I haven't even finished this yet but felt i needed to write a review - I am loving the book. The writing is excellent, the narrator is perfect, the story is captivating, and I am thoroughly and completely "hooked". I love backstories like this that form the foundation for development of a character, so I am eager to finish this book and get on to the second book. I am looking forward to continuing with this series as it develops.
I was so disappointed in this book. The premise of the story was interesting, but its potential was dashed by the end of the first third of the book and it became not much more than a cheap and tawdry story of greed and evil. (NOTE that this is NOT a science fiction novel!) Worse yet, some of the major characters were obviously based on real-life well-known people of current time - and poorly at that.
There were, fortunately, a few interesting twists and turns in the story that kept me interested enough to finish it, mostly out of curiosity to see how it ended (especially considering this is the first of a trilogy).
The really awful part, though, was the narration. It was so poorly done, primarily because the narrator chose to create these ridiculous "voices" of the characters that were demeaning, annoying, and downright disgusting. I really wish narrators would NARRATE and not try to "act" out the story.
There are 2 more books in this trilogy that I would have considered, but they have the same narrator, and that in itself has killed that possibility.
I have always been fascinated by the story of the discovery of DNA, but this book far exceeded my expectations. Although I am not a scienctist, this book presented the key scientific aspects of the research in a way that I easily understood them. More importantly, though, I enjoyed hearing about the various personalities that were involved in one way or another with the scientists. The narration was outstanding! It was a perfect match to the subject matter. I am so grateful that Watson wrote this book. It's a great contribution to science and the world.
One of the best - I love historical fiction like this and Robert Harris is an excellent author in this genre.
too many to pick just one
I really felt he personified the main character very well. I also loved his pronunciation of the Greek names.
yes... but it was too long and I had to eat and sleep. :)
Just a really good
interesting and thought-provoking
hard to say...
the youthful voice of the narrator as the main character brought life to the story
What our future might be...
Although there were a few hokey dialogs, the story was intriguing. I thought the title was misleading because the plague itself is not a main element of the story; it is the aftermath that froms the basis of the story. I would have liked the story to be a bit longer; therre were many areas I would have loved to have seen developed a bit more. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the book.
A rewrite of the opening
I'm not even sure which genre this book will fit in. I will definitely never read/listen to anything else written by Douglas Preston. Instead of good writing, he relies on tacky blood-and-guts. It's bad enough that we are overwhelmed with this kind of garbage in our TV and movies... I will not tolerate it in my books.
None...I was so disgusted by the first chapter, i quit reading after the 2nd chapter
This is a pathetic book. From its synopsis, it sounded like a great story, but the author cheapened himself and his story with unnecessary brutality.
I was hooked on this story as soon as I started listening to it - the plot promised to be intriguing, but by the time I was halfway through the book, I felt the quality of writing began to deteriorate and I was eventually disappointed and offended that the author felt he had to include an unnecessary, gratuitous, and tawdry sex "scene" between 2 of the main characters. I really wish that (a) authors --- esp. male authors -- would realize that a great story is not enhanced in this way and/or that (b) book descriptions indicated some kind of "rating" - a la movie ratings - for this kind of content. I am not a prude or puritan - I just love a good story and hate being desitracted with irrelevant and unnecessary nonsense. On a footnote: I am not adverse to a romantic or sexual connection between characters, but there is no need for it to be spelled out like a porn novel.
The story line of this book is unquestionably fascinating and moving in every respect, especially with regard to the historical and cultural aspects of the life of the main character and his family. In general, the writing style is fascinating, but the book is too long and the extended sex scenarios presented through the book are seriously overdone and sometimes irrelevant (esp. in the detail provided) to the story. I found myself skipping tracks looking for a return to relevant storytelling, especially in the last third of the book. In summary, this book could have been reduced by one-third to one-half of its current size and still have been powerful and strong in its story.
I also was not crazy about the narrator - he seemed to have more of a heavy New York (Brooklyn) accent and it just did not fit the main character's narrative at all -- I really had to struggle to get past his voice and accent because I wanted to hear this book. More than anything, when the setting of the story moved to San Francisco (I live in the SF Bay Area), I found it extremely annoying that the narrator mispronounced almost every SF location named in the story. When a book is recorded, I believe that great care should be made to ensure that every word in the book is pronounced correctly.
Overall, this may be a book better read in print than listened to, unless you are adept at skipping tracks and/or fast-forwarding/rewinding.
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