, I found myself almost in tears. Even though I anticipated the incident, the excellent writing made it seem like a surprise and I felt so horribly bad for the character.
Take a chance on this book. I don't think you will regret doing so.
There is no way you can call the reading of this book a "performance". I perform better than this reading to my grandchildren. The narrator was horrible. There was enough of a story that I kept plodding on with the book, but eventually even that became lame. There was more telling of the sexual encounters between Matt and Kate than any supernatural story. This would have been a decent book if it had concentrated on the Drake sisters, their abilities and the problem at hand.
The ending was nothing that couldn't have been foretold after chapter one.
Anybody would have been better.
Disappointment and boredom.
Most of the time I don't care for the author narrating their own books. However, I can't imagine anyone else reading The Wizard of Dark Street. I had a slight problem getting into the story but never considered not listening to the book because of Shawn Thomas Odyssey's narration. His reading of this book is delightful. I couldn't stop listening to his lilting voice and telling of this tale. He brought the characters to life like nobody else could have. Once the story was set up, I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book for adults who like books such as the Harry Potter series as well as young listeners.
I loved Oona. She had so many layers and such enthusiasm for life. I also enjoyed Adler very much. He had heart and character and the accent used by Shawn Thomas Odyssey for him was always fun to hear.
His delightful accents and bringing the characters to life.
The characters who have wound their way throughout the Jack Ryan novels feel like family at this point. The members of this remarkably talented group struggle with everyday wishes and problems. You care about what happens to them.
I listened to this just days before the Chinese government hacked into several US companies. Their People's Liberation Army is believed to be behind cyber attacks which have, in 2013, been accused of hacking into Facebook, Apple, the New York Times, companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the United States such as the electrical power grid, gas lines and waterworks and and US government agencies, among others. While this is a work of fiction, Clancy has once again tapped into the events that are shaping life as we know it right now. The intricate chain of events and weaving together of the lives of each character keep you on the edge of your seat. The level of reality to what is really coming out of China today will scare the heck out of you.
Tense and scary
This is not my favorite Pendergast novel. If it had been my first Pendergast experience, I wouldn't have cared at all about the characters and probably wouldn't have read the other books. There was not enough character development. And compared to Scott Brick, Rene Auberjonois's performance doesn't hold up, especially when it comes to Pendergast's voice.
Rene Auberjonois is a wonderful actor and narrator, just not for Pendergast. So...yes.
This is by far the best book I've "read" on women with ADD. The understanding of women with ADD is spot on and there are a few practical suggestions. It helped me appreciate myself and gain back some of my self esteem. However, the recording is absolutely the most annoying recording I've ever listened to. I don't have a problem with Sari Solden's "monotone" as some people have noted; I find her voice rather soothing. But for a person with ADD, particularly, the background noise, obnoxious music and other sound effects are horrific. I cringed every time they started. I wouldn't subject my worst enemy to this recording.
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