I bought this book after having listened to the Company and becoming a huge Robert Littell fan....bad choice. Some of his other works are ok, but this one was boring. I would set it to play and fall asleep to it at night. I had no concerns or cares for the characters and only looked forward to the ending, which I don't even remember. If you liked The Company....STOP NOW. It's a great book and he's not come out with anything to match it...if you're desparate for more from him, read The Sisters...but I strongly advise not listening to this particular droning epic.
I thoroughly enjoyed Berry's previous novel, The Romanov Prophecy, and so was very excited to see this release on Audible. Like his previous work, Berry puts his spin on a classic historical event with intrigue. As such, his work may remind readers of Dan Brown and such, but he truly is a unique author. He develops his character well, and the story is continually moving. My only critique of this novel was that the ending, that is the secret, seemed a bit convenient, and thus not credible. Oh well, the story is still great and definitely a must listen!
No spoilers here, but I fell in love with Special Agent Pendergast from previous Audible listens (Cabinet of Curiousity, Still Life with Crows, etc) and eagerly awaited this book's release. We catch up with familiar characters but in many ways I felt like the story was written by someone else entirely and was simply transitioning us to the next book which would then wrap things up nicely. I was a little disappointed with this book, but still look forward to the next book to see if things return to normal.
I eagerly awaited the release of this novel and was definitely not disappointed. Demille returns us to familiar characters and scenes and tells a very interesting tale. I particularly liked the ending as I felt that it dealt with sensitive material in a way that left each reader to interpret or handle in their own way. As always, Demille is a thorough and well-researched author and his books never lag or get boring. I highly recommend this book and all others that he written.
I LOVED this book! The story and characters were intriguing, well developed and FUNNY. Unlike many mysteries, this story was never boring, never redundant, or played, and was entirely unique. I loved the premise, I loved the characters. This author is now on my list of authors to watch and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to anything else he's written. I liked the narrator, his accent could be a little thick, but he was perfect for this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, comedy or both together![
I wanted to learn more about the hidden or unacknowledged atrocities that happened to the Chinese people during World War II and so downloaded this book. This book did an excellent job of informing the reader of everything that occurred. The problem is, the book becomes so overwhelming that the reader becomes desensitized to the events written herein. I think had the book been a little better oragnized, it would have done the events more justice. As a reader, I truly wanted to sympathize with the people who suffered these tragic events, unfortunately, their story teller (aka the author) was not effective.
I was excited to know that this reader also provided the voices for Memoirs of a Geisha, a book which is still one of my favorites. Unfortunately for her, she got stuck with "Andrea" the main character who is whiny, wimpy, and pathetic at times....so it makes it hard to enjoy the storyteller. But otherwise the book is good....loved Miranda, the killer boss, and all other workers at Runway. Thought this book would have been better if they continued telling the story without Andrea, but rather kept up with Miranda's antics and such. For as light hearted as it is, I mean really, no depth here in this story, the author tried to get too moral at the end with Alex and Andrea's roommate Lil...that part got boring. Oh well.
Anyone who has listened to and enjoyed Life of Pi is hoping to find another such book with a character like Pi Patel that they can latch onto and read about. This story is similar in that you see the world through the eyes of a boy who captures your heart and endears himself to you. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters aren't as likeable and I found myself wishing I could remove him and put him in different book/story....but kept listening anyways. The book turned out ok, but the best part is the boy and his perspective on things. Enjoyable enough.
I choose this book as a recommendation "for those who also bought..." and have been quite pleased with this selection. Everything about the book is awesome, although slightly reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, I guess because of cultural similarities. However, the books differ dramatically with respect to plot, and the characters are truly mesmerizing. Can't wait to listent to the second book, and anxiously await the third in the trilogy.
I have long been a fan of Crichton and was excited to see this book available on audible. What a disappointment. The book was predictable and boring. Through out my listening to this book, I kept wondering if this was truly one of his books as most of them have been awesome reads. I hope that he doesn't produce more like this, but returns to his more credible and interesting plots. Read/listen if you must, but definitely not one of his betters, best, or even good ones.
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