I am a fan of Henning Mankell's books, particularly the Kurt Wallander Mysteries. This story is a fine finish. The evolvement of this character is what makes the series so dear. Sad to finish, but a good read. Would be better to read earlier books first.
This seems to me to be two stories, one technical, the other human. The human story makes my guts hurt. The technical story is in my opinion quite flawed. Perhaps the author tries to overwhelm with words what is not quite understood. The book is very long. There are endless technical discussions that more often than not poorly tied to any underlying thread or understanding of Alan Turing.
I am technical and I long suspected that subjects described in length and with which I was not so familiar were gummed up, not quite on the mark and poorly related to telling us of the genius of A. Turing. When the topic turned to one with which I am quite familiar, this indeed proved to be the case.
There are endless passages where there is no "thread". Topics are jumped back and forth through time with little coherency.
The confusion of the story is increased by the faltering delivery of the reader. The reading is quite bad in the first 1/3 or so. The reader often hesitates where he should continue and continues which he should pause. You can try this yourself by reading a few sentences with the wrong inflections, pauses, etc and simple english will be rendered into nonsense. I found myself often jolted as sentence delivery was just "off".
Thankfully, the reader got much better by the end. Of course, he had lots and lots and lots of practice.
I think what I learned in this book will help me to quickly go to other sources and get a better understanding of Turing's technical contributions.
However, it seems to me that the author misses almost completely the incredibly important point that Turing cut his way through previously unknown jungles of ideas. Many of the ideas discussed, at length, are long now, a daily reality of people's lives, so much so, that the ideas no longer seem remarkable. The book needed not just a discussion but a creative device to not just explain this but to make the innovative thought and problem solving significant to the twenty-firth century reader.
Perhaps that's the most damning thing to say about this book, with its endless pages about the work of a truly creative man, is that the book showed no creativity in it's delivery of a very very long story.
This book, with all its words, is not all bad. It just doesn't inspire - at least it did not inspire me.
This is a romance. If you like romance fiction, this is probably one of the better ones.
I thought it was predictable and insipid, but I abhor the genre.
Might as well listen to a random word generator. So much gibberish. I think there is supposed to be a plot, but you could have fooled me and I have listened to 90 % of it.
There may be little left, but it's too much more for me to listen.
A bunch of blubber, chick lit disguised. I really resent this type of blubber being passed off as general fiction.
I didn't finish it. But as most of the later books by this author, it's just junk.
I enjoy this series very much. The historical background is interesting and still pertinent in today's world. The stories are well written and well performed. I look forward to more.
It took a while to sort out the story, for my ears to recognize and understand the shifts in time and voice. The complexity of the telling is integral to the story. Once my ears became accustomed I was able to follow the scrambled tale of extraordinary events taking place.
I am so glad I hung in there. This is one of the best books to which I've listened. This is an exceptionally gifted author.
The story is engaging but poorly written. The writing is mixed with some parts well written and some poorly written, much of it maudlin. When I read a book like this I think a new author has a good idea but gets a publisher that puts a team of mediocre writers on it to get it out the door. Overall amateurish. Toward the end, I just started skipping over sections trying to miss the poorly written stuff. Much of the ending is just so much mush.
I enjoyed the story and had no problem with the narration. Think of this one as RETRO! Anglophile style. It's also nice to read an early Agatha Christie story.
The story is pleasantly convoluted. The naiveté of the principals is charming.
This is not today's hard-edged mystery.
This book does an excellent job of telling a story of a young man with severe disability. The book clearly separates the difficulties of this young man's alternate perceptions of reality and mental retardation.
The workings of the human mind are complex and those of us whose minds process the world and perceive in the "normal" as in statistically normal manner are too quick to dismiss or throw away those who experience the world differently. Different working brain is not necessarily crazy or retarded, but can lead to serious difficulties for the human who is born with it.
This book shows us the difference. Well written and worth the read.
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