DeMille says in his comments at the end of the book, that this is a rewrite. He probably did make it better, but it is still a little to "sweet" for me. If I want to read about a search for the Holy Grail, I would choose to read something from a King Arthur series. The closer they get to the end, the more difficult it becomes to suspend disbelief and go with the story. I used to rate Nelson DeMille right up there with Michael Connelly and Daniel Silva. After this I'm taking him off of my wish list.
I love mysteries, conspiracies, and spies, but I struggled to finish this book. I downloaded the book because I intended to watch the movie. It was a good thing that I did or I never would have understood the movie. (The movie was worse than the book.) The plot of this novel is confusing and the characters are flat and uninteresting. Narrator Michael Jayston did an excellent job with difficult material.
I love the Fire and Ice Saga. I have been unable to stop listening to the first two. In the third one, the story has slowed somewhat. I am not as intense with this third book. Perhaps, it will improve. I am not finished, but I really wanted to add my comments to those who were questioning the narrator.
I read that Jim Dale (the excellent narrator of the Harry Potter series) kept a tape recorder with the sound of all the voice he had created to that he could refer to them to keep his voices consistent.
If any characters are good enough to attract your admiration, Martin will kill them off. Still I love the series and can't stop listening to the books. I would advise readers to get attached to anyone who is corrupt enough to last. Those who seem too good for this world, usually are.
This is a leading question, but a relevant one. I still like the book, but the different voices and the different pronunciation of names is driving me crazy. I like the narration, but I do not like the voices of the characters. Tyrian is gone, but occasionally the narrator uses his voice for someone else. Petar has become Peter. I'm not sure why. The original pronunciation of the name was much more exotic.
"Episode I of Twenty." You really could not do this book justice in a film. There is too much detail here tfor a movie.
I am grateful to Audible to have acquired every book of this series so I can finish them all. My eyes are weak now and listening is much easier than reading. You also can do simple tasks while you listen, but you much stop everything to read. Audible books have made me one of the most "well-read" people I know.
I love this story and I never tired of hearing it around the Christmas holidays. It is funny, touching, and exceptionally well-written. The narration is excellent.
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