I have read almost all 87th Pct Police novels when they were first in print.
Over time, after reading all the novels as they are published, I have created a minds eye view of all the characters. Much to my chagrin the narrator of this installment of the series bears no similarity to my mental image. The difference between what I have created in my mind, over the years, and what I hear on this download is completely incompatible. The voices I hear on the audio book bear no similarity to the voices of the characters I have created in my mind. So much so that after 5 minutes I could no longer listen to this audio book. As a born Brooklynite the accent is totally unrecognizable as from an Earthly city. What a waste of money!
In Language A to Z John McWhorter entertains rather than educates. He gaily skips across a bed of quick-sand (language and grammar). McWhorter neither stumbles nor falls. N’ere even gets a toe wet. I don’t want to drown in a sea of grammar but would have liked to, at least, get ankle deep or even knee deep. Every time I reached for a pencil to take a note I found that McWhorter had changed direction and was forging forward on a different train of thought. McWhorter is bright, knowledgeable and witty. Perfect for a cocktail party not for a Great Course!
The mystery is quite nice BUT once the mystery is solved Christian theology is added. There is no reason to add Christian theology to this story. It does not add to the story nor is it necessary to understand the conclusion. For me to read "let's pray" as part of the story is completely OK but to make the request to pray to a Christian G-d excludes me and all the readers who have faith but are not Christians.
There was really nothing about this book that attracted me except the sale price. So - I bought it, put it aside for later, and started to listen to it when my internet cable was down (out of shear boredom ). What a wonderful surprise! I found everything about this book, the story, the main protagonist, the reader, and the pace and sound of the language to be beyond my wildest expectation. Please get this book. Just sit back and listen and just say ahhhhh.
I had expected an interesting story in line with Dan Brown's quasi historic pot boilers. Alas, this book is total hog-wash -- Blaming America for 9/11 --
Drawing parallels between the fall of the first Temple in Jerusalem and the fall of WTC is beyond contempt. One would have to be a rather dim bulb to see these happenings as G-d's punishment for the deeds of the victims rather than the actions of evil men.
The story was great but each event, thought, or experience was retold without - who, what, when, where, &/or how.
A possibly marvelous story would have made the grade if the 5 questions above were written into the story.
The characters and setting were almost interesting. If only reasons, background, history, or internal dialog were included. This book could have been so much more than it was. I was very disappointed
Chasidic Crown Heights is so different, interesting, and rife with stories and history I wanted this book to be more than it was. The storyteller was, for me, just the person to fill in all the blanks. Her non-observant Jewish background would have really been ideal for this but, I guess, it would have been a ten book tome rather than a single book.
Found The Lost Symbol to be totally boring. With the help of Google I did see the wonderful painting on the dome and the sculpt of Washington as Zeus but the setting lacks the exoticism of the settings in his other books. Trying to demonize the Masons is like re-writing Mozart's Magic Flute - it has all been said before and de-bunked.
I am sorry to have wasted my book credit on this book and feel cheated by an author from whom I had expected new ideas, tantilizing plots, and a roaring good read.
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