It is a good book, as typical with most current authors, follows similar and predictable formula and just fills in dates, times, names, etc.... They are enjoyable, hence why I read and listen to them. My issue is with Scott Brick. Normally, I like his reading of books. This time, he has spent too much trying to place accents in his annunciation (which would work if he did a good job at it), which is very annoying and not at all realistic. It got so aggravating that I couldn't even finish it and had to return it. Apparently, Scott has narrated a lot of Berry's books, and does the same accent with any European character. I have listened to Scott on other author's works, and is not as annoying, but to me, this is too much.
I understand all of us has a certain bias towards politics. I have read all of Follett's work before, including the first 2 books of this trilogy. While you could tell those biases from his previous works, in this novel, they all come out in droves.
The narrator was excellent as ever. I am not a republican, nor a democrat either, but if the president was a democrat, he was praised, if he was a republican, then he was villified. No mention of Carter, and all the male characters were weak, some evil, whereas all the women characters were strong. Likewise, from the Russian POV characters, nary a work on Afghanistan, and that was a huge world event.
This is a work of fiction, and it was like Follett was trying to bend fiction to his version of reality. It was really forced
That being said, John Lee made this book bearable. If you want a book to sell you on liberalism, then this is the book for you. For fiction, historical fiction, this falls short of the mark.
I enjoyed the book. I like the idea of a female and male narrator, as when a man tries to imitate a woman's voice, or vice versa, you have to let your imagination run wild.
But, if they are going to use 2 narrator's, at least the producers should record both of them so that the conversations are seamless. You can obviously tell, they recorded separately, and the producers mixed it to fit the book, which several times made the book feel not so great.
With that being said, the narrator's are good, the story is your typical story line - not a Pulitzer prize winner for sure, but if you like David Baldacci, then you will like this book.
It is worth the credit.
Not all reviews will be the same, as a great book to some, will be boring to others. The majority of reviews here are spot on.
Great Book in all senses. I loved the story line - The detractors say this book is too ....predictable...Yet...You will find those who complain usually like fantasy books with a different style, and yes, those books are....predictable...as well.
This is good versus evil, and the struggle therein. The narrator is absolutely great!!! The inflections he uses especially in pivotal parts in the story make the book come alive.
The author makes the characters come to life, and you find yourself quickly immersed in this world. There isn't 100 pages or 30 minutes of waiting to get into this novel - For me, I was drawn in immediately, and didn't want to stop.
Yes. In fact I have listened and read to this book at least five times. Great character author, and Cameron Beierle was absolutely great in his narration.
All of Edding's series starting with book 1 of the Belgariad to this conclusion to the Mallorean series. Each book is a puzzle, and just like with the satisfaction of putting together a big puzzle, this book was great.
Belgarath - With Cameron's natural strong voice, it made the performance of Belgarath outstanding. Inflections were great, reactions, and voice acting was superb.
In that this was the conclusion to a 5 book series, and even deeper, a 10 book series that included the Belgariad, there were a lot of emotions involved. The Eddings (David and Leigh) make the characters sound alive and real. What is great is that this book was written by husband/wife, so you can really tell the individual personalities from the male/female characters. It is impossible over 10 books with all the characters being so closely knit, and so believable, to not have an emotional reaction. To me, it was satisfaction. Complete.
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