I've had to go back numerous times & listen again because the story or the combo of the story & the narrator is so boring that my mind wanders & I loose track.
Huge disappointment & some sadness. Anger that I wasted my money on it.
The story sounded interesting but I'm so sorry I bought it because it's a huge disappointment & so boring that I'm not going to continue listening. It's so much easier to tell if a physical book is going to be good.
There were some slow parts but overall it was a good story. There were some unexpected turns especially at the end. The brothers were interesting characters, pretty well developed & their interactions were believable. The narration was definitely uneven & sometimes the combination of the narration & the story section was boring. One of the narrators, I think it was Ken Marks, was not as good & I sometimes had to go back & repeat sections because my mind wandered & the loss of concentration led to confusion about what was going on in the story. The pace was somewhat faster towards the end & that along with the unexpected turns left me pretty satisfied.
Overall a very good read, but I had to give it a 3 because the production/ recording? was very poor quality. Not the narrator - he was excellent as usual, but the recording has an annoying echo or hollow sound to it that really takes away from the pleasure of listening to the book. I wish they had a better recording of the book, since this one is disappointing.
A very interesting story, but slow in a few places, like in the beginning. But it grabs you as the story unfolds & there are some interesting twists. It gives you a look behind the scenes, so to speak - what was going on politically & how some of the historical events, like the Bay of Pigs, were affected by the spy world.
Davina Porter has gotten even better over the series. She's a fantastic narrater & happily, unlike the earlier books in the series, there were no distracting background noises this time.
The book started out strong with amazing dangers, adventures, joys, mysteries. There were many new characters & more about the lives of Lord John & Jamie's son, William. It was sometimes hard to keep track of all the characters. Some of the story took place in Claire's original time period. There was lots of laughter, lots of tension (worry about what was happening to various characters & how would they get out of tough situations). There were tears - especially when one character died.
But, & this is a huge objection, the ending was horrible - so unfinished. When I heard the words "The end", I was shocked & thought I had somehow missed part of the book - maybe I had accidentaly fast forwarded through some of it, or down loaded it incorrectly, or lost my place in my ipod shuffle & didn't get back to the correct place. I actually went back & relistened to the last 1/2 of the last part & then went on line & read reviews to see if others said anything about the ending. I agree with others who said the book ended abruptly, & didn't seem like it was a planned ending. The first 6 books were excellent from beginning to end & I never felt like saying whaaaaa? when the narrater said "the end." There were obviously some things left hanging at the end of the each of the other books & I knew the story would be continuing, so it made sense, but this book left several major story lines hanging awkwardly. I'm not sure I would have continued to read these novels if the first one had ended this way. ----And, book 8 doesn't come out til some time in 2013 - more than 3 years after book 7 was released.
I sure hope book 8 is written more like the first 6 books in the series, not like book 7.
This is one of the best stories I've listened to so far. I can't wait to get into the next book in the series. It's a fascinating look into what life might have been like in that time. It's also a wonderful love story. There's lots of action & interesting characters. I really like the narrator's performance - the accents fit the characters & she has lots of expression, emotion. It's totally opposite of boring. She draws you into the story as if you are there as things happen. She pronounces some of the words differently than I would, but overall I love the performance & will definitely look for more books that she narrates.
The only downside to the book is some background noise during parts of the book - you can hear other voices in the background- not loud enough to understand what is said, but loud enough to be distracting & annoying. I think it's possibly other books being recorded. Luckily, it's only there a few times, for a short span each time.
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