le carre reading le carre, what could be better? I found the first few hours to be confusing and sometimes tedious, but once the story takes off, it is riveting. And ripped from the headlines: what an opportune time to be thinking about surveillance, privacy, outsourced military action, and overstepping governments. Terrific story, beautifully drawn characters.
If you're gasping for air at the tedious engineering of it all, hang on for a while...once the real story of rescue kicks in, you'll enjoy this Robinson Crusoe - Apollo 13 sort of roller coaster romp. An exercise in critical thinking and imagination and solitude. Don't expect three dimensional characters (and the stereotype narration of German accents made me cringe) but I stuck with it till the end.
A roller coaster of a plot and several memorable characters. I suspect that this was far better as an audiobook than it would have been in print....a teensy shmaltzy, but forgivably so. And while the writing rarely soars, the story of family lost and found, the trauma of the war, and young women forging their lives and identities during the London blitz never lagged. Heroes to cheer, villains to hate, and a satisfying range of grey to provoke deep questions of ethical choices and as the title suggests, when to keep secrets -- and when to release them. I probably logged several thousand miles of flights with this book, and it was a welcome companion. Was sorry to see it end.
Nothing good but the title.
After several hours in which I had nary a moment of reader-delight, I abandoned ship -- something I rarely do. Thin characters, thinner plot. Narration OK but can't dress up a lackluster book. Leaving in search of richer reader waters.
Book first, technology second. This is a masterpiece, a bildungsroman that is as unexpected as next year's news, but as traditional in its values of story-telling, characters, and insight into yup, the meaning of life and art. Guess you can tell that I loved it.
This is the first book for which I bounced back and forth between text (well, e-text) and audio. The ability to have either one jump forward to the right spot was downright magical, gave me a giggle every time it happened. But also, i would not have missed either the fabulous narration (especially as voice of The Mother and Hobie) nor the power of the written word.
don't miss. Only MIddlemarch-ian books get my 5 stars, so consider 4 my 21st century 5 stars.
I really tried to like this story but could not. I believe Restless is, for instance, a terrific book, but this one? I suddenly thought I'd missed the real William Boyd. As the story careened from improbability to improbability (and yes, I DO like fiction), I lost interest, and by the time our hero got to Nigeria, I was outta there. I rarely don't go the distance on an audiobook.
If you like your history LITE, your characters cartoonish, and your wars long, this is a great one for you.
i suppose...if he came back to life as John LeCarre, for instance.
I enjoyed this book so very much -- second rate science fiction, ok, I admit it, but the perspective on a dystopic life lived online was quite enthralling and I am recommending it highly. Heroes, villains, memorable concepts like the "gunters" who devote their life to solving a videogame...I understood devoted gamers much better.
Best of all is probably the description of the online school, which reminds us that anonymity and virtual learning have unique pedagogical and socializing virtues.
Beautifully written and read, the kind of audiobook that makes you miss your subway stop. Full of memorable set pieces and psychologically rich characters. My only disappointment is that I am not seeing any other Lynley novels: please put them all on audio!
In fact, I'd never have carried it around...one advantage of an audio book is that nobody knows what you are reading. See, my next book is Villette, and I bet I'm the only Flynn reader who goes next to Charlotte Bronte, with equal delight.
So now that you know what a snob I am, you should know that I LOVED this book, found myself listening at every opportunity. Violent, casual about civil liberties, women all ciphers...none of that interfered with the fun.
So yay for Flynn, I"ll read another now, thank you, and always look for George Guidall, one of the best readers ever.
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