When one picks up a political novel, one expects to get a certain bias from the author. In "Balance of Power" however, the author uses his forum as a battle ground and proceeds to bludgeon the reader/listener with endless verbiage about why guns are wrong and abortion is all right. Regardless of ones stand on either of these issues, no one deserves this treatment. To make the whole thing even worse, the author's characters are so poorly fleshed out and the politics so raw and ugly, I found myself not caring a bit about what happened to any of them. Don't waste your money or your subscription on this trash.
This book had so many opportunities to be great, but it wasn't. The premise was excellent but I found the start of the book to be less than believable, causing it to drift off center for me. The middle was muddled; too much playing around with the characters and their intertwined lives. The last part of the book was really quite good. With a better lead-in and a better developed body, this book could have been a true winner. As is, it's a great ending looking for a story to lead into it.
I was excited to listen to this book because the south of the 60's was such a volatile place. My understanding of the times made this book a good story, but less noteworthy than I expected. I think the problem lies in the length and repetitive nature of the story, and the fact that I had difficulty forming a bond with any of the characters. The reader had a formidable challenge trying to separate voices for so many characters which made the performance average. It's not a bad book, but perhaps one that's better read than heard.
I didn't know the genre of this book when I bought it and for that I am culpable. Not being a fan of Sci-fi, which I'm assuming this is, I can't give a recommendation on it's place in Sci-Fi, but I can tell you that the book is wordy and the dialog is scarce. The characters are moderately separable, but boring. Beyond that, I will refrain from comment.
There are many audiobooks that I would read over again, all different in nature and character. I would put The Sins of the Father and it's predecessor Only Time Will Tell in the top 6.
The characters remained true to their natures from the first book. These are people one not only likes, but comes to know as friends. Rooting for them to triumph over circumstances is as natural as wishing the best in the world for a loved friend or family member.
Perhaps the fun of seeing Emma and Mr. Ginsberg triumph over Sefton Jelks. But all of the scenes were wonderful.
Yes, I could have done that. However, to do so would have deprived me of the joy of the book over a few sittings when I had to wait for nearly a year for this sequel. Now that's it's over, I find myself on pins and needles awaiting the last book of the trilogy!
As authors go, Jeffery Archer has never faild to acquit himself. He writes well, knows his characters and takes the time to develop them, and he has the ability to write scenes that are very satisfying to the reader. Even when one is left hanging to wait for the next book, one doesn't mind the discomfort because the wait will have been worth the time.
I would put Final Jeopardy in the upper middle class of the books I've listened to over the years. It was steady and well done.
This was an ending I had not anticipated until well into the book. It's different and plausible so that was a nice shift from what I was expecting.
Barbara Rosenblat has the sultry voice of a Kathleen Turner character. It's low and husky and slightly different from so many other readers. Once I got past the fact that this was a big voiced gal speaking a small woman's role I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.
Perhaps I liked the book as well as I did because it didn't produce an extreme reaction The characters were so well read, the accents so perfect, and the comfort with which they all interacted made this a comfortable listen.
It's easy to forget that the same person is doing all the parts in Final Jeopardy. Barbara Rosenblatt is more than equal to the task. She is marvelous with the male voices and makes Mike, the NYPD cop with whom she works, a great guy, someone I'd like to know. All the characters are quite separate with voices and inflections of their own. Well done.
I've read several books by Richard North Patterson and have always been pleased. This time I was disappointed, not to the point where I'd never read another of his books, but this one was far from the best of his work. The plot was tedious and the characters were so self absorbed that I found very little to redeem them.
There was not a single character with likeable qualities. I couldn't identify with any of them and therefore I couldn't like them very much either. I found that I didn't care what happened to any of them and by the end of the book, I was glad for them all that their story was over. If Mr. North had written even one compelling character I probably would have enjoyed the book more.
Interesting Versatile Pleasing I like Mr. Boutsikaris as an actor and I like him as a reader.
Initially I was disappointed, then frustrated, and finally bored with everyone in the book.
Yes, I'd recommend the book to others because it was an easy listen with very clearly defined characters. Each person is either good or bad, kind or nasty, selfless or spoiled. Sometimes it's nice to listen to a book where the good guys win out and the bad guys get their just rewards.
No surprises here, but the ending was like the book: clean, clear, happy.
Ellie was my favorite performance by the reader.
There's nothing I would have added.
This book is for the Idealist in all of us. The story was well written and well read, nothing spectacular to throw the reader's emotions or to change the reader's perception of life. It is a sweet book that gives us a look at what life should be like (at least what life should be like after a terrible event) as opposed to the reality of today. It presupposes that evil will be punished and that the good will be happy. How I wish this were a manual for human behavior.
The story was well told and the characters were so interesting and fleshed out that I felt I knew and liked--or hated--them. From a seemingly benign beginning, these people bloomed into interesting individuals with flaws and character and sometimes, wisdom beyond their years or station in life.
Every word of it.
Harry Clifton and Old Jack for Mr. Allam and Harry's mother for Ms Fox.
Yes! I can't wait to get started on the second part of the series. I hope it comes out soon.
Don't miss this first book. If you never read another part, you will enjoy this one immensely!
Yes I would.
Mr. Harbach writes well, gives depth to some of his characters, and plots out the story line nicely.
I think I likes his portrayal of Owen the best. He gave Owen exactly the voice and attitude I expected, but he also gave him more than I expected and it was all good.
Yes, I believe it was.
I enjoyed the book, but it was not without flaws. It started well, bogged down, then recovered hinting at a need for some additional, or at least better, editing. One character was a bit too wimpy and hard to believe. Still it presented an interesting look into how 5 people met and the impact each had on the others' lives.
The premise of an atorney defending a man from his parent's past was intriguing.
What I liked the least were the portions of the story that strained credulity. It could have been and should have been much better.
I thought it was a bit bland and under finished.
This book started with a good premise, but never generated the feeling or enthusiasm for any of the characters that it could have done. So much potential; so little development.
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