The plot has too many holes and departs too far from any realistic view of the world. Little about the book is believable.
Mature, weak on females
Simon Vance is an excellent reader, except his portrayal of Chiarra was misguided. He made her sound like she was an immature, innocent fool, something she is not.
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.
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.
Just finished this book. It was enjoyable and well read by Scott Brick.
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 tried and tried to like this book. But I couldn't. I kept hoping it would end, but it went on endlessly and aimlessly, until it got the better of me. I had to quit.
Ron McLarty is a wonderful reader, and he has a glimmer of hope as a writer. However, he needs to take plot and character lessons. The book had no plot and, on the few occasions when it tried at plot, it failed. The characters started out as likeable, but then they grey tiresome in their exceeding simplicity, almost stupid and silly ways.
I would have given this book one star, but the reading by Mr. McLarty, as usual, is excellent, even though the words went nowhere.
I think Mr. McLarty might actually make it as a writer someday, but not on this one, I'm sad to say.
I loved this book. True, it is very slow moving, character driven rather than plot driven. The characters are finely drawn and they are believable; the dialog is real. The reader is outstanding. If you're not into a subtle character-based story, this book isn't for you.
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