Having listened to each of the previous Ludlum books available, I was eager to "read" the latest, even before reading a listener review. After slogging through the first 3 hours (which is all I could bear), all I can say is "What a huge disappointment on all fronts". The reader is no Scott Brick and the constant background sound effects are annoying. My guess is that the effects were inserted to try to distract the listener from the poor quality of the story and its telling. What happened to Ludlum's legacy?????
I enjoy the puzzle pieces created by Meyer in his novels. They are never clear and always intriguing. The action packed books aw evenly divided between well thought strategy and physical execution. Worth reading.
This book was purchased on the basis of audible recommendations resulting from past purchases. Not really a very good recommendation. The book was not bad but it was never engaging in any way. It was like listening to background music unoffending but uninteresting. The most interesting portions of the book were related the the preparation of local food.
Who knew I would now be as reader impatiently waiting for Mr Galbraith's next book. I inadvertently read book 2 first but it was not detrimental. The devil is in the details and the author does an enviable job with manufacturing numerous pertinent details that are germane and thought provoking. Dare I say in the manner of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Maybe not at that level but nonetheless in a superior fashion. The narrator also does a terrific job.
My expectations were low not having even heard of the author prior to downloading the book. That said. I very much enjoyed the character development and plot. This book was a winner.
I found myself in the mind of each character and evaluating the acts thoughts and morality on a series of parallel scales seeking the justice in the outcomes. Boyne writes with such sincere emotion it draws the reader into his books Nd challenges you to take sides and discuss issues. This is a great book.
The first of the author's books that I had to struggle to stay engaged enough to finish. No characters that I cared about and a plot that was tenuous at best. Hoping this is not a sign of things to come.
The story was ridiculous and poorly structured. The emotions shown in this book were strange based on the background and theme of the series. It only got worse as it progressed.
I really like the prequel Becoming Quinn but this book was the polar opposite.
The narrator only made the story worse. The affectations of longing and sympathy from the narrator accentuated the bad story theme.
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I can't figure out how this book received such good ratings from the other audible members.
Is it required that there must be a lengthy recap of every character in every book. I know it may be the first rodeo for some readers, but for those of us who have read all of the Gabriel Allon books it can be exasperating. As someone who has enjoyed Mr. Silva's books for many years I have finally reached the point where I feel that it is time for the main character to really retire and never be heard from again. I never thought I would get to this place but alas I am there.
The narrator was the final nail in the coffin. Has audible signed an exclsuive deal with George Guidall to narrate every book that involves spies? The prior narrators were all excellent but Mr. Guidall feels so omnipresent in the books I read I can no longer distinguish the varied characters that I have come to know and love. This is no offense to Mr. Guidall, but market saturation would hurt anyone.
No, but I am turned off by the series now.
The main character. He must disappear for the good of all concerned.
The first 3 books I read by Brian Haig were great and then the precipitous fall. The Hunted was absolutely horrible writing. A ridiculous plot that only gets worse the further you get into the book. I stuck with it seeking redemption, but it was never found. The excessive stereotypes of each profession places one in a state of disbelief that cannot be salvaged.
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