As a book lover, I found this book disturbing and depressing. It's definitely readable, but the thief's amorality, the disinterest of the police, and the rather diffident presentation of these bothered me.
I downloaded this one for a long trip, because I like something on the lighter side when I travel. This was a good choice. I couldn't give it 5 stars because it's not a brilliant book that will stay with me forever, but character development is always the most important part of a book for me, and I enjoyed Joe and his family very much. The plot took a while to get started, but before long it got interesting. It was also not too long and drawn out, and the reader was excellent.
Absolutely -- due to the fabulous narration.
One of the best audiobooks I've read/listened to in a long time. Narrator was wonderful, making all the characters come alive. Plot was so interesting and characters so compelling -- I can't say enough good things about it. I usually listen to these books in spurts in the car or on a plane, but this one was so good I couldn't wait until my next trip to find out what happened, so listened to the last hour or so at home.
While it has some clever descriptive writing, this book about a bunch of teenage boys in the UK eventually turned me off. I just couldn't get interested in the characters, and got tired of the graphic sex and general teenage boy stuff. The narration was ok, but a good single narrator could have pulled it off without multiple narrators taking the different roles. I no longer feel I have to finish books that don't hold my interest, so I didn't.
Sci-fi and fantasy are not my favorite genres, but I decided to try this one because of all the good reviews. Really loved it -- both the book itself and the narrator. The protagonists are well-developed and likable, and the plot is character-driven, with lots of suspense. If you liked Dune, you'll like The Hunger Games.
Wow! Completely original and unexpected. These characters will stay with me for a long time. Outstanding narrator. Kudos all around.
Interesting enough to listen all the way through, but there was too much emphasis on the magic and not enough on the plot/mystery.
This book was interesting enough to keep me listening, but it started out pretty slowly and I thought there were a number of loose ends that were left hanging at the end. Also, the narrator was good, but his use of British accents for the Swedish characters was a little jarring.
I've read and enjoyed many of Follett's books; this one was good, but not his best. It went on too long and at times the plot strained credulity, but it's still a good way to while away a trip or long commute.
Maybe the second half of this book is better -- I don't know, since I didn't get that far. I quit in the middle, around the time that the characters were getting shot, threatened with rape, kicked in the face and other places... This is from Dave Barry???? The guy who wrote all those funny columns in the newspaper?? What happened?? The half of the book I listened to was extremely violent, disturbing and not at all amusing. Too bad you gave up your day job, Dave.
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