I love Carl Hiaasen and wait for each book to come out. Unless I buy the book to read I might not make it through this one. Van Der Beek reads so fast I feel like I am listening 3 words behind - not a good experience.
Can't tell how it compares - haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes.
He's reading so fast I can't keep up and the characters all sound alike - no real variation.
Not so far.
Its so bad they should re-do it with someone else.
Ken Follett has written 2 of my favorite books - Pillars of the Earth (which was a departure for him at the time) and Eye of the Needle. This trilogy and Edge of Eternity in particular felt very forced to me. He was attempting to do so much with so many characters that he barely had time to flesh any of them out. Hopefully he will go back to what he's really good at - historical thrillers.
Yes, depending on the genre.
Cam - Jasper would have worked just as well as an entrée into the Nixon White House - through the media.
Seldom have I been so dissatisfied with the flow, character development and eventual conclusion of a book. And whatever happened to Billy (who you will remember began the first book) and his family? They just evaporated - that's when I knew there was going to be a problem. Most of the characters are very flat and feel completely contrived since they had to fit the history. He would have been better served if he had pared down the list of characters and given them more depth. Liberal or not, his presentation of the whole Kennedy era was a pretty cheap shot and totally un-called for. Completely gratuitous and very disappointing. If he had ended after the second installment I would have thought it was 2 credits well-spent. That 3rd credit was a complete waste. :-(
A waste of time. The story is not new, she just took it to Ireland instead of somewhere on East Coast US.
This story is okay if predictable. What it doesn't have is a nice twist or the level of humor you usually find in one of Roberts' books. I usually listen to/read all of her stuff but I'm not sure that I will spend time or money on the remaining 2 books in this trilogy, mostly because I already know exactly how they are going to go and what the outcome will be...
Get a different narrator - quick! The narrator is so over the top with both her Irish accent and her reading that she makes the characters seem idiotic in their behavior. I especially disliked her interpretation of Iona - she made her seem like an idiot, or 12 (which would make the intimate portions very creepy, besides being loud and overdone). One of the worst readings I've gotten so far and I have listened to over 500 titles.
I do not read books that I listen to. I want to be able to "read" as many books as possible.
Maggie - a "modern" woman who is pushing back against the box most men want to put her in. In addition to the time-frame I liked that the author's main characters are accepting of relationships that would have been outside the norm at that time.
The narrator insisted on using what felt like an artificially high voice whenever she did the female voices, presumably so that the male voices would be more of a contrast - that was very distracting and Maggie's voice was particularly annoying. It would have been fine had she just stuck with her normal reading voice, at least for Maggie. The narrator from the first book was good and I was expecting the same quality here, but did not get it. If you can get by the voice thing, the story is good.
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