Great story....could have been better written. While I appreciate the old world language and the authenticity of the descriptions, I would have preferred the author come back to the present day language once in awhile. I think the change in language would have made the book easier to plow through....its quite a tome and requires endurance to finish. I own a home in Asheville where Vanderbilt's grandson built a beautiful "castle". I've always wondered about the origin of the money and the sensibilities that allowed such a grand vision come to fruition.
Diana just gets better. Some books in the series were a bit winding and wordy, but this one held my interest throughout. Claire as a sexy grandma. How delightful. Still loving her series. Davina Porter's performance is as wonderful as ever.
This was my first Silva novel and will probably be my last. Had a really hard time finishing this book though I had previously enjoyed stories about the art world. Perhaps this was a bit to political for me...not sure. I hung in because George Guidall is one of my favorite performers and I was hoping to care a bit about the characters.....never happened.
Turow turned out another great story with an interesting plot. Characters were well developed and I could put myself in the story as I imagined the scenes. What people will do for revenge...or will they?
I look for books about the south and hung in on this story though the end only because I very much like the performer. Character development was just not there and the plot was somewhat ordinary. Skip this one.
Amazing in simplicity of storyline with complicated characters. I'd forgotten the ending and so glad I "read" it again. A must!
Having changed genres from the last book, it took me awhile to understand and appreciate the cadence of this story. The story was cleverly delivered and once I finally sorted out the movement from past to present, and the many characters, I appreciated how well the characters and situation came to life for me. The characters became relatable and I was there with them in the story. I enjoyed the performance save one attempt to perform an American accent (the westerner had the accent of a southerner.) otherwise, good Aussie narration.
Curious about this author and first novel of his I've listened to. ... Decision: move on to a better story teller. At once predictable and unnecessarily violent. Much prefer Turow.
The premise is interesting and a wish fulfilling difficult subject. The author took the premise in a particular direction but examines it on a fairly shallow level. How would you deal with the return of a loved one? How would nations deal with the return of thousands of deceased and why didn't the author deal with potential return of famous historical figures both revered and hated?
Wasn't a total "page turner" but another enjoyable story well written. Will Patton's performance was excellent as usual.
I remember the Vietnam war years well, feared the draft for all men and knew the US involvement was wrong. President Carter once said that War is a necessary Evil...but it is evil. This war was an unnecessary evil.
I bought this book to hear Bryan Cranston. His narration was expert and when it ended, I stopped listening to the remainder of the book. What Johnson, Nixon, McNamara and the Military Complex did to the generation who fought this war was continues to plague my generation and our nation. I wish all Vietnam veterans could be miraculously healed and made whole again, but retelling the sins of war isn't the path.
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