The story might be okay, though the protagonist, Claire, comes across as enormously whiny and self-centered, I might have listened to it till the end, had the narrator not be so awful. She does all the voices in the same snooty-sounding, bored drone, as if she is stoned or half asleep. I don't like to criticize, but it just is not a voice I personally found very pleasant. I just couldn't care about the characters because they were so bland and self-obsessed, it seemed to me.Maybe I would have liked the print version better, because the premise of the story has a lot of potential, but in the audiobook, I was very disappointed.
The ending was a bit disappointing.
I liked the fact that Sally and Zoe were sisters.
It was fine, nothing that really stood out, but fine.
It could, but it's not necessary, the story is essentially over.
Someone who likes boring books...
I don't really know. She is generally a good writer, but I found the story so dull and unabsorbing. Nothing really seemed to happen the whole time. Fortunately, it wan't very long.
Adequate, fitting, fine.
I have already forgotten quite a lot, that's how unmemorable it was, unfortunately.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the book, as it is one of my favourites. However, I would recommend reading it, or finding a different audio version.
Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey - the style and stories have similar elements.
Davina Porter or have Juliet Stevenson do the unabridged version. Mary Sarah Agliotta kept mispronouncing words and does not have an English accent.
It has been made into a very nice TV mini series.
I would and I have. It is quite amusing with strong characters and excellent dialogue. Further, I felt I actually learned something about Egypt.
Elizabeth Peters does a wonderful job creating memorable characters through her excellent use of language. The dialogue is funny and witty and really sets Amelia apart as a unique character in literature.
I haven't but she is very good, really bringing the story to life.
No, it wasn't a very moving book, but entertaining.
Yes, it's an amusing sequel to 'Crocodile on a Sandbank', which introduced us to the memorable and entertaining character, Amelia Peabody.
The characters and the language, the story is so-so.
I can't really say, though I like all of Amelia's conversations with Emerson.
I can't really say, but maybe
The plot was intricate and well written, but the characters weren't very likeable, even the hero was kind of blah.
He seems to run out of breath quite a bit, and ends his sentence in a bit of a whisper. Also he does his women's voices in a whispery voice, which is better than the odd chirpy voice some male narrators do for women, but it's a little weird. he does a good Irish accent, better than his American.
I wouldn't make it into a movie
unique interesting sad
I suppose it must be Archer himself, as the diary is focused on him and written by him
He narrates very well, with all the different accents and nuances of different speekers
A look behind the bars...
The main character was likeable and the story engaging.
The story starts off strong, but wanes a bot toward the last third.
He does the different accents well and gives them character.
It's a solid, engaging caper, but not a must-hear.
As I was only familiar with Archer's fictional stories, I was curious to listen to this one, an account of his time at Belmarsh prison as an inmate. The story is very engaging and interesting. It unearths a certain injustice towards certain prisoners in the legal system, but also shows the progress others make. The narration is very well done, and I felt as though Archer himself was reading his tale to me. My only issue is, that I somehow didn't sympathize all that much with the author himself. But overall, it was certainly a worthwhile listen and one I would recommend to other Jeffrey Archer fans.
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