I am sure historical fiction is tough, especially such a large book filled with details. I thought this book was a little too much history and not enough fiction to emphasize the characters. The narrator is good (not great). Would recommend. Hoping for a great finale.
Why I did not know that book five was not the last book I don't know. It should have been evident in book four when the plot stalled out. Book five does a little better job moving the plot forward, at least the last 10% of the book does. Still a lot of fluff. Boring conversations still dominate. I don't remember any of these drag on conversations in the first three books. Someone must have pulled Martin aside after book three and told him there was money to be made if he dragged out the series for a few more books. There is just such a dramatic shift from books 1-3 to books 4 and 5. I have to imagine if he is going to wrap up this series in 7 books, then book six has to refocus the plot when it comes out. If it doesn't, this series may never end. Dotrice is limping to the finish line, not a terrible job, only the female characters suffer greatly. But how is he going to do two more books. A little worried Dotrice skills are on the decline and book six could be ruined because of it. Oh well, too late to change now.
After three great books, the story just plummets into mediocrity. I have read the reviews and they slam Dotrice but I would equally slam Martin. I actually give Dotrice a little break given how many characters and the difficulty in the performance (that being said, Dotrice is clearly off his game in this book). It is the story I was most upset about. What happened to all of the great characters, the action, and the plot. This is a book of a few characters talking a lot and barely inching the plot along. Almost felt like filler material to make this a five book series. I have to imagine all of the interesting characters come back in book 5. I know some of my friends stopped this series have way through this book and now I know why. Despite my disappointment I will trudge forward to book 5.
Great writing with narration is always a winner. Given how large the scope of these books are, Martin pulls it off again. Several story lines that all have rich characters and intense action. Off to book 4. Highly recommend this series, at least up to this point.
Another great audiobook! This series is excellent. I am only hoping it can keep up the momentum. I have been let down so many times with other series as you get to the end. So far this series is getting better. I would think almost anyone can get into this series unless violence is a turn off. Off to book three.
This is by no means my favorite genre but great writing is great writing. Wow. Difficult to turn off the car on this book. The narration is also top rate. This is a five star plus book. Can not wait to get to the next in the series. Only recommendation before starting this book is to find a map online of the different lands. It can get a little confusing otherwise.
Narration was solid. Graham is always good. The book seemed a little too far fetched. Twists were there but fell a little flat. Probably more of a 3.5 star book. Choose another Finder book first. This is not his best work. Probably will eventually listen to book 2 of this series but not anytime soon.
Though not my favorite Goddard book, it is still a 5 star in my eyes. A plot that is never boring with great characters to make the story never stall out. Excellent narration to boot!! Wish there were more Goddards in the literary world.
Following the book, The Lion, which in my mind was a complete flop paired with poor narration, I feel The Panther showed a slight improvement in plot but a huge improvement by Brick in his performance. Still two stars is stretching it. I would not recommend this book to a friend. Corey becomes a stand up comedian for some reason. I like sarcasm, but every other line out his mouth is a sarcastic one liner. Not only does it slow up the book but it becomes very irritating about 5 hours into the book. And it doesn't stop until the end. The plot itself is too simple. A great history and description of Yemen, but I was more interested in a complex plot with a clever NYPD cop as the lead. What I got was a painfully slow moving simple plot with the main character becoming a nuisance.
I have been a huge DeMille fan to this point but now with two bombs back to back, the next book better be good or it will be a sad fall to my B list of authors. I will cross my fingers.
Ambler is a great talent in my book. Every book is excellent. Now it falls upon the narrator and the audiobook publisher to make it happen. This one fell short, not due to the story which was first rate but due to a lackluster performance. My whole family listened to this book on a long trip and it was universal, good book with a narrator that never found his stride. This is a great example how the narrator is the difference between a good audiobook and a great one. I will always recommend an Ambler book just not this narrator. I will still march on and go through all the Ambler books. Hard to match in quality of writing with any other writer.
Looking forward to other books by this author. Great character development and the book makes you feel you are in the scenes. Great writing is paired with excellent narration, always the best mix.
This is not my usual genre, a little too twisted in many parts and I will have to spread out the books to allow my brain a rest from this sordid cast of characters. Even so, with a good writer, I will always come back for more.
This is a good use of a credit, even better if you like the serial killer type of books. Thanks audible reviewers, good advice on this one.
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