I have always loved David Baldacci, and really looked forward to this book.
It was a huge disappointment.
The story line was not remotely believable (and I am usually pretty easy going on this score). The characters were not believable. I didn't like the quasi dramatization (the occasional use of sound, eg gunfire). Worst of all was the preachy tone - anti mining, anti smoking. I do understand that surface mining = bad environmentally, but I don't need to be preached about it when I'm "reading" a book for pleasure. And the smoking lectures were a real turn off to this non-smoker who hates smoking.
I'm down to the last few chapters, and honestly, I don't care how it turns out or if he gets the "bad guys". I may not finish it, and this after devoting 10 painful hours already.
The book was incredibly boring, especially in the beginning. Long, lengthy descriptions, "pages and pages" that did not advance the plot at all. Might have worked better reading as a book so I could skip pages - hard to do with a "book on tape".
I almost bailed on this book numerous times. Ultimately the last quarter of the book was pretty good.
Someone who is looking for a light romance with a little bit of danger and mystery
The story was completely lame, unbelievable, and worst, BORING
The reader is OK, the book is terrible
I'm shocked this got 4*. I can finish almost any book, but not this one. Lame, trite, boring, and way to much dialogue from a five year old.
I love Tess Gerritsen's series but this one was just not believable - and boring - and relied too much on earlier book (which I had read, but others may not have).
Sad to say, not really. And I love her books!! I guess I would recommend buying it, but not having high expectations.
As soon as I started listening, I realized this was the second book in a series - the CONSTANT references to the first book - which I had not read - were really, really annoying.
I got over that. What else was really annoying? The story did not resolve. I won't say more because I don't want to be a spoiler, but that really is a problem for me.
Lastly - and just as annoying - while it may have worked in a "book", this did not work in an audible book. The last chapter - should have been all action - about 10 minutes of one of the characters preparing a meal (how he made the sauce, temperature of the beef).
Sorry, give this one a pass.
I have been a huge Dick Francis fan my entire life and was really looking forward to this. I barely made it through, the plot was narrow and boring (not to mention not believable).
DF should stick to horses.
I'm a big Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child fan, as well as a fan of Scott Bricker, but I found the plot line totally unbelievable - and unlike some other unbelievable plot lines of this Duo, I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I almost abandoned the story numerous times.
I really started out enjoying this. The narration is wonderful, the historical setting is terrific - but the story and the plot are so unbelievable, and the ending so unsatisfying - that I can not recommend this. (And I've seldom written a negative review.)
In fact, the ending was so bad I now have the "well, that is 8 hours (or however long the book is) that I'll never get back!"
I was really looking forward to this title based on the reviews - but I found it to be incredibly boring - no suspense, nothing building, just narrative. I gave it over 3 hours and finally gave up.
I downloaded this book to "read" with my sixteen year old daughter on a car trip. We *both* enjoyed it tremendously. Wonderful writing, narrating. I'm going to immediately look for other books by Neil Gaiman. (Note, I enjoyed this book as much as my daughter - I recommend for adults as well as young adults. I think anyone over the age of 11 or 12 would be suitable.
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