I just couldn't get through this book. After a few hours I have to give it up. I bought it because of the great reviews and am really disappointed. I really like thrillers but this seems to be a slow moving WW2 story with confusing Norwegian characters mired in philosophical debates about Fascism and the Nazis. Did I read the reviews wrong?? In any case if you buy it be prepared to listen to a ponderous war story, NOT a current day thriller. There are flashes of a current thriller but in my reading so far there are only brief flashes.
Really dated story and yes, it's military science fiction, but so old school it's almost silly at this point. Kind of like watching really old episodes of Star Trek. The writing is only mediocre and the main character isn't particularly well developed. If you're looking for old school read almost anything by Heinlein, or these days read James S.A. Corey.
7 hours in I still really didn't know who the characters were, and more importantly just didn't care. The non linear structure didn't bother me as much as the fact that there was no real protagonist. No one was really likable or all that interesting. I thought the story was needlessly complex and unjustifiably, self consciously obscure. If you're going to make something "hard to figure out" there has to be a payoff somewhere, and after 7 hours I still hadn't found one. So I just gave up. There are far better books around , despite the excellent writing.
Small amount of cute time travel asides, but mostly the story of an adolescent girls first love. Not a bad book, just not that interesting as first love stories go.
found it too vague, story not compelling, a bit hard to follow, couldn't get involved in the characters
Yes it's very violent, but the writing is so poetic, so brilliant, so evocative, the violence almost doesn't matter. This series is probably his best as the main character and story are fully developed. However, McKinty can develop a character in a paragraph, so he really didn't need 3 books to do it. I've read all his books narrated by Mr Doyle and also feel the blend of the narration and the writing is one of the best I've ever heard in my 300 audible titles. DO NOT miss this author with worries about the harsh language or violence. The compensation of sheer poetry and organic narration are well worth it.
John Lee, usually one of the best narrators, seems unengaged and the production is terrible. The volume shifts so often you either can't hear him or the narration is blasting in your ears. Many reviewers have praised the scope of the story, but after listening for a good number of hours I STILL can't figure out who is who, and why they are doing what they are doing. It's very scattered and really doesn't hang together as a whole, at least not yet, and I really have given it a chance. I have read many wide ranging SciFy stories and they at least have a coherent base story line that you can follow. This one doesn't even have a single, or even a few protagonists that you can keep track of. I really wanted to like this but just can't get into it.
McKinty always writes beautifully and the narrator is excellent as usual. This book is darker than is typical; which makes it pretty darn dark .The protagonist is unsympathetic and the story is a bit predictable. If you want to read McKinty I'd recommend The Cold Cold Ground or Falling Glass.
Poorly written, weakly narrated, (can't tell the characters apart), and just rather dull. It should be an exciting time in history, but the story never gets going, and never seems to go anywhere. Don't waste your credits, try Hornet Flight by Follett if you want excellent WW2 fiction.
Not much of a book. I thought it was silly and hardly worth listening too. I finished it, but if you like this kind of book and haven't listened to Ready Player One, it's a better bet. Penumbra's seems like it was plotted out on someone's computer and then written from out from someones writing program. I suppose I just didn't buy it. The narrator, however, was perfect for the story. He redeemed the whole thing.
Seriously, this book is crap. If John Grisham actually wrote this, he should either be ashamed or just quit writing. It's pedestrian, predictable and silly. I have vowed NEVER to buy another book by him as in addition to having no real story to tell, he appears to be adding useless details to increase his word count. If you like books in this genre read Gone Girl which actually has real twists and suspense. This has a dull, ponderous generic narrative. Don't bother.
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