I was disappointed by this book. It is written as historical fiction, but has an overlayed story that is dull and includes three characters that are not very interesting. I wish the story had been told from some other perspective in forward time or that it had been written as non-fiction. As it is, it sucks as a piece of fiction, and does't work as non-fiction. I heard the author talking about the book, and I think he was trying to capture the different voices that Sutton himself spoke with about his own life at different times, but it really does not work. Suggest you read the WIkipedia entry on Willy Sutton and leave the book alone.
Maybe - nothing really stood out about the performance.
The characters were poorly developed, the plot just ran on and on with the only device the author seemed to come up with (over and over) was unexpected escape from certain death.
Performance was OK - it was not distracting, and I would have like better if the story was better.
I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.
The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.
Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.
If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book.
Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.
Brilliant performance, fantastic writing, edge of the seat story
Scenes of Belfast environs during the troubles
Give this one a try - you will not be dissapointed.
The switches and turns in the book (mainly breaks in chapters and narrator's voice) as well as the complexity of the story made this a very very challenging audio-book. I have to admit I gave up on it when I lost my place (accidentally fast-forwarded) and decided it was not worth my further investment to go find it and try to pick up the thread again. I think this is probably a great book, just very difficult to track in audio-book form.
I love historical fiction.
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Bottom line - this does not seem like a good book to be an audio-book
Step into Baroque
Fighting off Pirates outside of Boston Harbor
Never dominated the story, underscores dialogue with varied natural sounding voices
I had to concentrate to listen - I could not do other brain work while listening.
This is the start of a wonderful series of books.
At his best, Mr. Rushdie offers his insights and perspective of his own experience as harbinger of the age of Islamic terrorism. Mildly interesting is his detailed recounting of the proud support of allies and the insults and betrayals of bad actors. But what really bedevils this book is his obsessive chronicling of mundane events inside his golden cage. I would not recommend the bood to a friend because there is not enough of insight or perspective to make wading through the settling of scores and diary-like review of events satisfying. The best part of the book is the prologue. My advice: read that and then read one his fiction books. Leave this one for the graduate students.
That the writer was so possessed of his own story, that he failed to consider his reader and tell an interesting story.
Some of the police officers are rendered sympathetically.
Of course this will be a movie and Daniel Craig or Daniel Day-Lewis will play Salman Rushdie and get nominated for an oscar because they managed to so convincingly convert themselves from all the past roles we have seen them play.
I do not usually read this sort of book, but selected it because of the Pulitzer Prize. I was pleased to find so much detailed history filtered through personal experience fleshing out a wonderful story. I would very much recommend the audiobook.
I do not usually read books like this one. Perhaps like a John Irving story, but less fantastic.
No - just a really good book.
I have enjoyed other S King books, but this one looks to me like the old man has grown too great to have any editors look over his shoulder and make any cuts. It just went on and on restating the same things over and over - meandering and getting to the climax so slowly, I could hardly believe it.
I enjoyed Mr Wasson's performance very much.
It was OK
I tried to listen to this story two times and could not make it past a couple chapters. One of the things that attracted me to the book was digging into the motivations of people from very distant historical times. What I found was 20th century people inhabiting the 13th century bodies. This seems like a vanity piece for the author. Not serious historical fiction.
I will not read anything else by the author.
No issues with performance.
The prime character burying his wife followed within 24 hours by him having sex with the woman he fantasized about, while his children watched.
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