This is the best example of past and present woven seamlessly into a story I've read in more than fifty years. Normally, a writer's attempt to produce 'great' art falls flat, as the author forgets to entertain while being cleaver. But this time, it was done beautifully.
This is a breakout effort; it is like the writer was just cruising before; he has come awake and hit the gas with this one. Everything that just wasn’t quite up to snuff has been perfected here.
Story has excellent plot and pacing; can be listened to several times running. Reader is acceptable.
The novel is "up to snuff with the rest of this series, but there is a hidden prize for the listener, after the story ends; a long and delightful interview between author and reader, which is not merely the best I've ever heard--it's in a class by itself
The first two books were good, and then better; this one rates "best." The reader hasn't improved, but only because he set the bar so high to begin with.
Good story, and character development; sound and entertaining. What else would we expect from Baldacci?
This book, unlike the side-trip before it, returns to business as usual with the series, and is pretty good.
Weber has "run the gears" in books one through three, and now he's racing down the freeway here in book four. The reader also seems very comfortable in his role; together, they're smooth as a luxury sedan doing ninety. This book is not only entertaining, but quite satisfying. Unfortunately, it caps the story nicely, so the author may not get back to this series for years :-(
The reader is excellent, and like the author, only improves with each book in this series. Furthermore, all four books read like power shifting of a manual transmission; your head snaps back as each book accelerates past the previous novels; a very satisfying experience.
I patiently waited while the author set up new characters; this cut down on the action to talk ratio even more than usual. My reward was to be the big ending...which didn't happen; he didn't conclude the story, so much as just drop it! there is a social contract between authors and fans, and it has been stepped on--badly!
Delivers on all fronts: Story line; plot; characters; historically plausible; author doesn't forget to entertain; excellent reader.
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