If you've read Escape from Camp 14 you have a good idea what North Korean prisons are like. North Korean life outside its prisons does not appear to be much better. I found this book difficult to comprehend at times. I questioned why the author devoted so much time to particular individuals, or why he chose a particular sequence of events to weave the story together. In the end it didn't matter. The point was clear, the story was disturbing and the inhuman manipulation that is North Korea was stunningly revealed. The book is a work of art. It is impressive. You just have to be prepared for a nasty ride.
I get tired of underdeveloped characters with illogical motives who exist for no purpose other than to fill a place in a far fetched plot. Jess Walter's characters were the exact opposite. They were an extremely entertaining and diverse group of carefully crafted individuals who made perfect sense as living, breathing human beings. He weaves a story that is entirely unpredictable, but not at the expense of credibility. A great plot and a great listen. Edoardo Ballerini was a perfect choice for this audio book. This book is fun.
Let me begin by saying that I like Nelson DeMille. If you've read the Lion books, where Corey's sense of humor was rather amusing, you will soon find him entirely annoying, predictable and (by the end of the book) absolutely intolerable. I kept hoping his "straight man" wife would just shoot him. What ever you do, don't buy the unabridged version! The abridged version is much shorter. As usual, Scott Brick was great. In fact, I bought the book thinking: "Its Scott Brick, what could be the problem?" Now I know.
This is an excellent companion for anyone planning to see Spielberg's "Lincoln" since they are both set near the end of the Civil War. They are complimentary to one another and are very informative. While I generally like Bill O'Reilly, he should not have narrated this. My "no spin" take is that he does an okay job, but his television voice simply doesn't compare to some of the better Audible narrators. The book deserves a more serious and historical tone.
I recommend that Lee Child sell the dwarf the rights to this. That way I won't have to feel bad about refusing to see the movie and all of the other Reacher gems will be safe.
I bought this book because I really like David Baldacci, the blurb sounded good and the cover art was great. What a disappointment.
I knew I wasn't going to like the production the minute I heard gunfire that should have been left to the listener's imagination. The production got worse as a female voice actor was introduced into the mix. Don't get me wrong. Both voice actors did a great job and this is not intended as criticism of them. Unfortunately, one male reader would have been sufficient as the story was horrific. The story was so entirely implausible that Baldacci actually felt compelled to explain how all the absurd underdeveloped characters fit together. To be perfectly frank, I think the editor read the first draft and had absolutely no clue what had happened or why. The result was a completely absurd justification for a ridiculous plot, bad plot development and ill-conceived characters. Even the young girl was no more than a contrivance. At the end publisher should have provided a justification letting Baldacci's reputation get tarnished by this dog of a book. (No offense to dogs.) Next time I'll wait for the reviews before committing my time. I should have turned it off at the first sound of gunfire.
This is more than a book about Steve Jobs. It is an insight into our digital world and its denizens. Do yourself a favor. Read it next.
There will, no doubt, be Fever Dream sequel. I will not be reading it. The only thing less plausible that the characters in this silly book is the plot. What a disappointment! These are excellent authors, but this is far from best work. About 1/2 way through it you will want to put it down. Follow your instincts.
You know the story, but the people behind it are the crux of this book. It might be overly technical, but I found it particularly enjoyable since I missed the event on television due to a pesky little war going on at the time.
This is not just your yaddah yaddah tell all. I came away tremendously impressed by Google, Douglas Edwards, the Founders and a truly amazing cast of characters making their way in a world of opportunity on a rather bizzare silicon valley playing field. I admit that that I only understand some of technical issues a little better. Nevertheless, if, like me, you have used Google's growing arsenal of tools since its infancy, you will find this a particularly interesting history lesson, even though some of it is going to be over your head too.
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