I listened to this story on a cross-country drive across the US. It was so funny, I laughed out loud, and rarely do that. The wacky characters such as the loser husband who can't ever do anything right, the "murdered" wife, and the hairy bodyguard were priceless. But a special award goes to the narrator who did the best job with his characterizations I have heard on Audible to date. Well worth the download.
This is a courtroom drama novel that will keep wanting to leave it playing long after you should be doing something else, such as getting out of the car to go to work. It is well written, well narrated, and has facts and reality on its side. You can identify with all the characters and they become real.
All was very right with this book, however the ending was just too similar to 100 other courtroom novels with twisted endings. Not original by any means and totally expected.
Except for the ending, this book is well worth your credits and your time.
First, as others have complained the author is one-sided as to his politics. The conservative (and presumably Republican) president is a tough hero through and through, while the moderate president is described as weak and ineffective. To bolster his ridiculous point, Clancy has the president prosecuting a soldier for killing Afgan terrorists in the line of duty. Yeah, like that would really happen. His point of view must be weak if he has to resort to that.
Next, he goes into very contrived detail about every killing and sounds like he is describing a slow-motion video of people's heads being blown apart. It gets old and annoying and comprises about 1/3 of the book.
The last few chapters about a few renegade privateers capturing Osama bin Laden all by themselves while he tries to set off a nuclear device is completely unbelievable and written very poorly.
There are some good parts though. I liked that it followed the terrorists in how they plan and communicate and how they are thwarted by super-human detectives.
It would be a much better book if Clancy left his politics out and concentrated and good storytelling.
Crighton has written many dogs in the last several years and this is certainly one of the worst. The subject and premise of the near-future gene therapy is a great one, and it will come in our lifetime. However this is a book with no cohesive plot, talking birds and talking monkeys, and outlandish scenarios, The book is written in un-related "scenes" and you could start in the middle, end, or beginning and still be just as confused. I kept waiting for all the dozen or so main characters to come together in some related event, but it never came.
Sorry I bought this audible book.
I am only 3 hours into this book. I just cannot understand HOW whoever is in charge of selecting narrators thought the reader of this one was suitable for a best-selling author like Koontz. Like almost everyone else who gave a review, I feel this reader has no place narrating. Her voice is flat, no inflections, no pauses. Kind of like if Rosie the Robot were reading. When she tries to read male quotes, she sounds like she is gargling. It is very hard to get into the book when you are wincing at the narrator's bad reading.
Wait, I know! Maybe they are trying to force people to buy the hard cover book! That's the only reason I can think of to have a bad reader narrating a best selling novel.
Dean Koontz 4 stars, narrator zero stars.
After some very good science and good plot and character writing, (Andromeda Strain, Jurrasic Park) you would think that Crichton would get better at writing science fiction, not worse.
This book starts out well, with a plausible plot and believable, but unlikable characters. However, it quickly progresses to the quite ludicrous plot that computer programmers are trapped at a remote desert facility and being attacked by swarms of intelligent nano-robots of their own making. Predictibly they are killed off one by one, and predictably at least one of the programmers is really a fake person working against the rest and was created by the swarm of evil nanorobots. OK, right. This is a plot that has been used over and over again.
This is a mediocre listen, and there are better ones you can download.
I am not done with the book yet, but so far it is holding my interest. I must say that the narrator (a woman) is so amateur it is laughable. Her attempts at different voices and inflections is ridiculous and hard to listen to. She makes a caricature of narration. She makes listening to the story hard, because she is the one that you focus on, not the story. It is an effort not to laugh at her serious attempts to imitate voices.
I did not know this was an abridged download until I finished the book and read the other reviews. I would not have wasted the download if I had read these reviews.
This is sure not good story-telling. The story lacks the basic elements that books should have. NO suspense. NO conflict. NO resolution. The story is as follows:
1. Twin brothers are recruited to kill terrorist.
2. They kill terrorists by stabbing them with a poison pen.
End of story.
Then the author makes reference to his NEXT book by saying " They have met the teeth of the tiger, now they will meet the BRAINS of the tiger." How lame.
Save your download credit for the unabridged version, or download something by Ludlum.
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