I had high hopes for this book in the early going but by the middle point it devolved to a muddled, over-complicated plot that required more thoughtful consideration than I wanted to give it. The narrator did little to help by soundeing very laid back and poorly suited to the story as well as having poor voice-acting that that only slightly differentiated between some of the male characters. While I love Wall Street/high finance novels, by the end of this one, I was ready to wrap it up and move on to my next book.
The "Lincoln Lawyer" novels have turned out to be a really solid series. Connelly does a good job to use a different tone than he does with the Harry Bosch books. This story isn't the deepest mystery nor does it have a mind-bending twist, but it's engrossing and keeps you ready to find out what happens next. My biggest complaint is that the narrator for the Haller books can be a tad too dramatic at times, but this is a minor quibble. Overall, he does a very solid job.
** spoiler alert ** This book was a rewritten shorter work from the 70s. It should have probably been left shorter. This novel is way too long and plodding. The title would be more fitting if it were "Talking About the Quest" or "Planning a Quest." There is a TON of slow, tedious, only moderately interesting planning and discussing and preparing for the Grail quest. The relationship aspect was apparently grafted on for the novel and wow, is it frustrating. The lead female character just needs to make her mind up about the man she wants! After the long, sometimes interminable leadup to the quest, the team encounters a character that confirms of their speculations and the book speeds to a quick finish, including a pretty predictable encounter with the book's main bad guy.
This is an enjoyable read that has good pacing. It takes three-quarters of the book to set the stage for a very rapid conclusion. However, it is obvious this is the start of a series the way the build-up establishes the backstory and how the book ends. Some of the plot points are a little bit of a stretch but this is a geopolitical thriller, not literature, a "popcorn movie" if you will.
One of the most disappointing Grisham books. He did his standard glorification of lawyers while portraying all businesses as blood-thirsty and criminal entities. He's always been on the liberal side but if he keeps this trend up, he will cease to be "must read."
Michael Connelly does such a good job with the Harry Bosch series. He makes them feel real with, for a series book, depth. It's a much read series and this one had me looking forward to getting back to the book to see what was coming next.
I think stories like this translate better to film where special effects, sound and imagery really create the creepy mood better than mere words on a page. The book is not terrible, but the first two-thirds can be pretty slow in places. It picks up in the last third if you can make it there. Reading this book in 2014, the 70s setting is very nostalgic!
This series has never been a page-turner. It is more of a plodding story documenting various storylines which converge to a degree of the Long Earth universe. There are definitely some interested exploration themes here, but nothing that is edge-of-your-seat. There appears to be no major driving plot but rather episodes in a far longer arc exploring this new world paradigm. It's not a bad series, but if you are looking for a thriller that drives hard to a conclusion, you will be disappointed.
The best Joseph Finder book in a while. The plot moves right along and keeps your engaged. I did think that some of the scenarios of how our protagonist winds up close to the Galvin family was a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, it did not significantly detract from the book.
This is a good overview of the history and evolution of money, banking and finance. I think it would be better as a book to read. Some of the material is a little dry even for someone like me who is fascinated by finance. The book is a little out of date and was written just as the recession of 2008 was beginning to emerge so some of the discussion seems be missing content had it been written post-2010 or so. If you are interested in this type of material, I definitely recommend it, but I would suggest you read it rather than listen.
The summary looked great! I moved this book up to the top of my "Next Read" list. And boy was a disappointed. From the start, I had a very hard time focusing on this book. My mind wandered with easy because it was just not engaged. I was finding other things to listen to when commuting. I decided I would give it a little more time but when it shifted to the perspective of another character with a different narrator, it devolved into a long-winded recollection that might eventually have some relevance to the novel but at the time was utterly boring and uninteresting. I understand this is a book about people who love words but that is not a license to use them indiscriminately just to for the sake of using big words.
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