Great book. This it where it all starts. I found the Clancy books to be just that much better if read in chronological order vs published order. It really draws you in to the whole series. Start here and run through them all, you won't regret it.
I had tried to read this series years ago as so many people had. Otho h but good things to say about Anne Rice, but I could never get into the books. The writing style was just to flowery for me and I kept finding myself irritated as it took so long to get to the point..... Of anything.
Consequentially, I avoided the Audible series until I noticed it was read by Simon Vance. I thought he did an outstanding job in the "Master and Commander" books and I listened to them back to back from 1 to 21.
When "Interview" came up on special I gave it a shot and followed it up with "Lestat". To me the only thing that kept me going in the series was the reader SimonVance and about 1/2 way through "the Queen" I'm about ready to just give up and ask for a refund.
Initially the plot was interesting enough to want me to find out how it ended, but I'm at the point I don't care. It's almost like reliving those old educational movies from HS that were done in the 50's.
I've listened to almost 150 books from Audible since I joined about 3 years ago and even doing the entire Jack Ryan series from start to finish (250+ hours) I was entertained but this feels like work.
I am a fan of Stephen King, one of his so called "Constant Readers" for over 30 years. I have read them all and listenx to most,some more than once.
This one was fantastic a true listeners story. Initially I was not impressed with Craig Wasson as the reader when I listened to the preview but bought the book any way and literally within10 minutes was convinced he was Jake Epping. It was a 180 degree turn a around.
I thought the book had a tendency to drag some when I read it but as a listener I couldn't get enough. The story was very compelling and the attention to detail safari as history went was incredible. It truely brought back to the late 50's and early 60's and the characters were like good friends that you knew.
I'm to one to tell details about a story as a review, I figure if you listen you will hear it all.
If your a King fan, why are you reading this instead of downloading the book? If you haven't been a King fan in the past, then this one will make you one. It's money well spent.
First off this is not the place to start, but almost out the end. if you happend to find this book by Henning Mankell by accident do t start here. I have listened to all the Wallander books in order and have like them all. Good story, good characters, good environment the whole 9 yards. He really brings you in to his world and listening to them back to back really makes you feel part of the story.
As its been stated and I feel the same way the narrator in this one leaves something to be desired. I can get past the fact, at least to me that Men do a more passable female voice than Women do at a male voice. Maybe it's just preference but that's the case here. Ms Campbell's Walander is terrible. Yes he a gruff character but he a.ways sounded pissed off in the book even when he shouldn't be.
The other point I had was the way she changed the pronunciation of cities, towns and character names. Probably a minor point but after listening to 7-8 other books it just ruins the flow of the story for me.
I wouldn't not recommend this only because it would ruin the flow of the timeline by skipping it but just to say I had a harder time staying interested and at times the run of the story just felt off and I really have to blame the reader not the writer here. Even though there is a dIfferent reader for the last story in the series ( Robon Sachs - The Troubled Man) it just reads better.
I've been a fan of his on and off for years but his audio books had me laughing aloud In the stores getting looks from people. I did t feel the. need to go too in depth, he is a comedian and the book is funny. You defiantly get you money out of this one.
I have been a Clancy fan since the beginning and I reccomend that's where you start. I though this was a good book but it's not the place to start reading/listening to Him.
While the book stands on its own and the ending is just a precursor to the next book, if you you really want to immerse yourself in to a cast of characters, an actual world , then there are 13 books before this one. Yes it's almost 400 hours but it stands up there with other long series, like Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" or Patrick O'Brians "Aubrey/Matchurin - Master and Commander".
So go ahead and read this one, but do yourself a favor and start with " Without Remorse" first. You won't regret it.
For what it's worth the order that Audible lists these books is in published order and not the true sequential order of the series. Just look up the Jack Ryan books on Wikipedia and it list the correct order.
A classic King novel, now better than ever. I read "The Stand" back in the earl 80's and retread it again when the revised edition was released. The new edition was 350+ plus pages longer and I couldn't tell what was added it blended so well.
I got hooked on audio books a few years ago and personally love either long unabridged books in the 30+ hour range and this one does not disapoint. If your a King fan you won't have to think twice about this one and if you have never read or listened to a King book this one is one of the best, hands down. The Dark Tower not withstanding.
I was told prior to beginning this series that "Fortunate is the reader that is beginning this journey for the first time". I can not agree more. I started the first book back in July of 2010 and listened to them all back to back for 6 months finishing in Jan 2011.
Initially I was just listening on my commutes twice a day but was so drawn in to the story I was listening on the weekends as well, whenever I had the spare time. I also ended up buying 2 companion books just to look things up and get a better view of the World inhabited by Captain Jack and Stephen.
This book is not really needed to finish the series as the first 20 do an excellent job and having Jack get his Flag at the end of book 20 is a fitting ending. But I found myself wanting more and just had to see where it went and having the book end mid sentence is like loosing a good friend.
This is a series I will listen to again, its just that good.
This is a truly Epic series. I've read them all as they came out and reread them back to back when the 7th was released. Having them read to you just brings the story alive. Its worth every penny and every minute listening. Its a bit of a shock having George Guidall read book one then Frank Muller read 2,3 and 4 Then back to George Guidall for 5,6 and 7 but both do an excellent job.
Though I can't say I was a fan of J.Charles and to me some of the odd sound effects It was a great book.
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