A poor piece of bilge from Forsyth, who can do much better. The characters are somewhat two-dimensional and never fully developed. The freedomhatingterrorists' motives are never fully explained. They just hate America and everything it stands for. Too Fox News for my liking.
Well narrated, though.
A below-par whodunnit. Resorts to cliches and has a somewhat plodding storyline. The author also uses mis-directs in the plotline. While this may work visually on TV or in the movies, it does not work in an audio play.
The low water mark is when, towards the end, the evil villain utters, "You meddling fools!". Scooby-Doo meets Murder She Wrote.
A fairly 'by-the-numbers' detective mystery - from the hero picking up the best looking woman in town within minutes, to the religious nuts and their dark secret - the characters conform to well-known stereotypes. Entertainment if nothing too demanding is required.
I found the narrator's voice somewhat monotone; sometimes finding it difficult to distinguish between some of the characters.
There appears to be an editing error in part two where the narrator mis-reads a line and re-reads it that has been left un-edited. Otherwise audio quality is good.
This book takes an analytical look at modern driving and why we do the things we do. It looks how and why roads are planned the way they are, the way that people drive and its effects, and how we are going have to adapt as roads become busier.
I found it an interesting listen. However there were a couple of points that are worth noting. The first is the author's interpretation of some of the data. As an example, his interpretation of the difference between late and early mergers, in my opinion, did not mesh in my mind with the description quoted from the studies that he references. Although, mostly the author does seem to be basing his conclusions on careful analysis.
The second is that, despite stating otherwise in the audio, the book concerns itself mostly with the US. Data and statistics are included for other countries, but the meat of the analysis is often specific to US roads and driving practices (as someone who has driven for over 20 years in over a dozen different countries, I feel that I can comment on this, and road layouts and driver 'norms' do vary significantly from one country to the next), making some of the topics irrelevant for non-US drivers. Examples of this would be accident statistics, models of cars, planning examples, which are almost exclusively from the US.
However, on the whole, the book was informative and entertaining. The quality of the audio and editing was good.
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