Incredible moving description of 9/11 which catapults the reader into the story. The rotten are rotten and the good are good. I enjoyed "Prisoner of Birth" so much that I bought another of Jeffrey Archer's books immediately. The reader of this book was not as enjoyable as in the previous audible book,and his attempt at a Roumanian accent sounded more Irish than Roumanian. Lot's of twists and turns in the plot, which made me want to get back to listening as soon as possible. It's an elaborate shell game played all over the world with a priceless painting.
Oh it was so wonderful to wallow in the words and to brood over the characters so marvelously portrayed by Mr. Hugh Dickson. (Paticularly the character's of Smallweed, Bucket, Guppy and of course the Bagnets) Dickens has set me down in London in the middle of the 1800s and invited my mind's eye to see the extremes of that society, and amid the tragedy of its epidemics, the incredible goodness that is to be found in the souls of those who are bound to be the great counterweight to those whose hearts are nourished only by their own avarice.
I found myself wanting more enthusiasm from Harry Dresden. He sounded depressed, disinterested, disheartened, and yet a man with such power and so much to discover, I found myself let down by him. I liked Harry most when he transformed near the end of the story, because his personality changed and he had strength. I don't know if it is the character created by the author, the lack of vocal range of the reader or the audio director that caused me to tire so of a book I had been looking forward to listening to.
I loved it and just didn't want it to end. Well crafted story; it kept me engaged and entertained every moment.
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