I read all the hype from Audible regarding this book as it being the "new Help". I was very disappointed. First, I listened to The Help, and recommended it to my teenage daughters. They read it before movie came out and loved it. However, The Help would be G or PG, while this would be a hard R rating. There are numerous descriptions of sexual acts that add little to the story, including visits to brothels by the main characters. Second, all except one character have few redeeming personality traits. Most are drunks, drug addicts, womanizers, and home wreckers. Even the major character Dee sleeps with a married man and gets pregnant by him.
In The Help, there were characters of courage who took a risk to tell their stories. But none of the characters in this book show any bravery whatsoever. Most are battling with addictions and just stumbling through their lives getting drunk and committing adultery. The major character, Dee, survives just because she is so pretty. The other main character, an Italian innkeeper, while of deeper moral fiber, has his own major character faults.
I also found the ending to be rather contrived. Dee learns Italian ( but never returns to Italy for a visit?) and the Italian Innkeeper seeks her out after 50 years (after only knowing her for 3 days.) It reminded me of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, where just because you are in Italy everything is 10 times more romantic.
Just before this I listened to the Count of Monte Cristo. Although a classic, I would rate it much more highly than this book. It also spans decades with a story of revenge, loss, and redemption that is much more believable. If you are going to use an Audible credit, then purchase that instead.
In this book, the British come out the losers as they are kicked out of America by the French and Americans. It is a good addition to the series and gives some fairly good historical perspective about the war in Maryland and siege of Yorktown. The British come off as fairly incompetent in their war in America. The Hero, Alan Lewerie manages to escape, just barely. Of course I can't possibly spoil the ending since we all know the British lost the war of Independence. The British Admirals are shown as timid whose ranks are determined by political influence rather than competence. There might have been a different outcome if they had an Admiral Nelson in instead.
I am a big fan of this genre, C.S Forester is perhaps the best known, but there are also the Dewey Lambdin series which is also good, Peter Simple, and the Master and Commander Series from Patrick O'Brien. I would rate C.S Forester as among the better, but slightly more serious than the others. For more fun and spice I like Dewey Lambdin. The Bloody Jack Series is also fun although it is aimed at teenagers. This is book 1 (can't purchase book #2), and book # 3 is next one in series on Audible. So if you start listening, you will soon have to transition over to written word because there is limited audio format availability.
I am a big fan of this genre, and have listened to many different authors. C.S Forester is perhaps the best know, but there are also the Dewey Lambdin series which is also good, Peter Simple, and the Mater and Commander Series. I would rate C.S Forester as among the better, but slightly more serious than the others. For more fun and spice I like Dewey Lambdin. This is book 3 (can't purchase book #2), and is a good sequel to book #1, Midshipman Hornblower. The problem with this series is that many are not available in Audio format, so if you start listening, you will soon have to transition over to written word.
If you like mystery/thrillers this is quite a good series. In my reviews I compare it to the Harry Hole series (John Nesbo). I actually think the writing is much better than many American popular novels in this genre such as Harlan Coben. Again. it is slightly dark as most of these Norwegian/Danish novels are. So if you like John Nesbo, Or Girl with Dragon Tattoo series you will most likely like this. You don't have to listen to series in order, but it is easier if you do so.
I had this series in my wish list for some time. When they dropped price of first book to $6, I tried it. Good strategy because now I am hooked. Interesting concept with good narration. It a combination WWII book, Distopia novel, and SCIFI. If you like any of those genres you will like this. I had images of pirates of the Caribbean and Alien in terms of movies. Also combines some British naval action which is another genre I enjoy. So if you like series like Master and Commander or Horatio Hornblower you may like this.
If it wasn't for the narration, I might have returned this book. It starts of slow and stays pretty slow. I thought there would be more "period" aspect to it, but not. With the title you would expect slightly more excitement, but it's pretty dull. It revolves around the Dreyfus Affair and the premise is good, but the pace is makes it kind of boring. By the end it gets better, but you will need some patience to get through it. The narration, however, makes up for it. Although I thought there would be more of a french accent to voices since it is set in France. You will have to like historical novels to enjoy this. As a "spy thriller" it will fall short.
This is a sequel so you should read first one (Daemon) before you read this one. It is not mandatory, but you will miss some of basic concepts of book. It is a distopia type book where the world is basically run by evil corporations. To fight back, a genius has created a daemon/virus that takes over corporate networks. Instead of bullets (although there are some of those), the major weapon is the ability to wipe out the financial resources of companies by basically deleting all their bank accounts. That part is quite feasible. The parts that involve crazy new weapons is kind of far fetched (killer motorcycles).
The narration is quite excellent. I listened to this in just a day because it really sucks you in. Worth the 1 credit.
I like this series, and have listened to many of them. They are basic crime stories with Agent Pendergast solving the crime aka Sherlock Holmes style. This book was outside the typical in that it had a supernatural aspect which was okay. The basic problem of the book is that it takes place on a cruise ship (largest in World), where the entire ship is hijacked by one person. No one is able to stop ship as it heads for almost certain destruction. One person, a ship with 3000 passengers and they can't stop a ship? Sorry a ship runs on fuel, just turn off the fuel line. The supernatural aspect comes into play ( I won't give it away) to resolve the problem. I know it is just a novel, but I can only suspend so much belief.
At the price of $4.95 I thought I would try this book. It's actually quite good. Sherlock Holmes now retired to the countryside. He can't give up on crime solving so takes on a new assistant, Mary, a young woman. Dr. Watson is living in London. The story is told from her viewpoint. The stories themselves are not that exciting, but the female narration is quite excellent. The book would appeal to women and teens who have never experienced Sherlock Holmes before. For the price you can't go wrong with this one. I see that it is a series, but I am not sure I would go must past first book. However, other listeners may get hooked and may want to continue on.
I have listened to several of this author's books and have generally liked them. This one is a dud. It's hard to keep the characters straight since they are all so similar. On top of that is the narration. There are two narrators which is slightly confusing. Both do men's and women's voices so I am not sure why they would need two narrators. I keep having to rewind to get back on track with the story. I listen to audible books because they generally help me fall asleep. This one certainly does.
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