As I recently got fed up with Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, this book was a big disappointment. It is almost the same stuff (and the same narrator, i think); there is too much of macho BS, too much of wishful thinking, and too many unnecessary sentences/remarks.
I found it a very improbable story; a lot of unlikely twists and turns; highly predictable overall. There are some unpredictable turns, but then it goes back to its regular predictable plot, and characters who seem to have EVERYTHING going for them.
The psychology of some the scenes is either sooo predictable, or sooo unlikely.
If you liked the last two of Child's books (those were the ones that sent me over the edge), then this is for you. Otherwise, you will not be missing out and be better off with another book.
surprising; overly detailed
the pronunciation of the non-english names
no, the diary entry and the war detail were too long
i enjoyed the story but it seemed( not true but seemed ) as if the Nazi war stories took up half the story. In my opinion, it was too much, too long.
Without it, the story would be nice but perhaps some people would feel it was too short.
Not all the extra layers were necessary, i think.
I might if they enjoy a story without doing too much thinking
More plausible and less repetitive and less predictable, i.e. last minute solution; always ends well.
He is not trying too hard, and yet he manages to portray some accents, which you don't take too seriously but at least it is not one monotonous listening.
no, it doesn't. It was preposterous enough.
it is my second book by Brad Thor and i will stop now. I cannot take the lack of logic on some important points, or ridiculous details.
Without giving away too much, one example for all - an assassin is able to dodge and avoid the capture for many years and then he is 'surprised' by a female scientist who is (almost) afraid of her own shadow, totally untrained and yet performs quite well in distress.
All those villain who tell the main character all he needs to know before they -unexpectedly- are killed, only to leave the main character(s) to follow up on the revelation.
When special agent with a training LACES fingers of both of his hands and then hits someone on the head (without fracturing all his fingers), then it is time to switch to another author.
In the first book, it was ok, but it gets too much with the second reading, and i don't think i can stand more of those 'twists' any more. I watch James Bond movies for those, but there i know what is coming. Here, i thought, it would be more realistic, with plot that is based in reality, not on wishful thinking or wet dreams.
for pure entertainment value it is ok, but it is not what i was looking for.
i loved Stephenson's Reamde novel but i couldn't take this Cryptonomicon. After 10 hours of listening i skipped ahead a bit, then i skipped a bit more and after about 4 more hours i gave up (the book has over 40 hours of listening time). There is so much tangent stuff that the book could be about 6-8 hours long without it. The math problem descriptions, math explanation are boring and in many cases come across as confusing; even though it might be easier to glean the idea from a written book; in audio format- it just doesn't work; not for me (and i am good in math).
the narrator does a great job but the story is too convoluted and too damn long that i could not bear it. I enjoyed portions of the story but after while i was left wondering when the "real" story will start.
I could work out the general outlines of the plot but with so much tangent around it, i lost interest.
I listened to and liked Snow Crash and Diamond Age, and i listened to and loved Reamde.
yes, i would but i would read reviews first (i didn't for Cryptonomicon), and i'd see how long the audio file is.
i cannot say if i did, but i liked his performance. i think it kept me going for much longer than i would keep reading an actual book.
i'll chalk this up to my incompatibility with his writing style in this book. I liked the premise, and for the parts i could follow i enjoyed the story telling. There was just too much extra.
never read the book. cannot compare.
the sleazy guys from the escort service...i could see and picture them very well thanks to the description and voice acting.
when he finally dispatched the bad guy.
not really, but maybe because i listened to another story by Robotham prior to this title, i was a bit 'Robotham-fatigued'. Nonetheless, a great story.
Absolutely YES! Immensely funny; new; highly entertaining
The celebrities's dirty secrets
The whole book..it shook me...I was shaking with laughter
Not for religious zealots
yes. I enjoyed the story; the jokes.
yes, it did. I found it interesting. I don't have an aversion to chemistry, so i found it interesting and 'educational'; the story itself is interesting and unpredictable.
any that contains a sarcastic remark by the main character. Hilarious.
i enjoyed the performance of the narrator. Very nicely done. It fit the mold of the main character.
I wouldn't. It is too long. The first two parts of four download files are ok, after that it becomes too long...uninteresting. I mostly skipped the third file and selectively listened to the fourth.
no, it hasn't but I'll be careful about Mr.King's other attempts out his forte.
Mr. Wasson may provide nice voice acting for some but I found it too slow. I read fairly quickly, so, for me, his reading of the book was painfully slow. Toward the end, I actually find it very annoying - primarily the conversations, or inner dialogues. In some instances, it all sounded like some people were dim-witted. He made the conversations sound like they were from cheap drama with bad acting- exaggerated; predictable.
definitely not. it was taken too far; imagination run wild.
it was a nice surprise that the Kennedy assassination is actually not the main focus, but I also found the romance uninteresting. After getting through most of the book, the end killed it - preposterous; showing off alternative 'futures'. The final part- after all the time-travel nuances, explanations- was unnecessary. I barely listened to it.Overall, I liked the first half (the first two files of the download). The other two were disappointing; too long; overcooked.
fantastic stuff; if you liked the Black Swan, this is another of must-read books for free thinking people.
Most of it you know, but never admit :-)
Not a recommended reading. I totally agree with previous reader's (Steven's) review. The story has so many improbable twists, lucky turns, that it is laughable. The jokes aren't funny and, for some reason, I didn't like the narrator. He made everything sound oh-so dramatic. The female character comes across as ridiculously lucky, naive and too 'macho'.
I liked Baldacci but this one is a bad example of his work.
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