Pacific Palisades, CA USA | Member Since 2004
One third of the book -- where the protagonist is 90- or 93- years-old -- is good: the character development, story, prose and reader.
The other two thirds -- where the protagonist is in his early twenties -- are mediocre at their best. These parts consist of poorly written, unbearable melodrama worsened by a reader who thinks that he needs to amplify the melodrama. Shallow story, barely any character development, trite prose.
The good parts aren't worth the pain of listening to the mediocrity.
The reader is supremely annoying. He makes every word, phrase and sentence a major dramatic emotion.
This book is worthless. I can't think of anything good to say about it, perhaps other than the reader is decent.
A book full of fun, a sprinkle of sci-fi, a love story to pull the emotions, and the end result is a very enjoyable book.
I anticipated a Grisham-level legal thriller as suggested by other reviewers.
Instead, this book tries to be legal drama wrapped inside of personal drama, or perhaps personal drama wrapped inside of legal drama. The result is that both the legal drama and the personal drama are boring, shallow and just barely interesting. The author tries to salvage this mediocrity with a couple of twists at the end, but they are barely interesting, so they fail to save this very bad book.
And then there's the reader. This man has a decent voice but his reading skills are deficient, He emphasizes with fake emotion almost every noun, verb, preposition, adjective, adverb and conjunction in the book, regardless of the need to give any of them a dramatic emphasis. Particularly irritating is his impersonation of the protagonist's 5-year-old daughter, Very very annoying.
A complete waste of 11 hours and a credit.
Interesting tidbits, but not a gripping story. Would've liked more page-turning adventures, anecdotes, events. Essentially a recap of George McGovern's stint as a USAF bomber pilot.
Lacks engagement. More or less a drone narration of facts with some interesting anecdotes and stories here and there.
This is the first Robb book I've read, and clearly the last. It has nothing going for it: an uninteresting story line, blah prose, barely any development of the characters.
This book is bad. A melodrama -- read by a melodramatic reader -- that is a blatant screenplay desperately seeking to be picked up for a movie production. It's full of action phrases ("coiled", "sprang into action", square jaw", "exploded", "burst into" this that or the other, ad infinitum), whilst character development is moronic when its decent, awful most of the time. The only good parts are the recollections from the diaries, which unfortunately happen in very very very few places. And the ending is worthless, perhaps looking for the sequel book (and movie).
The book is all-in-all good, but when the author bombs the romantic scenes using corny language. I can almost see her editor suggesting how to "spice up" those scenes with phrases straight out of cheap paperbacks.
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