Build up to midpoint of the novel was good. 2nd half was disappointing. It felt like Fred finished to please his editor as the plot got to a point where it had no where to go.
As an educator I found the gay relationship between the University President and a student was an unacceptable breach of trust. As another reviewer noted, substitute Priest for President and it becomes clear that the lack of morality was a "fatal flaw" in the plot. It would have been equally unacceptable if the President was involved with a female student or child. Glorifying such behavior destroyed the novel which otherwise might have been successful.
This was the worst Reacher story of all of them. It's like Child got to his submission deadline and just ended the story with no resolution. Truly a wasted credit - a member since 2001.
Terrible writing with cartoonish characters. Female characters were about as bad as anyting I've listened to in over 150 books here at Audible. Terrible narration with an attempt at female voices that grated my nerves. One of the worst choices I've made.
The rich, successful business woman falls for a criminal jock because he buys her sexual lubrication? All male readers should buy stock in Astro-lube.
The first four chapters reminded me of a late night TV sales pitch. Fast forward through them. Based on listening to Andrew's pitch, visiting the author's web site and reviewing the case studies developed in the audio book and augmented online with detailed planning documents, I concluded that the real function of his business is to sell insurance in the form of indexed universal life (IUL) policies. As an economic activity this is the only possible conclusion of how he derives income for his company. Conceptually the idea of extracting the equity from you home and investing it is a well established idea that he seems to think he discovered. His only real contribution in the book that impacted me is the arbitrage concept of home equity value being re-positioned. His sales pitch on the IUL policies ignores other tax advantaged investments. I did not find it worth an Audible credit. Flip through it at Barnes and Nobles, note the web references(which he cleverly only reveals in his text/audio and does not provide a site navigation map for. Visit the site and you can get all the value you can extract from this book and can use your Audible credit for something less financially evangelical and self serving.
The technolgical basis of this book is so unsound as to undermine the entire foundation of the plot. The narrator's voice characterizations give it the whiney feel when attempting to convey the dialogue of the young people. I could only finish this audio book by listening when I had no other alternatives such as XM radio or another audio book. I feel this was the worst book I purchased since I joined in 2001.
I found that I was able to suspend my disbelief about finding the Holy Grail until midway into the story. The basic plot problem Brown faced is that he sets up finding the Grail as a major religious event that will call into question the entire concept of Christ. By midway into the novel, it appeared clear that there was only one outcome. This made the second half of the novel anticlimatic. I finished listening to the novel. The novel did cause me to look up several DaVinci pieces of art. The details about the Last Supper were interesting and worth looking at to enhance the listening experience. So the novel worked on art history level but seemed poorly ploted.
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