As a teacher I know that books can change your life. You come across that special book, if you are lucky, two or three times in a lifetime. This is one of those books. Read beautifully by Humphry Bower in a pleasing Aussie accent, this book unfolds in a way that teaches and touches your very soul. Meaningful, original simile and metephor combine with pace and action and introspection to weave a tale of a man's life and search for himself across three continents. Constructed in a way with underplayed forshadowing we are swept along not really realizing we are reading or listening, we are hypnotized in the fictive trance of Roberts' world. I found myself smiling, sometimes laughing out loud, sometimes heartbroken with sorrow as I hitchhiked through this story that touched me so deeply. I know you will learn from this book, about the slums of India, about the trades of counterfiting, forging, smuggling, currency trading, about friendship, love, forgiveness, and the human heart. It is a long book, forty three hours, but you don't want it to end. Roberts becomes your new best friend. I have been an audible listener for three years now and I have enjoyed many books. This book is the very best one.
It was waaaay too long and there was almost no action. It was touted by some reviews as a very good novel. I found it tedious and boring and not at all believeable. The characters were wooden and talked in scripted lines. There was no life in this story at all.
I wanted to quit listening many times and if not for a touch of OCD in my DNA I would have.
No, absolutely not. There is no story here.
I used to like Scott but on a long read such as this he gets a little smarmy. He sounds like an old Calvinist preacher on Thai stick.
hopeless boredom, dissappointment and sadness over losing the credits and listening time...
I am a Mikey Likes It kind of guy. I usually like every movie, book, meal, party, game, whatever. Rarely do I not like something. I hated this book.
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