Regrettably, I found this story to be one of the most boring legal 'thrillers' I've ever read/listened to. I also found the narrator's male voices to be fairly silly, although her normal speaking voice was fine.
I've never listened to a story so deperately in need of abridgement - I think this collection of whiney, self-absorbed tripe could be whittled down to 10, maybe 15 pages max. Call me paranoid, but I can't allay my suspicions that the 5-Star reviewers either (a) listened to another book than I did, (b) are the author's friends or (c) all work for the publisher.
I wish I had read the description more carefully before buying this audiobook: this is a 'Christian' legal thriller, meaning that the story contains an abundance of completely unnecessary proselytizing that ruined any interest I might have had in it. If Jesus is your Saviour, then rejoice, this book is for you.
The other reviews have already expressed the power and strength of this novel. I'd had given it six stars, if possible. Pi Patel's story was meant to be 'told': here is an example where the spoken format is even more powerful than simply reading it would be.
You should know that the story is told in a 'stream-of-consciousness' style, there isn't a plot to speak of, and no real mystery. The reader's voice is excellent, however, so if you're into literary experiments, go right ahead. I felt like I was caught in an endless loop, mainly because the narrator's observations are constantly repeated. About half-way through, I conducted my own experiment: 'Would fast-forwarding about an hour change anything to the story? Would I feel like I had missed anything?' No.
Franken's take on Swift's A Modest Proposal (the bit about getting Medicare costs down) had me laughing out loud - satire at its best. The audio presentation is first quality and a pleasure to listen to.
I found the story to be somewhat 'long-winded' at times - not enough action, which certainly can't be said for Ender's Game. The characters, for example, seemed to spend far too much time pondering and worrying about what Achilles had done, was doing, was going to do. At other times, certain events seem particularly unbelievable - Bean and Petra, supposedly the brightest strategists on Earth, can't even keep their precious embryos safeguarded. Why? Because the guard they hired was bought off. Duuuhhhh! Think I'll go read Ender's Game again...
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