This was my first Neal S book and it will not be my last. Great premise and a great read/listen. A little long for my taste but due to the cast of characters and complexity of their involvement I'm not sure how it could have been shortened. Stephenson writes well and his descriptions are excellent. -- Thanks for a great time, I was almost sorry to have the book end.
May be a great book but not for me - Mr. Koontz has veered too far into the supernatural for me to continue to be a reader. - I'm sure some will find this a good or even great book -- I won't be in the mix.
Interesting and very factual book - I'm sure, however it was just to cerebral for a listen - probably a better reference book than one to listen to --- I'm just sayin....
Great story - as expected from a superb author. I will comment on what others also have, the reader. Terrible is a polite word - How the author, assuming he had veto power, could ever have approved this guy as a reader of his hard earned work, will remain a mystery to me to my grave. The editors as well... How could you do this? This guy is abominable, and I might add totally unfamiliar with the landscape of the book.
Mispronounced words that to any resident of California would be familiar, just add to the fingernail scraping the blackboard effect of the narration. FYI - Castaic is pronounced Cast- stay-ick, not Cas-steak. - at least where I live.
There are too many others to even mention here.
My advice? -- buy the book - and read it - this is a terrible listen.
Not sure how the "Overall" rating got to 4 stars. This was one very disappointing book. . I've been a big Lee Child and Dick Hill fan for many years but "Personal" a personal let down. Mr. Child tried to bring it all back together in the ending but -- really, this was a slow, "phoned In" book.
When a guy way under 6' (As one reviewer accurately described as a midget) was cast as Jack Reacher for the last Reacher movie - I thought it could not get more disappointing - I was way wrong
Maybe next time?
Mr. Woods always does a good job with his wealthy characters but this time it's just too much. Too Political, too unbelievable, too bizarre. I'm a Stuart Woods fan but this time it appears he is no fan of his readers. Save your money and your credit.
I'm amazed that people still strive to be the best of the best when I read books such as this. Where the power of jealous politicians, lawyers and the general public clearly show that capitalism and success in America is no longer praised but reviled.
This is a great read/listen and gives some excellent background to what the main stream press never details.
I'm writing this as i've just finished the first 3 hours of this book and truly -- I strongly considered asking for a return. So far the banal babblings of Blue van Meer are about to make me drive off the road. -- I'll invest another few hours but, really - I do wish she would just get to the point already. -- More later
This is a good book - I guess I'm just overdosed on Scott Brick - his dramatic style of narration is just too much - at least for this book. The reading style had me mentally zoned out and spending way too much time analyzing the story line -- I never really just sat back and enjoyed the story, I was too busy hoping Mr. Brick would speed it up or just stop acting like he was performing some Shakespearean epic. -- I am avoiding any book read by Scott Brick for a while.
Halfway through and enjoying this book. It's amazing to learn so much about a guy -- that we learned so much about in school--- but really, we learned very little. Make any sense? Well, I've learned more about Jefferson and the revolution from this book then I remember l
"learning" in school. So, good read, time well spent. Readers and story get 2 thumbs up from me.
Maybe I've just listened to too much Scott Brick but this book was, at best, OK. Brick seems to make every singe sentence and I mean every single word of every single sentence dramatic. The book and the story is dramatic - in places, but not every single word in every single sentence.
The story had some good twists an a few action scenes but all in all it was ----OK
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