I really like the novels of Robert Crais, particular the Elvis Cole novels read by James Daniels (but not so much the Elvis Cole novels read by the other guys). This was pretty good. Not as good as an Elvis Cole novel, but better than average.
A completely different plot.
I had high expectations for the plot because I read an article in which Stephen King had recommended this novel. However, the plot never really developed. The ending was just a detail that really was meaningless in the context of the book.
Yes, the narrator was fine.
Having a child named
I listen to several books per month. I only take the time to write a review when a book is particularly good or particularly bad. This was of the latter sort. Frankly, I am surprised that I got all the way through it. I may not have if my player had not allowed me to listen to the last 3/4 of the novel at double the normal speed.
Silva is a really great writer, and Phil Gigante does a nice job (better than John Lee, I think).
You do not have to have read the last novel, "The Moscow Rules," to enjoy this.
I wish there were more unabridged Silva novels - I've already gone through them all.
This was really disappointing. Frequently, books that Audible recommends (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are good. This was not.
The plot was hard to believe. I won't give spoilers, but the time frames are all wrong. At times, the novel is pointlessly violent. I don't mind violence, but in this novel, it felt like it was added on as a dramatic device.
The narration was overdone. The reader tried too hard to do too many distinct voices. Most of the the male voices are grating. The Latin accent of the narrator was very forced. The reader has a nice speaking voice (when she reads the title at the start of each part), but I don't like this much drama in a reading.
I've downloaded two clinkers in a row from Audible. I might just listen to music for a while.
I thought this story was pretty clever. I do not listen to much sci-fi anymore -- I seldom find it entertaining -- but the description appealed to me and the novel did not let me down.
No worries - this is NOT "hard" science fiction. There was no work in trying to follow the science to get through this one.
I like Eisler's books about John Rain. Maybe I was expecting too much, but this novel was a disappointment.
The premise was too unbelievable. (If you know anything about software or patent law, do NOT buy this book.) The relationships between the brothers and the woman just did not seem to work.
Try another Eisler book - the others are really good. This one just was not.
These guys write a good story. It was interesting, it was surprising (at least in parts), and it was entertaining. I give it four stars because it does not live up to the Diogenes trilogy, but it is better than Wheel of Darkness.
Personally, I prefer Scott Brick's narration to Rene Auberjonois, though I know others disagree.
The theme of this book -- and BEWARE that this is just the first volume of a trilogy -- is that all we do is subject to monitoring by corporations and the government. Unfortunately, by the time one reaches the end of this novel, one has been beaten to death with that concept. And then beaten some more.
The novel became increasingly more preachy and uninteresting as it wore on. I only kept listening to see how it would end . . . only to find out that this was the first novel of a trilogy. I, for one, have no intention of listening to the next two parts.
If you are interested in the theme, get a copy of Orwell's "1984." If you already have read 1984, you would be better off reading it again instead of spending time on "The Traveler."
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