This book is hours and hours of background information with hardly any action until the very end.
Grisham's new book.
The last 90 minutes of the book was great. The first 18 hours was often boring.
Disappointment because I have enjoyed the author's previous books.
If you must listen to this, buy the abridged version. You won't miss anything important.
After hours of uninspired dialogue and dull and unimaginative attempts to create a little action that never ever really piqued my curiosity, this book suddenly comes to a completely unfulfilling ending. If you want good action read Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva and stay away from this book.
I am surprised this product got good reviews.
I found 2/3 of the songs to be corny and unsingable.
If you want to be taught by people who speak clearly and at a pace slow enough to understand, this is not the product for you.
This is the perfect book! It appeals to both hemispheres of the male brain: Rich use of language, interesting, well developed characters PLUS lots of suspense and action.
Buy this book, enjoy it, then hound Audible until they offer more of Gerald Seymour's works. One is not enough!
If P. D. James is the gold standard for British mysteries, Ruth Rendell gets a bronze medal for this effort: Good, but not the best.
Rendell's use of language enchants both the ear and the imagination. Her character development is intriguing and satisfying. Her description of setting is vivid and imaginative.
So why the bronze medal?
Rendell just doesn't put it all together as well as does P. D. James. Some conflicts are resolved abruptly leaving the reader a bit startled and unsatisfied. Other conflicts drag on too long and are resolved too slowly.
What moved this book from a silver medal to the bronze, however, was the manner in which its primary story line comes to a screeching and completely unfulfilling halt. As if sensing how frustrated her readers would be, Rendell then tacks on a few more disjointed pages to hastily tidy up this tale's remaining loose ends.
In this offering Rendell tries to juggle too many characters and subplots. Because of this her story doesn't have the forward momentum necessary to create a truly compelling gold medal yarn.
This is a great book if you have time to kill or want to make time fly while you drive.
However, too many of the plots twists and turns were just implausible. At several key moments I wondered if the author had perhaps been in a bit of a hurry to get the manuscript off to the publisher. Sequences of events and development of cause and effect were often incomplete and illogical.
I might have tolerated all this had the book ended properly. The conclusion of this book was the most disappointing and unsatisfying I have ever experienced.
I award this book 4 stars if you want something mindlessly entertaining. It gets only 2 stars if you're looking for a well-crafted, fully-developed, plausible, mind-satisfying tale.
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