I bought this book based on the predominately positive reviews, and was not disappointed. The story is interesting, but not so convoluted that it's hard to follow. The characters are engaging and well-defined. What really makes this book shine, in my opinion, is the narrator. Many male readers have a hard time getting the right tone for female characters, but David Colacci presented the women as effortlessly as the varied accents of the many male characters. No artificial falsetto screeches here; his women have slightly husky, but definitely feminine voices.
Overall, this is a very interesting and entertaining story. While there is violence (it's a spy story, after all), it's not excessive. I admit to being a little squeamish when violence is described in minute detail, but nothing in this story ever made me want to skip forward.
I'm looking forward to more of this author's writing!
Yes, I believe so. It certainly pales in comparison to the Stephen King story that led so many of us to it, but it's an interesting tale in it's own right. I'll agree with other reviewers that the detail in the story drags on forever, and it definitely could have been told as well or better in half the words, but overall it was an intriguing story and I enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, the narration also suffers when compared to Craig Wasson's performance of
For anyone who is considering this based on the afterword in King's
It seems rather pointless to have two narrators if you're not going to have the man read all of the male characters and the woman read all of the female ones. Simply alternating chapters only created confusion by giving each character two 'voices'. I like both narrators, and have enjoyed Patrick Lawlor's narration of other books, but I never really got comfortable with him as Nash.
This is definitely more romance than espionage thriller, but the story kept me entertained throughout. This was my first Suzanne Brockmann book, and while I enjoyed it, I'm not sure that I'll use my credits for any more.
The "Publisher's Summary" is really misleading. It makes this book sound like a sex-at-the-office-but-no-plot story, and that is the furthest thing from the truth. This is more of a legal/political thriller -- granted, it's not a real intense thriller and there is a definite romantic subplot, but there is much more to it than the summary indicates. It's a very engaging story, and well read by this narrator. I enjoyed every minute of it!
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer -- this is the best I've ever heard using two narrators. Joyce Bean's voice has a very pleasant tone and she does accents beautifully. Dick Hill's narration takes a little bit of getting used to because of his delivery style, but he also has a very pleasant voice and very clear enunciation. When reading 'in character', they are both amazing -- conversations between them flow easily with all of the nuances of the characters' personalities.
The only thing I thought was a bit unexpected about this story was the lack of tension. I was surprised at how easily the two main characters trusted each other and other people with no background information at all. I was also surprised at how often that worked out just fine -- with the CIA and all of those bad guys I expected a few more double crosses. Personally, I prefer this style so I was very pleased with the story.
And you REALLY don't want to miss those love scenes!
This story seemed a bit slow to get going -- for most of the first section I felt that there were several questions, but no real 'mystery'. The big mystery really appeared in part 2 and made me appreciate the detail and background that led up to it. This is a richly detailed story with some fascinating twists, and the music is the icing on the cake. I have a new favorite author!
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