The style and "gritty" language was just not acceptabl- the author was intentionally crude and base in her use f vernacular. It was an obvious attempt to be " real" - but just ended up being offensive. I am very disappointed in this author- you woul/ expect more.
Truly a disappointment.
I would not recommend this book to anyone- the frequent/ common use of the F-Bomb as many as thirty times in one dialogue was just not god writing.
I WANT MY MONEY BACK - this was horrible.
It wasn't the narrators fault - bad material
What a sad work of drivel.
Great beginning, he doesn't finish the story... It is only half there.
Performance was fine
When will he finish the story?
I enjoy historical fiction- I just get very tired of the incessant references to sexual deviancy- While every protagonist is a customer of the oldest profession- they are aghast that his/wife/mother sister might be raped or forced into the profession-
John Jakes is a master at telling the historical fiction tale- but he seems to fixate on sexual deviancy and the details of each depressing episode get old and -to my mind- unnecessary to the story lines- That and the continuous writing about the abuses of alcohol- make me feel that he could do so much better- There were people of character and not all were alcoholics in our nations development and maturation.-
People who have fallen into these oldest of traps might feel like these books are quality entertainment- I remain hopeful that the author will find something beautiful to include and protagonist that one can relate to and look up to. Maybe in book four...
Yes- I do like the genre and the research that John Jakes - puts into his work- I just keep hoping that he might mature out of the need to write dark porn- and quit making all of of his main characters alcoholics
I find them all to be lacking in moral fiber and there are no happy endings-
I would cut the explicit details of the rape scenes and the sexual arousal details- it seems like it is just for the authors need to delve into darkness.
I realize that these are older novels just brought to the audible stage- but maybe they should have some sort of warning that the content is sexually explicit and borders on dark porn.-
It is too bad that the HF genre's major contributor is so fixated on dark and depressing details.-
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