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I've listened to a lot of stories in the past few years, and this one stands out as one of the best. You are pulled in quickly and you want to stay with it. One of those where you feel a little sad when it ends.
The paradox issue of time travel is paramount to the plot. If you have an interest in such things, then by all means give it a go. Otherwise, steer clear. Cheers, Ken
This is a story that captures you quickly and holds you closely as you make your way through the parallel lives of two persons. They have a 60+ year age difference and yet their orphan roots cause bonding and curiosity that neither person can deny. The narrators are huge positives. My only regret was that it had to end. Cheers, Ken
This book is worthy of your time. It helps a little if you have read the first in the series since one of the supporting characters is carried over from the fist book entitled "Hostile Witness." I understand a third book is close to completion, and I plan to read it as well.
If you read the book, ask yourself some questions about the relationship between the heroine lawyer Josie and her Most Favored Companion the retired cop. I'll leave it at that, but I think you will get my drift when you read it.
The narrator is OK but not great. She rushes the read and lacks the interpretive skills to add drama to the story...tonal change, pause and emphasis is lacking. If you are an avid Audible fan you understand the value of a great narrator. Cheers, Ken
Five Star ratings are hard for me to award. But as I look back on how quickly I finished the book and the list of other activities I gave up to enjoy this journey, it's clear...this one gets the nod. My interest was captured early, and it was held as the characters took shape and the mystery became intriguing. I don't want to oversell since that has a tendency to raise expectations to the point where even a good tale can struggle to please. But as my rating suggests...try it, I think you will enjoy the book.
Clearly, this writer is very knowledgeable in spy parlance and the Russian language. And this provides a sense of authenticity not commonly found in weaker novels of the same genre. Unfortunately, this rigor of sticking to the real life descriptions of real spies and for the most part, their boring routines makes for a lot of boring pages. Yes, you will find some action, but it lacks the spice of attitude. And attitude makes for entertainment.
Matthews has all the legitimacy he needs to turn a tasty tale...what he lacks is the imagination to combine this detail with some hard hitting fictional characters that act out and become our villains and heroes. Personally, I don't want my novels to read like newspaper articles. If he can combine his authenticity with some entertaining story lines, he can be a novelist with a big future.
This is one I would have rather read just to avoid Scott Brick's narration of John Cory. Since most of the book is related through Cory, Scott's "wise guy" interpretation gets old quick. And of course, DeMille just can't seem to let up with the wise cracks that soon become trite and boring. When one reads the book, only the wise cracks have to be tolerated. And since most of them are trite enough to become predictable, your eyes and brain soon team up and you just skip and ignore them. This allows you to concentrate on the story which is above average, but not a megahit. Cheers.
My second novel by Mitzner and happy to report both were well done. Collins delivered the story with just the right amount of inflections to add to the shock and awe scenes and yet keep the story believable and dramatic. I've listened to some very average novels lately and this one was a nice upgrade. Five stars don't come easy from me, but I think Mitzner deserves the award...hope you agree. Cheers
Story was engaging, but lacked credibility. Yes, the Federal Reserve Bank can make major decisions that can significantly alter financial positions. And the broad stroke explanations provided in the book are OK as far as they go. But it's too much of a stretch to expect the villain in this story to have been able to manipulate and profit in the manner described. Based on my personal business experience with former members of the Fed, I felt it was a little too far fetched. On the other hand, I did find the high tech content to be very believable.
The narration was flat and underwhelming, Marosz was monotone and inflectionless.
The characters are well developed...but not a hero among them. Virtually nothing good happens in this story. It’s sad, depressing and without action.
A young reasonably stable and capable couple both go “postal” when the reality of being laid off in a bad economy begins to sink in. The guy becomes obsessed with mysterious noises only he can hear. He has illusions of some kind of animal running around in the attic, and he aims to capture or trap it. In the process, he bashes holes in the walls, installs electronic monitors and even sets a huge spring trap. I will stop here in case you choose to listen to it anyway. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Nothing good happens.
The story line of a tough childhood and how this guy manages to develop character traits that were fashioned by his orphanage roots keeps you listening and often on edge. Will his next encounter with danger cause him to abandon his best friend and or his family? Or will he remain true to his hard earned principles and do the right thing even when it hurts? His best friend is a felon who you will learn to love. You just can't get enough of this guy.
If you're like me, you get bored with long listens that lack action, and with writers that fill pages with never ending descriptions of irrelevant things. This novel has a small dose of writer's drivel, but it has enough action and suspense to make it well worth your time.
Scott Brick does well with some of his voice changes to help with the character distinctions...nice job with the best friend. But overall, I found him overly dramatic too often. I really enjoy hearing multiple narrators. I listen to several books per month and I've really come to appreciate a combination of male and female narrators. I think it really adds value, and I hope to find more books that offer that feature. Cheers, Ken
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