I love spy novels and especially the stories crafted by Tom Clancy. HOWEVER, this book is one of the worst books I've listened to from Audible. The story is too long, improbable and at times inconsistent. I think you'd rather listen to The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille.
I'm not sure why I continue to listen. The characters are simple and boring. The plot is going nowhere and the characters play no important part in history like great historical fiction by those like O'Brien.
The heroes are no heroes and take way to long to do anything.
I also don't really like the narrator. He reads everything with suspense.
I'm going to be more careful in my selection historical fiction by an author others praise.
I enjoyed the idea of city states in a post economic collapse America. However, the plot was a bit silly and I don't think that was the authors intention. Because the author was so inaccurate (intellectually offensive) in areas I know well like. theology, I couldnt trust any of the information provided in other areas I'm not as familiar with like ancient archaeology and language. This was disappointing because I like to learn from fiction when I can. I think if the author had left out all the left-wing politics and the two in-depth description of the virus we could have had a much better novel.
Similar but much later novel, Ready Player One, is a much better example of a post economic collapse America. Will Wheaton the narrator in both these books does an okay job but is not as gifted as some of the more regular talent we here in audiobooks.
The narrator was amazing with earthling and alien accents. I was truly mesmerized and never distracted from the story. I don't think I've ever heard a narrator add so much to a story since I listened to the Aubrey Maturin Series with Simon Vance.
The story was fresh and full of political and scientific interest. I believed all the characters, alien and earthlings motivation. It always made sense so that when everything came together I got it. Foot Fall. Great Title.
No, looking forward to them.
No way. I enjoyed it over a couple weeks.
One of the reasons I love historical fiction is how much it teaches me. Not only did I learn more about the KGB, the Mossad and the production of nuclear weapons, but I was never bored and up let several nights not wanting to turn it off. As always Ken Follet delivers interesting characters in extraordinary situations.
Characters were great and really enjoyed how it all comes together.
I listened to several hours of this book and am still not quite sure what was going on. I'm sure I missed the first book about this universe or something, but there are many books from the middle of a series that stand on their own. This one does not. The author seems to interested in the technology and society of the far future than how the characters and situations develop in the context of that technology and society. If you are Niven fan, you might like this. If you are a Asimov and Card fan, then you may not find this enjoyable.
It was interesting to read a Follett book about characters and situations in my own world. I also appreciated Josephine Bailey's narration.
I couldn't put this down. I loved the logical puzzles and interesting dialogue.
This was great and so glad I took the time to listen. There is an unnecessarily graphic sex scene (more than normal Ken Follet), which is why it doesn't get four stars. Just fast forward and you'll be fine.
This series of books is better than I expected. Asimov built on I Robot so very well. I love the characters and the complex dialogue. Many of the current Sci-Fi authors should re-read books like this to understand what the genre is supposed be... real characters asking a question about society.
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