I must admit that I was put off by the negative reviews I read. I listened to it anyway and loved it. With good characters that I cared about it is a very easy read. What I was amazed at was how little I learned in school about WW1. I think you could easily teach a course based on this book. I went to the internet constantly to learn more about incidents that were mentioned in the book. I could not put it down.
Having read all of the negative reviews, I did not know what to expect. Let me state at the outset, I really enjoyed it! I'm sure many felt the never-ending preaching on the evils of strip-mining was a bit tedious. There was no doubt Grisham had an agenda. Very anti big law firm and very anti defense lawyer. He was able however, to blend a good story into his preaching. I think I liked it because it dealt with topics I know well. I was one of those defense attorneys that represented big corporations in toxic tort cases. (not coal) (We are not all bad) On the other side I worked with a state attorney's office investigating the strip mining industry. What Grisham is saying is true and I believe his effort to make all aware of it is worthwhile. Maybe a little more story and less preaching would have worked better..
I even marked my calendar so that I could read it as soon as it was released. Not only was I disappointed but I felt ripped off. One obvious big difference is that I lived through t he period that he wrote about and easily recognized his left leaning views as sheer propaganda.
In his prior books of this trilogy, I wrote that you could teach a class from the book. I was constantly going on the internet to look up things that I knew little about during the first and second world war that he brought to life in his book.
In book 3 Follett clearly has an agenda and very little story. If he was not spinning his political point of view, he was throwing in a lot of gratuitous, graphic sex. Very little story and very little history.
The reader was terrific as usual.
Could not put it down. Totally different than any book of its kind. I won't say more as to not spoil it. I totally enjoyed it.
Loved the first book. Loved the main characters. I wanted to give up reading it but fought to finish it. Very disjointed. .Way to much character development of secondary characters.. I feel bad that I did not like the book.
I read this in under 2 days. Great character development. Great plot. Exciting,suspenseful, drama, emotion; it has it all. Scot Brick does a great job. I wonder why I just read it as the book is almost 10 years old. It is interesting to see how far technology has come in so short of time.
I have enjoyed all of his books, including this one. But this just did seem up to his normal quality story. In reality there was very little story line with a lot of filler. Just not wild about it like I am with most of his other books. Sometimes I felt that I was listening to the abridged version.
Change of pace book for me. I usually do thrillers and history Great story, great performance. Loved it.
As I was reading the book all I could think of was how much I loved the rhythm of the book.The reader and the author combined to create a very good listening experience. I really enjoyed it. When I read a book, I am always thinking about if I could recommend the book to anyone and then to whom. Through the first 90% of the book, the answer was yes I would recommend the book and I had a long list of friends that depend on me for recommendations. Then, out of the blue, very graphic sex is added for who knows what reason. The story is over, we know where it is going and then bang. It doesn't fit, it wasn't needed and it cheapens the whole book. I can't recommend the book to anyone without telling them to be careful. I really can't believe that this was added to the book. It's place in the book seems like an afterthought. For me this was disappointing as I was really enjoying the book up till then.
A little slow at first but then I couldn't put it down. Dick Hill can be a little over-dramatic at times but I've heard him so many times I'm used to him. The biggest problem I have is now I have to wait for the next one. Not his very best but still very enjoyable!
Mitzner's characters, from the DA to the Judge,to the Defense Lawyer, ( the main charactet) ring true. As a trial lawyer myself, I very rarely read, or enjoy lawyer books. I have a tendency to pick too many holes in the plot or the trial objections etc. Not to say I didn't do it in this book but overall it was pretty ture to form. In fact, at times, when the author was talking about emotions and the pressures of a trial lawyer he was right on. The characters were very realistic. The Judge is someone I've been in front of many times, some actually worse. The story moves along well, a little sappy at times, but I stayed interested. Overall A good read, especially if you like lawyer books.
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