The author weaves an interesting tale that CIA adventure story afficianados like myself will enjoy. However, it kind of peters out near the end and never delivers on its promise. The big problem with this book is that the reader does a horrendous job. While he does OK on some of the male characters, you are not sure whether to laugh or retch each time that he provides a female characterization. It is really too bad because while I did not love the book, I think that I could have enjoyed it considerably more if it had a decent reader. Overall, there are better summer listens out there than this.
If you like historical fiction, this is a must read. It tends towards the pulp novel at times but is still thoroughly enjoyable. The reader does a fine job of bringing the characters alive.
All I could feel while listening to this book was pity for the poor reader. He tried so ahrd to breath life into what is otherwise a poor book. Not only is the plot line incredibly dull and cliched, but the book is so poorly written as to make you want to hit the stop button. Save your money and go for something different unless you have an absolute obesession with all things pit bull.
There is nothing better than a Gaiman story read by Gaiman himself. The story is the typical Gaiman with twists that you would never imagine and fantastical elements that seem quite believable in the world he creates. The reading of the story greatly enhances the already wonderful tale. I am a big Gaiman fan and this made me more of one.
A good read of a haunting story about how demented people can be. It is hard to tell who is worse, the medical establishments or the mass murderer. If you like true-life murder mysteries, this is a good one.
Well written and well read, this is an interesting story about a woman working for British Intelligence in the 1970s. McEwan does a good job of developing the characters and the story keeps you interested, but it is overall more about the literary device than about real plot. I enjoyed it, but was left wanting a bit more from the story.
First off, this is a book like Neverwhere or Master & Commander (Patrick Tull version) that is worth listening to just because the performance is so good. The story defies easy description and if I had read a description I would probably not have listened to the book. However, several people highly recommended the book and they were right. The story can drag a bit at times and the need to pay attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter is not immediately apparent. However, these minor foibles do not take away from this interesting adventure story placed at the boundary between fantasy and reality. A great read if you are OK with stories whose key theme is magic.
I saw this promoted a lot and thought I would try it out. It makes the Twilight novels look like great literature. If you are in the mood for a hokey vampire book with the sophistication of a baloney sandwich, this is your book. If you want something with plot, characters and a modicum of style, move on.
I found that this book started rather slow and at first I did not think I cared for the narrator. However, Hart wraps you around a slew of great Southern characters and keeps the twists and turns coming so that by the end I broke my hard and fast rule of only listening while I ran. Hart writes very well and he is a good yarn teller. The reader also grew on me quite a bit over the length of the book. If you like a mystery with a substnative story and good characters, this is a great choice.
If you have njoyed other books in the series, this one will not disappoint. Good twists, turns and adventure. Patrick Tull deserves credit for giving incredible life to these books. He is one of the best readers I have encountered.
The book is poorly written and poorly read. I hung on until the end thinking that the book had to have some redeeming feature. I was wrong. I love spy and espionage novels that are clever and suspenseful. This book had glimpses of cleverness, but they were few and far between. What appeal the characters had, was destroyed by the reader, who seemed to have a sneer on his face throughout. Don't waste your time.
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