This is quite an unusual and entertaining novel. The story and characters are cleverly interwoven with a lot of unexpected twists. You find yourself getting so involved with the plot that it's very difficult to pause the story and go on with life. The reader did a terrific job on some very difficult characters' voices.
The reading performance was superb. Characters real and well-developed and likable. A plot that keeps you guessing and intrigued. Really, one of the best audio books I've heard in a long time.
This is definitely not written for the female of the species. It is full of macho acts of bravery and daring with very little in the area of character development and plot. Too much blood and gore and not enough humanity for my tastes.
For someone who doesn't know a gaff from a halyard I found this book tedious. More than three-fourths of the book is our hero fighting the weather and ocean in his sailing vessel. It was probably very exciting for someone who knew what was going on. However, if you're a landlubber like I am, give the book a pass.
I expected more from Leon Uris. He has written novels of the highest caliber so I thought this would be a "sure thing". Not so. The story is interesting and well-developed, but it is not told right. With all the flashbacks and foreshadowing, the reader had nothing to anticipate which made the read rather dull. And it's a shame because Stephen Lang is one of my favorite readers.
The book gives a close, in depth, look a the city of New Orleans and weaves a story well suited to its mystic and charm. The "ghost" story is quite believable and welded to scientific principles. I really like the interactions of the characters and the heighten suspense with each chapter.
I was disappointed in the last couple of novels that King wrote, but one, Under the Dome, has put him back in my all-star list. It is reminescent of The Stand and It. The characters are unique and intriguing, and the plot unfolds magically. The narration is the best I've heard anywhere -- Raul Esparza is a genius with voices.
A terrific story with an outstanding narrator. The characters come to life in all their many facets. It's one of those tales you don't want to leave, it stays with you. One of the best historical books I've read.
So the author takes the Shakespearean play Hamlet and rewrites it with modern characters and dogs. As it moves along, it's pretty obvious what is going to happen. The 17th century motivations doesn't often work with 20th century characters and leaves the reader baffled. If you love dogs, this reading can be a worthwhile experience, but otherwise the books is very long.
This is great entertainment! The characters are interesting and well-developed. The dialog flows easily and enhances the story, and it is read beautifully, each character with a distinct voice. The plot has many twists and turns that keep you wanting more. A great read.
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