Having read or listened to over 15 other Baldacci novels (and LOVED them all) I was sorry I didn't read the negative reviews on this one.
I DETEST the music and sound effects that are creeping in to many recordings lately. The music and effects included in this one was over the top and didn't enhance the experience for me at all. It is extremely annoying and distracting.
Nevertheless, when the story is phenomenal, I grit my teeth and ignore the sappy music or gun shot noise. The plot here is so far fetched I couldn't decide which was more painful.
It's hard for me to believe that this book is not a first effort by an author who may or may not get published one day. Does Baldacci now have a stable of writers cranking out books for him like James Patterson?
There were failures (in my opinion) with the early audible versions of this terrific series. I read them in print. But The Empty Throne, read by Matt Bates, is extraordinary (as was the last book, "The Pagan Lord"). I love this series and expect a story that is wonderful from Cornwell. I'm never disappointed. This tale, so beautifully enhanced with the narration, left me in awe of Matt's amazing talents. When the book ended, I started it from the beginning, to enjoy it again. The writing and the narration are absolutely wonderful. I miss Uhtred already.
A lovely little drawing room comedy set in Pre-World War II Britain. Frances McDormand is perfect as Miss Pettigrew (and all of the other characters she voices). Although the plot differs quite a bit from the motion picture version, I enjoyed it more thanks a great deal to McDormand's interpretations. A sweet little treasure for a sleepy afternoon.
This book worked for me on many levels: It is a suspenseful thriller; it kept me interested in the characters and the plot (which I found believable); and it was EXCEPTIONALLY well produced and performed by a very large cast of talented actors. I have hundreds of books in my library, and It is one of the few I will listen to again. This isn't just a keeper but one I will recommend to all my friends who are thinking about exploring audible books.
I enjoyed Jamie Glover's narration and adore Bernard Cornwell's writing. But it's a travesty that abridged versions of these glorious novels are allowed to be created. There isn't a book printed that couldn't benefit from some editing. But half? The Saxon Chronicles are a little over 300 pages long. When they are abridged you get all the battles and little of the character development. So disappointing.
I listened to Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. They were each about 39 hours long and they were superb. What am I missing? Is there a goal of how many books one can listen to in a certain amount of time? What difference does it make how long a book on tape runs if the goal is to enjoy the story and performance? The longer it runs, the longer you have the pleasure of experiencing the book.
I'm currently reading the print editions of The Saxon Chronicles and may try the one or two unabridged versions of this series, but will not waste any more credits on the abridged versions.
I seldom listen to non-fiction books because they don't keep my attention like a complex mystery or thriller, and save them for when I have time to sit down with hard copies and read them. However, I am delighted to report that I couldn't put this remarkable book down and intend to listen to everything Bill Bryson has written. Although other reviewers were unsatisfied with the author's narration, I didn't mind it. Yes, a Simon Vance or Dick Hill or one of the other extraordinary performers I've discovered on Audible may have added to the experience. But, I didn't need that and am actually glad that I experienced this fascinating work by the talented man who created it.
Sooooo disappointed in this book. It was so difficult to follow actual events / dream states / present / past transitions. I don't doubt that it would have made at least a little more sense if I were reading the book instead of listening, which is a criticism I've read in other reviews and I agree. But it is flawed on so many levels. The narrator is fine when using his own voice but his attempt to speak English with a Norwegian or with other European accents doesn't work. I found the Norwegian names so difficult to sort out and understand but I had no trouble with the foreign names in the Stieg Larsson Trilogy. I'll try Nesbo again in written form but no more Nesbo audiobooks for me.
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