Good, economical, life-like writing, very well narrated. The only annoying aspect was a number of pop-culture references which I thought were "so 80s". Only later I learned the book actually was written in 1988. So, what's happening? Why is it the only one available of the obviously marvellous series? Please give more soon!
An infantile soup of high-flying ideas, home-baked philosophy, overblown gore and tasteless wisecracking. The most annoying aspect of DK-s writing is his total incapability of creating believable characters. In the matter of seconds, everyone in this book is able to go from normal to effortless killing to terrible remorse to lightweight lame-joking. Everyone from a street cop to a neuro-scientist seems also to have attended the same public speaking classes for they all use the same vocabulary and really annoying, incredibly long smartass sentences. They are cartoons from some film noir parody, not real people. This all could be funny if only the author wouldn't want so desperately to make us FEEL for all that's happening there.
One of the better books of the Audible Ludlum-series. Keeps you interested at least 2/3 of it's length.
Listening to this story I had to wonder constanly how can all its grand schemes and extreme situations and melodrama driven to a limit leave me so untouched. Bad writing, what else...
This book is as far away of artistic writing as I've ever seen a novel to be. Purely formula-driven, mechanical in every way. The characters are unbelievable (often unbelievably stupid). The main hero is supposed to be this super-spy, yet he keeps failing to see the most obvious answers and being extremely clumsy in all the fights, nevertheless killing all his super-trained enemies by stupid luck and coincidence. The comedy of this is unfortunately unintentional. Pronounciation of the Russian words is as bad as ever with the US audio-books. Please contact some native speakers!
The plot was most enjoyable aspect of this book. Even though one could see it coming before actually told, the idea itself was very original. All the innumerable miraculous escapes became a little too much, though. Especially because some of those were well explained. 10 extra points for trying to see the other side of the fight between US and islam.
Indeed the best audio book ever - long, compelling, very well narrated. Yet, it could have been even better. I wish the editors and the narrator would have taken better care of getting the Russian pronunciation right. A bit of advice from any Russian speaker would have helped to avoid the repetitiously ear-hurting stuff like "dakha" where it should have been "datcha" (a summer house in Russian) or "Staaarik" where the correct pronunciation should have been "Stariiik". Small matter, I know, but why not make something truly 1000%?
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