It was an OK listen. This book is out of the James Mitchner style saga with a character contrived to be at every turning point in World War II-from Pearl Harbor to the Manhattan Project and I sure DDay will be covered as I go along. Characters are a bit cardboard but if one is willing for suspend reality , it is ok. Not great.
Follett's books are predictable-if you have a long drive ahead and want something to listen to, this works.
I loved all of John Lee's Phillip Kerr books but discover that he cannot do an American accent and his woman's voices, particularly American, are terrible. His best is working class Brits and Russians-the reader for these books needs to have more linguistic skills than Lee...but not a deal breaker but series not outstanding.
Not on big screen...maybe as a Netflix stream.
All in all, OK, not great.
As a long time afficiando of the fantasy genre, I found this book to be a big dissappointment. The character development is wooden and predictable; the plot pedestrian and the descriptions unexceptional. It is not the time, place or action that makes these books good listening but the characters and their development. I had just finished George RR Martin's books and although they are far from without flaws, they excel in comparison to this one. So if it's fantasy and imagination you are after, you would do better to go with Terry Brooks or , if you have lots of time and can stand drawn out plots,there is always Robert Jordan.
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