I enjoyed the story. It was not inspired, but an OK read. Then, at the end in an interview with the author, I found out that he really believes there is a conspiracy! What a load.
Very good read. I thought at first that there were several stories, but in the end they all turn out to be connected. Very enjoyable. Great short stories in and of themselves.
City of Dreams. (But don't bother with the abridged version, and there is no unabridged audio version, so read the book)
His recounting of the Donner Party. The descriptions of the battery emplacements in Italy left over from WWII. His stories about Richard Burton (true or not, you've got to believe that he really was like he was described)
I laughed a lot. Especially at the Italian innkeeper's attempt to make his village a tourist stop, complete with beach (which he tried to build) and a tennis court high on the cliffs above his inn.
I never quite connected with the female Indiana Jones/Robert Langdon/Benjamin Franklin Glass character who didn't have the background of those three. Even so, she still managed to figure out all the unbelievably impossible clues, including how to decode "aaaaaa..." using Hebrew, English, left to right, no right to left, every 5th word, leave out the vowels, etc. but never figured out why she was picked for such a mission.Don't worry about the plot. You'll never figure out who is doing what and why. It's all revealed in the last chapter anyway.
Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink
Decent reading of the characters.
I was disappointed in the story. I loved City of Dreams (the book not the audio book). Maybe too much pressure to crank out a book every year or so to write another City of Dreams?
Liked the narrator. Would not read another Deutsch book.
Out of over 150 Audible books, I have only given up on one, and that was of poor audio quality. This may be number 2. The book was recommended by an Audible Email. I don't really know why. It reads like a college text book. Jumps from subject to subject. One interesting tid bit in a chapter.
Don't listen to the abridged version. I ended this book as I did Cold Mountain, wishing for more. If Charles Frazier was as prolific as Steven King, my life would be complete.
It's hard to believe a character that knows captains of industry could be so boring. If you want to listen to a sleeper that explains who everyone is in the last chapter, great. Save some time. Listen to the first and last disk. You won't miss much.
I loved the book. However, this abridged version is much too short. The books spans a couple hundred years, and there are dozens of characters. I could follow the story just fine, but I can imagine that someone who did not read the book would come away with his head spinning. It's really a shame, too. Almost all the characters in the book are fleshed out nicely. In this audio book, barely is a character introduced, and he's gone. Hopefully, an unabridged version will be recorded.
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