I enjoyed this book so much that I read it after I listened to it on audio. The reader is superb.
Top ten percent.
President Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.
On Oct 20, 1981, fugitive members of the Weather Underground shattered the peace of Rockland and surrounding counties when they shot and killed a Brink's guard in an armed robbery of $1.6 million. Then at a road block, they shot and killed two Nyak police officers. To ensure a fair trial, the venue was moved to Orange County. During their trial, they repeatedly disrupted the proceedings by shouting anti-US slogans, proclaiming to be "at war" with the government. I lived in Orange County at the time of their trial. Almost thirty years later, I have a vivid memory of their hate of America. These are the people that Bill Ayers was most closely associated. Can we blithely dismiss his connection to President Obama?
Clear, concise reading.
The Stonecutter's beginning suggested a gripping mystery. The set up of plot and MAIN characters assured me of a good "whodunnit." Then one unlikeable and unnessessary character after another was added. The storyline veered from a mystery to how many despicable acts can people commit. I really felt disgusting after finishing this book.
As a fan of CJ Sansom and historical novels, I purchaed the not-yet-reviewed, "Winter in Madrid." I haven't read very many books about the Spainish Civil War and looked forward to an interesting and complex story. Historically accuate or not, the novel is filled with wholly unlikeable and pathetic characters. By the end, unscrupulous Sandy was the only sympathetic character. I forced myself to finish this long, dismal novel. I was left with such a "bad taste in my mouth" I immediately started, "Inherent Vice," by Thomas Pynchon to erase, "Winter in Madrid," from my memory.
I recommend this book to people who are looking for something different. I grew up during the time-period of the story and now look at the past events in a different light. Also, the Islam described in this book is a peaceful religion. I grew tired of the lead character, but I highly enjoyed the story, writing, and reader.
Normally, I avoid books read by the author. I'm glad I made an exception in this case. Sometimes, I just want a funny, easy to listen audio. However, if it's not well written and read, it's just annoying. I will listen to this one again on a long car ride with my daughters.
I have over 250 audiobooks in my library. This is by far the best book to which I have listened. It has all the elements that make a book exceptional. John Lee's reading makes you feel you are right there in medieval England. The characters are so real I never wanted the story to end. How lucky I am there is a sequel.
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