The book is similar to an epic, whereas the main character travels al over the world. From Bulgaria, to Russia, to Spain, to France, to Switzerland, to Czechoslovakia, and so on. It gives an idea of life before and during WWII.
The book has tons of unneeded character development. For example it takes a half hour or so to develop three characters, giving historical background and logging years of conversations in the village bar, to have then both arrested and hanged in the very next paragraph, all to no avail. Also, there are so many characters with similar Eastern European names, it was very difficult to keep them all straight.
In the end, I'm glad I read the book, but this won't be one that I'll remember for very long.
The narrator of this story does three voices really well. An upper-middle class white guy, a Texan, and an Italian-American from Brooklyn. The only problem is, those seem to be the ONLY voices he can do, and every character is a variation of that. It really threw me when the narrator read that two characters were speaking Vietnamese.to each other, then turned and started speaking English. The accent used sounded like a west-Texan Marlboro Man.
As far as the story itself goes, it starts with a great idea and finishes strong. But like several other Maberry novels, there are just a few too many points thrown in that are just so, well, dumb, that it makes the novel less fun. Maberry also must have a thing with albinos, because this is the second novel of his where the bad guy has been one. Zombies become a secondary, even a tertiary plot device and really aren't that scary at all.
This is an average zombie book at best, so if you're buying it in hopes it will help give you a zombie fix, save it for a day when you can't find much else that's any better. As for me - I'll read the sequels just to see if they get any better. If Maberry's Joe Ledger series is any indicator though, the series started out as a zombie book and none of the rest had any zombies in them. What a rip off! I quit reading them.
This book was a great. One of the best zombie books I've read. The main character is a pilot, so it lets you answer the question I know I've always asked, "what about getting into an airplane to escape the zombie horde?"
I've been an audiobook listener for many years. This book won't stand out in my memory for any long period of time. While the author wrote an interesting tale, it was torn to shreds in it's presentation by the narrator. The narrator of this story did such a bad job I honestly feel sorry for Mr. North. The narrator reminded me of a middle school kid struggling through a drama club play rehearsal while reading the lines right off the script. He stumbled through sentences, couldn't pronounce words, and gave the general impression that he didn't prepare. I feel if another narrator would have read the book, it would have been more interesting. I'm sorry, but there isn't much more to say than that.
I loved Alan Furst and bought this book only because it was new and had has name on it. I'm afraid I won't buy another book by Furst until it's been vetted by others.
Furst wrote great novels about peasants and espionage. Now he likes to tell stories about snobs and espionage. I'm just not into that.
Yes, George Guidall. But this book was so poorly written I'm not sure his masterful narration would have made a difference.
I can't answer that question.
Nope, that says it all.
The book is narrated by a British man with a heavy British accent. Unlike many other good audiobooks, the narrator doesn't bother trying to do accents that fit the nationality they are reading (French, German, etc) but just reads with different British accents. Also, the book itself is about an incredibly dense wife who is hopelessly ignorant to the ways of the world. The book is a giant cliche, and unfortunately isn't that interesting.
This is a fantastic short novel that continues in the tradition of Twain's characters, but moves well beyond what Twain may have envisioned. The book has sad moments, and moments that show the true bond of men. Additionally, it has scenes that are so horrifying they quicken the heart of a grown man. The narrator’s pace is a bit slow, but his reading and especially his interpretation of Finn's voice is phenomenal. I highly recommend this book.
This book is well written and well narrated. If you’ve read other Furst WWII spy novels, such as Night Soldiers, then you’ll find little well placed hints that tie the stories together. Also, the author has a bit of humor in his writing that brings a healthy smile. Highly recommended, and well enjoyed.
I love WWII spy novels, and I feel that this was one of the best. I could truly feel the characters, and am glad I got this one.
I'm a diver myself, and this was a fantastic read. The suspense was great. Anyone who is interested in WWII, or SCUBA, or submarines should read this.
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