I am very pleased that Patrick Tull is starting to narrate the Sharpe series. I'm almost through Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, also narrated by Patrick Tull (note: don't even consider trying an Aubrey/Maturin audiobook if it isn't narrated by Tull) and discoveringCornwell's Captain Sharpe takes the edge off of the inevitable O'brian withdrawal.
Sharpe's Escape is a great listen, with well-developed characters and (unlike Scharra's historical fiction) realistic dialogue.
The characters in this historical novel are two-dimensional at best. If you liked the old John Wayne westerns then you will enjoy this. The dialogue is reminscient of the first Star Trek series, lots of William Shatner-esque phrasing; the result is the feeling that the the character's thoughts and dialogue are just attempts to work in the real-life journals and letters of the characters. The same themes and concerns are repeated over and over again, with saint Robert E. Lee able to do no wrong, even in his thoughts. Save your audiobook credit, and get a something by Patrick O'Brian (I'd hoped this would be a land-based version of his naval historical fiction, no such luck)
The Prometheus Deception has a good premise and plot, but I found it tiresome that Ludlum assumes we need to have the implications of every development explained. The result is characters who do a lot of talking to themselves and thinking out loud. It significantly bogs-down the plot, and feels like the the equivalent of reading with your lips moving.
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