This is a fairly lengthy book for a spy novel but it's got enough plot for the entire length. There's a lot going on with several plot lines that come together at the end. Job well done by the narrator who maintains a high level of excitement and emotion.
This is the first Joseph Finder book I've heard and I'll be checking out more.
Vince Flynn wrote a typically great book - and Ken Kilban just ruined it. It's bad enough that every character sounds alike - short-tempered, whiny and angry. Every reader of Flynn's books knows that's not how Mitch Rapp sounds. I should have read the reviews. Don't buy this recording - read the book in some other format, then try the next Vince Flynn book.
The author presents a really interesting look at U.S. Grant. She disputes the modern view of Grant by emphasizing the great respect he was given during his lifetime and the rest of the 19th century. Her account of the writings of the recent historians is particularly helpful.
The reader does an excellent job with the narration.
Waugh spends an inordinate amount of time dwelling on the construction of the Grant memorial in New York and then winds it up. The book would have been better if she had continued her detailed narrative further into the 20th century to explain how historians' views of Grants evolved to the current time.
This book was pretty good and it's on a subject that's a magnet for the spy groupies. But I can't give it the top rating because I expected more. I was looking forward to listening to it but it didn't live up to expectations. It wasn't great but it was worth the listen. The narration was fine.
I am baffled by all the glowing reviews. This book has an extremely long set-up for a mildly interesting payoff. Not much plot and very little character development. There are plenty of better books out there for you to spend your time on.
The more I listened, the more disappointed I was. It should have been subtitled "From the Colts' point-of-view" or "When Raymond met John". After listening to the description of the game, it's no surprise at the end to find that the author lived in Baltimore, knew the players, and that his sister got married at Art Donovan's place. It doesn't live up to the sports books of the author's hero, David Halberstam.
The narrator needs pronunciation lessons on Marchetti, Tunnel, Katcavage. And Little Mo's first name was Dick, not Dale.
It's cool that there are some tapes from the NBC broadcast used as part of the audio presentation. People around the country may have listened to that broadcast but the author says New Yorkers listened to NBC. They listened to the Giants' football network on WNEW Radio.
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