I really enjoyed this fast-paced war thriller. The characters were great and the audio recording was one of the best I've heard. Eric Lincoln does a terrific job. He adds to the excitement of the novel by pacing his narration to the action in the novel.
There are better books to read with this subject matter. Don't waste your time on this one. The characters are boring and I never felt a connection with any of them. Grace, the main character rambles on and on. It doesn't help that the performance is dull as well (but, that may be a result of the content). It raises a couple of interesting discussion questions for a book club, but again there are better books to spend your time on.
There is nothing "interesting" about the book or the characters. There's no depth to any of the characters, and after hours of listening, I found I didn't care about any of them. There's nothing overtly wrong with the story - it's just boring. There are better books to spend your time on.
This is my second time through the book. I read it in hardcover the first time and enjoyed it just as much in audio form. It's a touching novel filled with the most creative use of words and imagery. While a book narrated by Death during WWII may sound depressing, I found the story filled with hope and compassion. This book is on my top 10 list of all time favorites. A must read.
This book has been on my "to read" list for a long time because so many people have recommended it. I kept putting it off however because I absolutely hate circuses. I have to admit that this book pulled me in and it was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed the back and forth between the younger and older Jacob. Great narraters added to the story.
Probably more enjoyable if you've read the other books. I've read a couple, but not all and I felt a little lost at times trying to keep everyone straight. It's a complicated plot to follow with lots of characters, and at times it's just way too wordy. Lou Diamond Phillips is an awesome reader however and brings a lot to the story. I'll look for more books read by him.
This book of intertwining stories about the staff of an international newspaper is well-written with interesting characters. Unfortunately, every single story is a downer. It got to be predictable. It was like the author kept trying to outdo himself in the ways he could make the characters miserable. The book would have fared better with a couple of happy stories thrown in.
This early Koontz novel must get by on his name recognition as it certainly doesn???t live up the reputation he???s built with his other suspense thrillers. The characters are shallow and the plot is predictable. He manages to keep the excitement flowing, but the overall result puts this at the bottom of my list of recommended reads by Dean Koontz.
I really enjoy Preston and Child???s page-turning stories, and I???m a fan of Special Agent Pendergast. The beginning starts off great and sucks you in. Unfortunately, the ending wasn???t satisfying and leaves me wondering if the Pendergast storyline has run its course.
When I actually read this book the first time, I was challenged by the Swedish names of locations in the book. Stumbling through them really threw off the flow of the storyline for me. In addition, it was a slow read as the plot is often painfully bogged down by excessive details. With all the rave reviews it???s received though, I was compelled to try it again ??? this time in audio. Listening to it was much more enjoyable. Overall though, I still don???t feel it lives up all the hype.
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