I was really looking foward to this story, but it's just such a waste. Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and has to outrun people who are trying to kill him. That’s what he thinks anyway. There’s twists and the enemies are not who he thinks they are, but the plot twists are so contrived. The plot its self is depressing, a mad man thinks the world is over populated and wants to wipe out a third of humanity. It just goes on and on about how overpopulated the world is and how there's no hope. There’s so much repetition in phrases and actions, it’s like he’s beating you over the head with things. Fans of the The DaVinci Code liked it because it was clever, and it was fun to see Robert Langdon put clues together and solve a puzzle. There’s too little of that here, and too much focus on why the crazy guy wants to make a plague. It’s overworked, depressing, and just not enjoyable.
There was nothing fun about it – no sense of adventure, no humor, and the characters are like cartoons. They have one trait to their personality- and its always some sort of obsession.
With half of the story being told from female characters point of view, there really should have been a woman voicing those characters. It was like the only way the narrator could represent the female characters was to make his voice some sort of false whisper, and say things more slowly. It’s like every female character was slow and had laryngitis. It was hard to give an credit to the female characters, because you could never forget that you were listening to a man trying to talk like a woman.
The moments were Robert Langdon was working something out- were exactly what fans of The DaVinci code want, but there was just too little of that and too much of an awful story.
The way the author tried to turn the plot around was just terrible. ‘Oh- you thought I was being held hostage and drugged? Because that’s the way the story was written for the first half? No! I was sick and the soldiers all dressed in black that had me in the back of a van were giving me medicine! How could you not know that?’
One of the best, hits all the marks w/ great storytelling and narration.
It's not really a life changing book w/ memorable moments, but there are great moments of anticipation - it's a novel about spy’s and adventure. It’s not boring or overcomplicated in trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad- just the right balance.
He does not go high and whisper when he does a female voice- and he's got enough range with the male characters that you are never confused about who's speaking.
No, but I found myself going around the block one more time to listen a little longer before ending my commute!
It's hard to create a good spy story- I think- without it being all about technology or clichés - and this was about the characters, but there was still enough fast paced adventure to make it interesting. I'm looking foward to this being a series.
One of the best, another moody, creepy mystery from Tana French.
It was great to get a more in depth look at “Scorcher” in this story.
When ever he was giving advise to Ritchie.
I don't know...something about gothic horror
Overall, it was a great addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series. Not as much humor as “Faithful Place”, and there were some parts of Scorchers brooding that dragged a little. The creepy mood, with the desolate house by the sea, and the family slowly going mad, was well set.
Once was enough- but it was a great story.
If you liked any of the Dublin Murder Squad stories, this fits right in and is the best so far. Excellent series, if you liked the Pedergast series, you'll like this as well.
Any scene with the family is riveting and hilarious.
It’s surprisingly funny, which fits in well with the character of Frank, if you’ve gotten a glimpse of him in the prior books. Very witty. Also, the performance is excellent. One narrator, who manages to make every voice distinct. He’s great on the female characters as well and manages to make them all unique without sounding like a raspy whisper.
I really don’t’ listen to books twice, once is enough- but that’s not to say this wasn’t very enjoyable.
It’s a new premise, I haven’t encountered a story like this before. Very clever. You really can’t guess where it’s going, but the plot turns are not so bizarre that it seems like the author was just trying to get write themselves out of a corner. It was very enjoyable.
They were both very good, able to distinguish between a multitude of characters. The only thing that grated a bit was the female Austrian accent, it just did not seem right, and it was distracting. The male accent was perfect, not overdone, but very distinguishable.
No, but I did finish it in record time because it was very interesting.
The story itself is so engaging, the chracters are so well written. The time period and the plot are so interesting, you think you know what's going to happen and how it's all going to end- but you will be so surprised. The peformance of Julie by the narrator is amazing. She's so expressive.
If anything I'd compare it to Tinker, Taylor, Soilder, Spy, the film, but with younger characters, and more levity and friendship.
The performances are amazing, just brilliant. You feel like you are meeting the characters. The spark of personality that they convey with the narration really makes it an experience.
Yes, we listened to it on a road trip- and found ourselves sitting in parking lots before takeing a meal break because we wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Yes, this was a great story and well performed. The mystery aspect is solid, intriguing, and comes together well for resolution.
The main character, Frieda Klein is very interesting and likable, yet flawed enough to seem real.
No, but this was very good. She does the main character wonderfully, and differentiates the female voices well. The accents do not make you cringe, and the male voices are not bad at all. She really makes it a performance.
Yes, it was very hard to put it down for a while!
This is probably one of the best Audible books I’ve downloaded. The story moves at a good pace, is very well read and well written. It’s like listening to a movie. The plot is fun, but not gory. It’s party mystery, part Scifi and part horror.
I enjoyed this in the way I enjoyed World War Z. While this does not have a cast of narrators, or different POV in the same way as WWZ, there are many characters involved (but not too many to keep track of) and they each have a different role. It’s also fun, in the way WWZ was fun, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s still worth your time and would appeal to a variety of people.
No particular favorite, I enjoyed them all, there wasn’t a section that dragged.
It's not really that type of story.
The voice work was fantastic. While there was only one narrator, he did a great job of differentiating the characters, male and female. I can’t stress that enough. With so many character’s, interacting with each other in a group, it could have been difficult to tell them apart, but not with this narrator. You always knew what character was in action. The accents were great, not cringe worthy or overdone.
It's on the better end, solid story, interesting characters and an inventive plot.
The main character was interesting, I would look for more in the series.
The voices were great, characters were differentiated well and none of the accents or dialects were over exaggerated.
The whole book was pretty well paced and interesting.
I would read/listen to more in the series.
It’s a collection of vignettes about a common experience, and there’s just so much variety. At the same time, they all work together. This is really the most enjoyable thing I’ve read/listen to/ been entertained by in a long time.
Maybe Steven King's The Stand, in that it has many POV about a common event.
There is a very talented full cast. It was so great to hear the different actors represent the characters. It was more like listening to a movie then an audio book.
Yes, actually, I found myself really liking some of the characters, and wanting to hear more from them.
The best thing - I think- about the story as a whole, is that there was a lot of joy -and even happy endings. Most of the stories on this topic- are tragic, gory and hopeless. There's no gore in this, no blood and guts. But there is a lot of creativity and inovation in the buildig this new world and the way the characters found themselves as survivors. I really liked the way the characters progressed, telling their stories in the timeline. It's just really great storytelling.
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