This is the first book of J.D Robb that I read. Already around the the first part of the book I felt the book is bad, but I went on listening to it just in case my initial impression will be changed. However, I got to the end and proved that it was a great waste of time. The book is staged in the "future" but nothing in the plot calls for such futuristic staging, besides probably to market the book. The goods are extremely good. The heroine is a great leader to her team, has a great husband and great sex life. The villain is bad through the beginning. No sophistication in the plot, no twist. Bottom line - good only maybe for long and dull flights.
This is the 2nd book of Mitzner I am reading. I kind of liked his previous book, and reading several praising reviews, especially talking about the shocking end, I started listening to the book. I actually read it to the end but almost at the middle I already knew how its going to end. I am sorry to say but it is a just another John Grisham wanna'be but not close to the sophistication of Grisham's novels. Readable and page turner but nothing more. At the end I was quite disappointed and thought I should balance the other readers enthusiastic reviews.
An excellent portrait of the 19th era both depicting the criminal life of Dickensian London and then the new life at the Australian colony. Well intertwine real historical figures and believable fictitious characters. The narration is one of the best performance experience I had on audible
I listened to this book for the entire month. What an experience had it been. I have read several critics saying that the book is too long. It indeed like reading 3 books, but what an experience it was. I felt that I was pulled into this fascinating stpory, to this amazing world of 1q84, never wishing to leave this world.
A quote which will probably become eternal - "if you can't understand it with out explanation you will not understand it with an explanation".
This is a rare masterpiece, but is very accessible. No dull moment and still leaves you with so much to absorb and think.
I only regret I could not listen to it in its native language. However the narration is superb. One of the most exciting experiences of any audible book I listened to was when the narrator started to sing from a Bach Passion (if my memory does not betray me).
To summarize, highly recommended!
First a spoiler alert. If you read this to the end the surprising twist in the book might be some how spoiled.
This book has a lot of potential. The subject is very interesting and the historical background, as other pointed out was done very thoroughly. The story takes you into the life and rival of those who hold the magician craft in the 2nd half of the 19th century. This is the most interested part. The narration by Simon Vance is great (as always) and all in all this is not a bad book to read.
However, the author has chosen to take the book toward the end into the non realistic world. I find it unnecessary and kind of "breaking" the contract between the author and the reader as how to resolve the mystery.
Its like reading a detective story where a body was found in a locked room. with the key inside the door and with no one that had an access to it. You expect some kind of creative solution to the mystery, but if the author's solution is that a ghost entered the room and left the body there than one may consider the book to be childish at the best.
I took this book because I was curious how a "book written by a comittee will look like. Although at sometimes I wanted to throw this book (and it rarely happens to me), I decided to "suffer to the end" just to give it a full chance. I was very disappointed and especially from the way it is being marketed, which in my mind is somehow a mislead. So I started with low expectations, but the end result is unfortunately much worse than I could imagine.
I enjoyed so much listening to this audiobook. This is a great thriller by all means, but what sets it aside is the settings of the plot in the end-of-Stalin reign era in the USSR. The author succeeds to take you back to those awful years and let you feed like you have witnessed this your self. True that the plot has its own weakness in some of the twists, but all in all, experiencing the communist era in such deepness makes this a great novel. But go read George Orwell famous 1984 after this book if you had not.
While the book is well written, it is like a ferry tale told about the holy trinity. This is a very christian oriented book and probably will appeal to christian people, or any one that wonders what's behind the christian way of thinking.
It is amusing to watch the type of emotional manipulation played by the author on the reader, as if directed by an Hollywood 3rd degree film director. For anyone really interested I highly recommend follow the reading of the book by Richard Dawkins' best seller God Delusion book.
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