I've been a Stephen White fan since his first book Alan Gregory Book. This book is a huge disappointment. It was slow, and tedious. At times boring. There was little action and a lot of self talk. The other characters could almost be figments of Alan's imagination as we never really got a sense of who they were except through Alan's mental take on them. I think new comers to Stephen White would think these characters to be flat cardboard cutouts. Maybe it's time to move on from this series into something different.
This was my first listen to a Neal Stephenson book and it was quite entertaining. It was slow to begin, and I was close to stopping it. Keep listening!
The story is intricate and has a number of well developed characters.
Suspend belief because there was a lot of things that would never happen in the real world. But this is fiction and so that doesn't bother me.
Two things did bother me. The author needs to find synonyms for "reckon". That word was terribly over used to the point that it became annoying.
The narrator had trouble with the accents. It would be better if he didn't even try. But it wasn't a huge distraction from the over all story. In the long run I would call it a good narration, but not perfect.
In the end this was a great story and I'm quite happy to have spent the time listening to it.
Taut Storyline. Great Characterizations. Unexpected plot.
Yes! Usually Reacher is in a new town with a person or group of people in need of his special talents. This was different in that there wasn't any one place that was the center of the story. Instead it was all about the action. I couldn't guess what would happen next and that is much appreciated from an avid reader (and listener).
Dick Hill does is usual masterful job of individualizing the characters so you know who is thinking and saying what.
I love the Reacher series and have since book 1. This one is definitely in my top 3 of the Reacher novels. Loved it!
It's a great story from beginning to end. It will keep you listening and involved with the characters as they solve the mysteries.
I'm loving the story. It's captivating and fun.
One reason for the 4 star rating is because the narrator moved from one section to another without even a breath in between. It's a bit confusing to be listening about one group of characters and then another group with no segue to mark the change.
I think this was a great way to introduce us to new writers. I'm glad it was free, because I would have considered it a waste of a credit. I have listened to part 1 and most of part 2 and I just can't go on. The characters are not developed enough to be interesting. Very little seems to have happened at all during this time. What has happened so far has been reduced to dry explanations rather than exciting descriptions of power hungry people taking over another country.
When I read or listen to a book, I make an effort to finish it no matter what. In this case I'm not going any further. I tried to like it, but it was a failure.
I loved the content of the book, but the narrator was just awful. Every time she said the name Ty is was a plaintive whine much like a cat in heat. It truly is a shame to have such a great book be diminished by a bad narrator.
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