Somewhat disappointing but it's unfair to be critical of the author based on reading the abridged version. I would like to read the unabridged version because the characters are interesting and the facts related about the Galveston Hurricane were fascinating. The book just seemed disjointed and lacking in consistency.
Quite disappointing compared to the original book, Aztec; although it could be because this version is abridged.
I usually prefer unabridged versions. The plot on this seemed to jump around rather than flowing logically... there again, probably because it has been abridged.
Escape is actually a sub-plot that is written in James Clavell's much longer book, Whirlwind, which I had previously read. In spite of that, it is not an abridged version but is interesting and fast-paced enough to stand alone.
As always, the narrator, John Lee's facile use of so many foreign accents is amazing! His reading is inspired and gifted and he is certainly one of my favorite narrators.
The most positive thing I can write about this book is that Elizabeth Gilbert is a fabulous narrator.
Now for the bad news. I obsessively finish all the books I begin, no matter how difficult, and this book was truly difficult. She is so totally self-absorbed, spoiled in the selfish sense, and narcissistic, that I could barely struggle through the chapters. I read this to discuss with my book group, but to be selfish myself, it was a total waste of time and money.
Very well written and while told from the point of view of a teen-ager, seemed very convincing. The details of the Olympia tidal flats and the environmental concerns and interests of the main character were fascinating. It made me want to go explore tidal pools!
An interesting and exciting thriller with Alaska background and description accurately related. As an Alaskan reader, I found the details particularly interesting and relevant.
Well written non-fiction... fast paced enough to read as fiction. Typical of Follett's well crafted story telling even though he is a partner author.
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