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.
I wasn't sure about this book, but I enjoyed it. It is a decent thriller that combines history, science and a little science fiction. For all of these types of books, you have to suspend a little belief, but this has a somewhat plausible themes. I won't describe it since it would give away the ending.
You have some history, the Vatican, the inquisition, some decent explanation of geology, and some thrills, so it's not too bad. There is some romance as well. If you like Dan Brown books you will like this. I actually think it was better than last Dan Brown book to be honest.
So if you like a little "learning" combined with thrills its quite decent.
I have listened to the author's Joseph O'laughlin and have enjoyed them. They are set in England while this is set in Texas. The main character Audie, is serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit. He escaped the day before he is to be released, and the question throughout the book is why. I won't tell you here. The characters are all really good and the criminals are actually much better then the police. It is a good listen and worth the credit.
My only issue is with the narration. It is sometimes choppy with the narrator taking big pauses between sentences. His handling of women's voices is rather weak as well with weird accents and things like lisps. Although this does not detract too much from book since most of the narration is male voices.
If you like the genre of ' " good guy on the run" aka the Jack REacher series you will like this as well.
I typically get hooked into series and at some point I realize enough is enough. This book was the enough. I love the setting of Northern Ireland, the narration by Gerard Doyle, but the basic material in this book is rather weak. I suppose that is just typical when you write a series of books eventually you run out of material, just look at the Harry Potter series.
I would highly recommend any of the earlier books in this series. This one, no.
I typically love Erik Larson books. I have listened to or read them all. I loved Devil in the White City because it combined a novel with basically a history book on the great Chicago Expedition. Although this book does introduce characters, there are really no central ones. It's basically short bios on the passengers on the Lusitania as well as Woodrow Wilson and his girlfriend.
It starts off good talking about the setting of WW1, history of the Cunard line, and German submarines, but by the end of the book it's more like reading obituaries of the passengers. Also the sinking takes too long. The boat sunk in 18 minutes but the narration of the sinking goes on for almost 2 hours.
At the end, I am not sure this was a good topic for Erik Larson. There is no real central character to focus on. The book therefore turns into recitation of lots of facts a figures.
I liked this book much better than the other. Both are good but this one is much better describing the chaos of WWII France. There Is very little "war" as in battle scenes. Instead it describes a country where neighbor turned against neighbor and the Nazis were only one of the evils.
Superbly written and narrated this book is a must listen. I would recommend it to young adults, especially girls. The heros or I guess it would be heroines are all women, including the Nightingale.
I love the author's inspector Q series. I thought this was another in series. It is not. It is better. Highly plausible innovative theme that keeps you listening. With over 1000 books in my library I rarely find something that I would classify as innovative. This book is. Kudos to the author.
This book combines some good history (although characters are fictional basic story is true) and a spy thriller. You have your British MI agents, evil nazi spies, and even Hitler and Winston Churchill making an appearance in this book. The pace is pretty fast and you won't want to stop listening once you get into story. The basic theme is how the British fooled the Nazis into believing the plans for the invasion was at the major port of Calais versus at Normandy. The Nazis believed the ruse because they held their forces back expecting the real attack near the Dutch border. It never came and by the time they realized they had been fooled it was too late. The combined forces of England and America had a firm foothold in France. The book focuses on the building of hugh concrete piers that were towed to Normandy and sunk to create a man-made harbor. By the third day of the invasion troops and material were being driven ashore from ships in the Bay of Normandy.
This book has been out there for awhile, but if you like WWII books you will enjoy it. It is very similar to Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle.
The narration is quite excellent with single narrator having to do both Hitler and Churchill.
I enjoyed this book because I like the topic. It traces the evolution of cosmology from ancient greek times to modern times. Much of the book covers the three most famous scientist of their times. Galileo, Kepler and Newton. It does a great job explaining how the world evolved from a theory of the earth at the center of the universe to the universe as we now know it. The earth centric view was destroyed as soon as Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter. The Earth could no longer be the center of the universe since those moons orbited Jupiter. The book also covers how Newton proved that the planets travel in an elliptical orbit about the sun.
This book is probably not for everyone, but if you like the subject of the history of science it is worth the listen.
It's hard to write a bad review of Hemingway based on the "legend" but this a tough listen for me. The basic story is good. I really knew nothing about the Spanish Civil war but this book made me do some research. In the end you get the idea of " and exactly what were they fighting about?" History has sort of proved that out.
The issue I had is the writing style. Its sort of odd. We would say "what do you think of me?" Hemingway writes this as "what dost thou thinkest of me? Do you think kindly upon me....."
I would rate this a book that you feel good about having listened to, but it is an ordeal. Kind of the same as having a high school teacher assign it as a required book. Probably a book you buy the monarch notes instead of reading it. You may feel the same about the audio version.
This book suffers from limited characters and a limited setting. The book takes place in a bedroom in a rural cabin, and there are really only two characters. For a 12-hour book it gets kind of tedious. The plot theme is unique; hold your favorite romance novelist hostage and make them write you a new book. The books starts off well, it's that just after 8 hours of the same thing it gets to be too much. Is he going to escape? What new torture is on the menu for the day? Etc. etc.
I am a huge fan of Stephen King so I hate to knock his books. He has much better ones (The Shining, Carrie, Bag of Bones), so this is slightly subpar. If you a super King fan, then I suppose listen to this. If you are getting acquainted to his books try some of his other ones. There are dozens more.
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