I thought it was a really good book in the first half. Unfortunately as soon as the two main characters got together about halfway through, it became quite boring. Too much time spent on long drawn-out sex scenes and boring dialog that really didn't contribute to the several interesting plot lines the author had begun in the beginning of the book. I'll listen through to see how it ends -- I'm getting through it by fast forwarding when it gets too boring, and putting my Ipod on 2x speed so it goes faster when I still want to hear what's going on but the dialog gets too slow. There have still been good parts that pop in here and there in the last half.
I thought this was pretty boring. I got through about an hour of it. Then I got restless waiting for something interesting to happen, and went and looked at the synopsis of the book online to see if I had anything to look forward to, and it looked pretty bizarre and didn't seem like it would get much better, so I gave up on it.
This is the only book I've listened to in the series, and probably the only one I will. I thought it was funny, I laughed out loud a lot, a good story, and the narrator was great, really made the book. Not necessary to listen to other books in the series to enjoy this one.
I got this because it was free and because I really enjoyed this same author's "Driving Mr. Dead." I quickly got bored with it because it took way too long introducing seemingly every character from every other book in the series ever written and not getting to the actual plot. It might have been enjoyable had I read all the other books and knew the characters. But it's too short of a story to spend so much time getting all those other characters into the picture before starting the actual plot of the book. I didn't finish it, maybe got through the first 20 minutes.
The story was just okay...I may have liked it more with a different reader. This narrator read VERY slowly with long pauses. I listened to it sped up 2x which made it seem kind of choppy but at least it wasn't so slow.
I really tried to get into this book but it was just kind of boring and took forever to get to the point, I couldn't summon up a liking for any of the characters. I finally gave up after 5 of 22 chapters.
I really loved this book. If you like "Hunger Games" or what-if type books on what crazy things could happen in the future, this was a very well-written, great story. I liked it so much I'm going to buy the Kindle edition as well. The narrator did a great job with the voices too.
I started listening to this and couldn't get very far into the book so it's not fair for me to rate the story...although it did seem very gory....but what I couldn't stand was the male narrator. He slurred his words and sounded like he was drunk and it was so distracting I couldn't get past it. The female narrator was fine but I just couldn't stick with the story because of the male.
I honestly don't understand how the movie of this title can be considered to be based off of this book - even loosely! The only things similar in the story were the character's names (and even some of those were changed) and the fact that it was about a guy forced to perform corporate espionage. Most everything else, major plotlines, what the characters were like, etc. was completely different - not just a little different. Here's what really stumps me. This was a GREAT book with awesome characters, plot twists, and a real twist at the end - they could have followed it exactly and had an amazing movie. Why on earth did they change it so much? If you read this book and see the movie, you'll see what I mean, how different they are! Loved the book, the movie was simply meh. So if you saw the movie and didn't think it was that great, don't let that stop you from listening to this book!
I really liked the first book in this series, Out of Egypt. It really made me think about what the experience of Jesus was growing up. This book did have some of that, but the disappointing part was that so much of the book was taken up by this odd plotline about the perils of a female character and how Jesus felt about her. Once that part of the book was over and it started getting into Jesus starting his ministry I liked it a lot more, but that was only toward the end, and having this large part of the book about a completely fictional character and relationship with Jesus was just not what I was looking for.
I don't think I'm going to listen to any more of Picoult's books. They usually have plots that should be very interesting and unique, but in all but one of her books that I've listened to, she puts so many little mini side stories in the book that really don't seem to add anything much more than length. For example, in this book there are these little side stories of how much the DA loves his baby daughter, or how the hero of the story was born, just lots of details and pieces in the book that don't really add to the story. I don't have a problem with an 18 hour long book, if the whole 18 hours seems to contribute value to the plot! And one odd thing about this one is, it spent so much time leading up to the end, and then at the end, the verdict is given and the book ends pretty quick after that. It's like after going on about lots of more trivial things, she just suddenly wanted to end the book when it got to a more important part of the plot.
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