Having read and enjoyed the book when it first came out in hardcover, I've just been waiting for the unabridged audible edition. I'm not sure I'll be able to stand the monotone narration for 36 hours. It's the worst I've ever heard.
Yes - return it and get my credit back
In the author's own words in the afterword, this is "M*A*S*H Goes to the Whitehouse" and not really a continuation of the genre of the rest of the books in the series. Save your credit. It doesn't work as drama or humor.
I'm a little more than halfway through this book, and I have yet to hear anything authored by Tom Clancy. There's one key characteristic in every Clancy novel that's missing here. No one has "observed" anything. To a longtime Clancy reader/listener, that's a dead giveaway. This novel has Clancy's name in first billing, but I doubt he did more than lend his name and characters to this enterprise. I'll let you decide for yourself whether it's good, bad or indifferent, but you'll be listening to Mark Greaney's work.
Definitely a recommended read for Preston/Child fans.
Edge of my seat? Well, no, but it kept my earbuds in my ears. I listened to the entire story in a single go.
Pendergast is always my favorite. He even showed a little more emotion than usual in this story.
My only disappointment was in finding that the actual story was only about 50 minutes long. The remainder of the recording was devoted to the first (second?) chapter of the upcoming novel Two Graves.
My son recommended this series to me and so far I have been enjoying the storylines.
Although some plot twists annoyed me (which, I suppose, shows Butcher was able to draw me in fairly well), I did keep going back it. It also caused me to lose sleep on a few occasions as I listened longer into the night than I should have.
Fortunately for Marsters, I choose audiobooks almost solely by title, rather than by narrator. His entirely too audible inhalations and swallowing are bad enough (is the man chewing gum?), but now he's completely botching pronunciations as well! His pronunciation of "writhe" like something that hangs on a door at Christmas time grated like fingernails on a blackboard, and it took me a few minutes to figure out that "demesne" was being pronounced phonetically instead of correctly. Surely someone on the production staff should have caught and corrected these blatant errors, if Marsters himself was unable to.
No. I don't go see Stephen King movies either, even though I enjoy the books.
After all this time, I have to say I expected a better product than the one that was delivered by both Ms. Auel and Ms. Burr. The narrative was weak and jumpy. Ms. Auel's unaccountable love for her own poetry ad nauseum (The Mother's Song) and Ms. Burr's pseudo-Russian, -French and -Italian accents definitely detracted from the story. (And if there were going to be any consistency about it, why didn't the Mamutoi have any accent?) On the positive side, at least Ms. Auel seems to have finally mostly gotten over her obsession with describing every last action performed during "Pleasures." By the time I was finished with the previous books, I was starting to wonder if she was a frustrated soft-porn writer.
Overall, if you're a fan of the Earth's Children series, I'd say go ahead and get this one, but lower your expectations before listening to it. One final note to all series writers: PLEASE go back and read your previous books before you write the newest one, lest you drive your readers (ok, listeners) completely crazy as you rewrite the history of your characters!
Although the story does further the plot left hanging in the previous novel, it is written in a very rough form. The lack of clarity in sentence structure and the way the story jumps around almost make it seem as if McCaffrey's outline for the book was given to a very junior writer/editor team for completion. Details from the previous novels are incorrect or changed to suit the author, leaving little feel of continuity. One of the worst I've experienced from McCaffrey, it left me feeling unfulfilled rather than hungry for more.
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