I'm a giant fan of Carl Hiasson, have enjoyed all his prior books, and looked forward to this one.
I'm sad to say: This book was quite a disappointment. The humour and satire seemed forced; the characters were, in my view, boring. Seems to me like Hiasson is in a rut, and that this one was just churned out.
I couldn't wait to finish the book and had to force myself to do so.
I hope this is just a slight rut in Carl Hiaason's otherwise brilliant career. In all, I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
I loved this book. It is complex and intriguing and read by a fabulous reader. David Liss always interweaves historical characters and these were fascinating. I recommend this book without reservation.
I loved the book and the reading. First-rate all the way. While it's by no means a chair-gripper, it is nonetheless compelling in terms of its psychological portrait. I recommend the book without reservation.
I've "read" lots and lots of audiobooks. This is one of the best, wonderfully and realistically written and read.
It's on the top of my list. If you want to read a novel with a plot that is intelligent, that does not stretch reality beyond the breaking point, that provides page-turning tension, read this book.
One of my all-time favorites.
This book was silly and trite. Typical tale of numerous suspects and "brilliant" detective putting all the improbable leads together. Like thousands of other tales of this sort. The reader was very good in parts and very poor in other parts. In all, wish I hadn't wasted my time.
This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and read. An unforgettable experience.
I had looked forward to this book. It doesn't make it. It is disjointed, with little chronological flow. Although the book starts when Dylan was a nobody, it then skips to when he was over the hill. The most interesting part---the years in the 1960's and early 1970's, when Dylan achieved superstar status---is ignored. While Dylan skips the most important part of his career, he dwells on many irrelevant or nearly irrelevant subjects. The book is filled with filler, including painful descriptions of the weather and over-use of adjectives and metaphors relating to meaningless subjects. He spends seemingly endless time talkabout his making of an album that didn't work, but no time talking about his major hits. The only plus: Sean Penn sounds like Dylan. Other than that bright moment, Dylan would do us all a favor if Volume 1 were the last volume. This is sad because I love Dylan's early music.
Don't know whether the book is good or bad. Do know that the reader is awful. Miscast. The reading is the equivalent of casting a 9-year child to read the part of a powerhouse executive. Forget it.
The author dug deep and put together an amazing true story, one that any person interested in World War II history should read. I agree that, sometimes, there was too much detail; but, one gets an amazing impression of battle, heroism and, most importantly, the stupidity of war.
I wish the author had written with stricter chronology in mind. On multiple occasions, the same ship sunk several times. It would have been better if each ship that sunk were described as sinking only once, with all related details chronologically related at all once.
In all, however, this is an unforgettable book. It was worth the sometimes-struggle to get through it.
This book is agonizingly long. The story goes nowhere. There are pretentious, boring references to volcanic facts that seem thrown in for the sole purpose of making the book appear intellectually founded. The only plus: Excellently read by John Lee.
This was a waste of time for the author, for the reader and for John Lee.
Studying your navel would be better than reading this nonsense.
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