I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.
Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.
This book is tied together because the major characters are simply Lieutenants. While it begins in WWII with a major character being captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp, most of the book actually takes place between WWII and the Korean War. Sort of a soap opera with military families.
The part of the book that describes the escape from Germany is fast paced, but the majority is fairly dull. Nothing much happens in the entire second half of the book. The major characters go from one posting to the other and it's really a story about daily life in the military when there are no battles to fight other than with the Pentagon bureaucracy. If you have not read the Winds of War series go with that alternative, this is not quite as good.
I know this was an audie award winner. The narration was excellent. The story not so much. In fact I found it rather tedious. It is the story of a butler in one of the "better" homes in England. As a butler you would say life is not too exciting. Neither is this book. There is an entire chapter on what makes a "proper" English butler. The excitement begins when the butler talks of a few days to drive across England (that's a snooze too).
If you like books about England society, then you may enjoy this book. If you don't then expect to be pretty bored. Actually I almost like it because I listen to books sometimes to help me fall asleep at night. This book commendably accomplished that job.
I purchased this book because I like finance stories. At 13 hours, however, it gets rather tedious at times. This is the story of the man who first discovered Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The parts of the book that talk about the discovery are interesting. But a large part of the book is a big rant against the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). In fact about 3 of the total 13 hours is nothing but a big rant. Okay, okay the SEC messed up. Got it in the first hour.
It also has some odd stories about the author fearing for his life and buying guns and checking for bombs under his car. However, there is no proof whatsoever that the Russian Mob was after him, that Bernie Madoff ever thought of hiring a hit man, or the SEC was out to "get" him. Made the author sound like a total paranoid.
Anyways at 13 hours about half is worthwhile listening. The last 2 hours are really not about the Ponzi scheme but people sobbing about their lost money, which also turns into a rant on the SEC. It actually sounded like an attempt for filing a class action suit against the SEC by the author and his lawyers. Sort of put me off.
This is a good read for everyone, but it will be appreciated by women more. The new Mrs De Winter must live in the shadow of the late Mrs De Winter, Rebecca. It's slightly similar to Gone With the Wind in that the central character is actually a house. Instead of Tara we have Manderlay. This English manor is set on the coast of England and is similar to Downton Abbey with the dozens of house hold staff including the evil Mrs Danvers. The young naive new Mrs DeWinter tries to cope in an environment that overwhelms her. But all is not as it seems. Kind of slow at beginning but it picks up the pace about a third into the book. This was also a great movie with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (You can find on Utube)
This was a fairly good till end, where the author cops out and goes with a "typical" conclusion where everything has to be wrapped up in a neat package. I guessed how it would end and the major plot line halfway through the book because the author tries so hard to divert the readers attention from the true suspect. Good listen on average but not much suspense. I like to listen to books that keep me guessing outcome. If you like the genre and can't guess outcome early on then you will enjoy it.
I liked this book. It's part scifi, part murder mystery. If you like science, especially quantum physics it's a good book. If not, then probably not. If you like the science part, then its good till the last few chapters. An experiment at a supercollider throws everyone on the planet into a trance for 2 minutes. While in the trance you get to see 20 years into the future (but if you are driving a car guess what happens). Some people see what they will become, other people just see what they are dreaming, and then there are the people who see nothing meaning you are dead in 20 years. A major character tries to understand why he is dead and finds out he will be murdered. So far so good. Then its starts to get kind of cosmic as in 2001 space odyssey kind of stuff. Then it turns into a kind of romance book. I wish I was editor on this book because it would have been great without last 2 chapters and a twist on ending (maybe not so "happy".)
When you sell movie rights to book, on average the book will be better. In this case no. I remember the movie, Charley, where Cliff Robertson played the lead role. His portrayal elevated the story to one of my all time favorites. As an analogy I would rate the Shawshank Redemption better as a movie than a Stephen King book. So skip this and find a copy of movie. It will bring tears to your eyes.
I know that my title might be a down put for Joe Hill, but it is not. King has the "brand" recognition for this genre of supernatural. I would rate this book with the best of any King novel. Again maybe the comparisons are not fair, but for this review they are because you will know hat you are getting. We have time/space shifting, people who seem to be immortal, ghosts, and freaky kids. Aka Carrie. It makes for great fun and a good listen. My only complaint is that the heroine seems to sustain grievous bodily harm time and time again and keeps on going. Good fun with not to be expected ending.
Bought #1, #2 and #3 in this series. As good as Hunger Games, Ender's Game and even Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. Rated as YA but as an adult I enjoyed because of all the science. If you have a teen daughter have her listen.
Listened to # 1. Bought #2 and cannot stop listening. Still no sleep. This series is addicting. Great for teens
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