While I am sure that Mr. Van Lustbader suffers from comparison to the original author, this book was simply not a Bourne novel. The story was a bad mix of Clive Clusser and Dan Brown. If you want to read about lost gold or secret societies, I would recommend those authors because they are much better at it. What next for Bourne; a tangle with mystic aliens?
John Grisham is by far my favorite author; however, this book is not up to the quality of his previous efforts. While I am sure that experts could pick apart his story and prove, in some aspects, that he is on a crusade and thereby exaggerated to support his view, the bottom line is that the story was just not very good. It had none of the cultural flavor of that is normally an intricate part of the tales that he weaves. The characters were shallow and not compelling. The story had no intrigue. I felt like I was in a long introduction and kept waiting for the story to begin. In the end, Grisham will be remembered as an author of great books - this simply is not one of them. I would recommend that you skip this one.
The book is outstanding but the reading is even better. Dan John Miller's performance is the best I have ever heard.
I had a horrible time trying to get through the story because I had a hard time connecting with the narrator. I see by other reviews that some love his voice but I found it to be a complete distraction.
Ken Follett is a great story teller. It is a shame that he doesn’t have enough confidence in his own writing to avoid sections of graphic pornography. It’s also a shame that this book may be remembered for who is not allowed to read it or who is offended by it vice the story it tells.
This was a hodgepodge of stories where the author seems more interested in getting his personal point of view across than informing the reader. If you are looking for an entertaining and informative book; keep looking
The topic of globalization is an important one that needs to be seriously addressed; unfortunately, Mr. Friedman lets his political agenda get in the way. The result is a book based on flawed, biased research that leads to conclusions that are both short-sited and nothing more that politicized opinions. One of my favorites that corporate ethics can be fixed by applied morals that are “broadly and liberally defined”. Here I thought that it was the broadly and liberally defined morals that caused the scandals in the first place.
Let me save you the time of listening by giving you a synopsis. The world has gone global. All barriers for the U.S. that restrict our play in the global world, and in fact, all social ills since the 70’s are the fault of the Bush Administration and the Republican led congress.
If you want a serious book on challenges of a global world, look elsewhere.
This book represents all that is wrong with not having the entire story. On top of that, the reader is horrible and music is absurd.
This book is not a definitive, unbiased answer to Brown?s book but then again why would anyone expect one from a theologian? It would be like expecting fact from a novel. This book will whet the appetite for those who are truly interested in the historic truth and who are ambitious enough to do their own research on the topics contained in the book. There are plenty of books out there that discuss the errors and creative rewriting of history done by Brown. For those who are truly of an open mind, I would encourage all listen to both this book and others available on the Code. Apparently, there are plenty of closed minds on both sides if this issue.
I have heard several of the Ambrose books and liked them; however, the narrator ruined this book. I found him boring and even worse ? hard to hear and understand.
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