"Seeker" got me hooked on Jennifer Van Dyck as a reader/narrator. She's absolutely wonderful, a true gem. McDevitt got me hooked on Benedict/Kolpath stories. This story is a nice expansion to the Rainbow Enterprises universe, a good continuation, but not quite the "Detective Archeologist" long drawn out multi onion layer plots/stories that Seeker and Polaris are. If you are looking for another Seeker, this isn't it; if you are looking for a solid continuation of the Rainbow theme, it is. The main mystery is "solved" 2/3 through, that’s true; McDevitt does a very good job continuing the story, though, so the last 1/3 is not a disappointment. And JVD - did I say she's the absolute best and completely believable as Chase Kolpath? I hope JMD writes more, so JVD can read them.
This is a great espionage novel, masterfully read. Deep characters, intricate plot, high quality suspense. I’m happy that 2/3 through, the seduction portions are very powerful support for the story, but few and far between. What great about the story is those few events provide a huge dimension of the story without all of the “detail”, which would be distracting. The reader does an excellent job. J Bobb is superbly matched – right up there w/ “13” by RK Morgan and the Jasper FForde novels which are very well matched with readers.
Really enjoying the story - love to see just how the plot is unfolding at every turn.
I felt like I was in Russia, in the SVR.
WARNING - This book takes FAR TOO long to get where its going, and a few months later I'm not really sure where it went, although I have a vague recollection about kids under siege, vampires, a military experiment gone horribly wrong, wasteland wanderings in Humvees, a militia unit, a narrator who sounded tired most of the time, and …
I recall being very frustrated listening to it. It took over a month to get through, and that long causes one to lose lots of continuity. Unlike a paper book, where you can flip 'n skim, you can't easily do that on your audio player. I'm SOOO glad I got it on sale for one credit.
There is a GREAT synopsis on Wikipedia of the book. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't know what I've missed.
WARNING - this is a story for mature audiences only - and I don't mean just age, I mean one's ability to realistically understand that there is a very dark side of the human soul and separate yourself from the descriptions/events in the story. Larsen captures this darkness vividly, and Salander is a phenomenal executioner of Laresn's ire.
SL's series may be all the rave, and while the "crime/mystery/layers/plotting" is pretty darn good, the explicit details that get you there do get in the way. This novel moves much faster than Dragon Tattoo - that one drove me nuts until I reached the 1/2 way point, and then I furiously re-listened to get all o/t details. I am seriously on the fence about the third novel, though, because as others have commented the material is quite explicit.
I don't agree w/ the common wisdom that this story stands on its own; w/o reading TGWTDT, it would be hard to slug through the abuse/sexual stuff, and you really would not appreciate many of the characters/scenes/events. After having listened to TGWTDT, the story is compelling, and an OUTSTANDING follow up / continuation.
On the bright side, for someone in the USA: I've remarked to several people that listening to the book and the wonderful pronunciations / scene descriptions are like taking a vacation in Sweeden. After watching the first two movies, I can honestly say "That's what I thought XYZ would look like!"
This title caught my eye over a year ago, but I was skeptical at the price point, so it went on the Wish List. Next time I had a credit, I decided to give it a shot. The dramatization really adds to the military / adventure story in many ways. There's some splendid Foley work, nice background noise that goes with the scenes, and most (not all) of the voice acting is good. Then there's the love interest - rrr, rrr! There are a few "over the top" voices, and a few times when the background sounds should be lower, all true, but by and large this was worth the buy. I've listened to it twice now, and will likely listen a third time.
First - I really enjoyed Khristine Hvam's reading of the book. She does a very good job.
Second - yes, there is far too much time spent on one of the plot points (the rescue operation, as noted by others) - but getting to the plot device is fun adventure with some decent suspense along the way.
Third - if you can get past #2, Chindi is a pretty good adventure novel w/ some pretty interesting personalities in the characters, believable physics, a great heroine character with a catchy name (really, who names people "Hutch" these days? that's a hoot!)
Fourth - I'm about 85% through, and really looking forward to the culmination of the books' namesake - what is the purpose of the Chindi?
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