I have enjoyed most of Harlan Coben's books, but this is deefinitely not one of his finst hours. OK, but out of touch with his other stuff, and a bit (lot!) unreal.
The story is totally ridiculous, unbelievable and Scott Brick's performance only makes it worse. The story itself is over-dramatic where it doesn't have to be (or maybe it does, because it is so thin) and Brick, who tends to overdramatize everything anyway, has a field day. All of which made me, the listener, get very annoyed and wonder what I was doing listening to this stuff. I can't even say that it was a waste of time - it goes beyond that. What was the point? And why so long?
While the story is exciting and suspenseful in many respects, it gets tedious listening to the never ending hardships of the crew of the Endurance. You have to ask yourself, why would anyone do this in the first place? If this were made into a movie, it would pass as a horror show, not a reality show. And, as such, it wouldn't be all that great. The author did a creditable job in telling the story, but the problem is it's the story. And, the narration is fine, but again, it's the story. If you must, enjoy.
I don't know where the author dreamed up this nonsense. The story is so ridiculous to almost be funny, but it is supplemented with nonsensical attempts at sensitivity which just don't resonate. Scott Brick does his best, but the whole story, with all its non-directional twists and turns leaves even his artistry limp and languid. There is almost no real story line, it just weaves from one theme to another, and each seems detached from the others. I was tempted to just end it several times, but wanted to see if there would be some redemption before it ended. There wasn't!
Laura Hildebrand has done an heroic research job in putting together a story that is truly amazing. It almost reads like a novel, but when you realize that this is a true story, it makes it even more terrific. This is a wonderful book, which never gets tired, and keeps your interest high throughout. Moreover, the narrator has given the book the attention it requires, and does a fabulous job in telling the story.
DeMille's story is, as usual, very interesting and compelling. Interest remains high throughout, and it moves very fast. Some of the descriptions of killings are a bit over the top, and I wondered why some of the gory details where necessary. But overall, I enjoyed it, and would recommend.
Coben is at his most verbiose worst. The story is intriguing, but his narrative is much too overbearing, and becomes tedious. Scott Britt's reading does nothing to relieve this sense of overplay, if anything, he adds to it. The story, which is complicated and intricate, is good, but way too long, and I found that I just wanted it to end and be done with. Normally, I love Coben, but maybe because this was written years ago, things were different.
Maybe it's the cockney accent and his poor attempt at an American accent at times, but I found the narrative troubling. The story has promise, but is too convoluted and improbable to be interesting. In fact, in parts of it that I wondered where the author was going.
If you had had 1 semester of a foreign language, and were in a conversation with a native of that country, you would understand him about as well as you could the narrator of this book! The cockney is totally not comprehensible, and I listened for about 15 minutes, before I decided that it was uselss. I had no idea of what the book was about. I had read other le Carre books, and enjoyed them, but I did not have the disadvantage of Frederick Davidson, the narrator. Forget about this on Audible.
Richard North Patterson casts his story and characters in sympathetic human forms rarely equalled among his peers. This book is one of his best! The story holds interest all through, not only because of the story itself but because of the wonderful way it is written. His in-depth treatment of well known human condition and emotion is wonderful, adding great joy to the reading of the book. I was sorry to have finished it, and look forward to the next Patterson novel. You will enjoy it too, I'm sure.
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