Westlake really knows how to "spin a yarn". Each character is terrific. An implausible plot, but I felt like this could really happen.
This is the kind of story that works well on Audible because there are not dozens of characters and locations that need to be referenced with printed material. But the narrator was bad - which might have made the print version preferable in this situation.
Although not plausible, the plot was engaging and clever.
This might be the worst narrator I have ever experienced with Audible. He used pauses poorly and utilized wrong inflections throughout the story. Often he slurred the text, sounding like a drunk. In other situations, his attempt to sound like a woman caused him to imitate PeeWee Herman. Bad choice.
After suffering through the Husband's Secret, I made a fatal mistake in purchasing another book by Liane Moriarty. This is a book written by a woman, narrated by a woman, and featuring nothing but women. Normally I don't have a problem with that, but this book (like Husband's Secret) takes the feminine role to historic levels. The only roles men have are as villians or idiots. Even the professionals in the book (therapists) are woman. The plot in the book could be condensed to an audible book of 3 hours, and the narrator extends the length of this book by 4 hours by the pauses she places in the narration. Even at double speed, the book in ponderous. Now I have really learned my lesson.
I think everyone should read at least one book a year about the Holocaust to remind us of this terrible event in history. And this is a great one. Rosenberg does an outstanding job of mixing fact with fiction to make the story riveting. I was transfixed throughout the book. Very moving.
The book held my interest, but there were certain characters that didn't seem to fit until the very end. That made the book a bit tedious at times. The narrator (January) did a great job of changing her voice, but she failed to pause between subject changes which added confusion to the narration at times. The book was well written, just not as entertaining as I would often hope for in a novel.
Chris is not the greatest narrator. He makes no effort to change his voice as the characters change, which made it difficult - at times - to determine who was speaking. His voice is not crisp, which was annoying at times as I tried to distinguish certain words.
Great story about how politics used to work. This is particularly relevant given the ugly condition that we have in Washington now. Chris had a great perspective in his role with Tip which adds significant credibility to the story.
I agree with many of the comments made by other reviewers. I've read every book that John Grisham has written, but I was growing a little frustrated because he seemed to be straying from what he does best. This book recaptures the excitement that was prevalent in his early books. And - unlike many of his books - he's given us an ending that is satisfying.
Not the best audible performance. I thought Michael spoke a little too slow at times - in a halting fashion. And many of his characters reminded me of a bad impression of Bill Clinton.
Demille is one of my favorite authors. Here is does a great job of blending fact with fiction to present a very entertaining story. I especially enjoyed his interview with the author.
I love WWII stories, and this is one of the best I have read. Even though I knew the thread of the story before I started the book, I was captivated as the story unfolded. My faith in humanity has been restored.
The reunion of these two pilots was truly a moving part of the book. It's disturbing that some people were bothered by this development.
Way too much football drama in a book that was intended as a murder mystery. The story never held my interest, but I stayed with it hoping there was going to be an ending that would intrigue me; no such luck.
I loved the first book in this series; I was engaged in the 2nd book; but the 3rd book was a struggle to get through. It was as if Collins felt she had to extend this to three books but ran out of captivating material. Stephen King would have wrapped this story into a single book and saved us all a little money. I won't give too much away for those of you who haven't started the 3rd book, but I was really disappointed in how Collins handled the resolution of Catniss' decision over Peta and Gayle. As a fundamental theme in all three books, I was shocked that it was resolved in an "off hand" way near the end of the book. I wish I would have saved my 3rd credit.
Resolution between Gale and Peta
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