For me, the book started a bit slowly but it captivated me fully and I was sorry when it ended. The narrator is one of the best I have heard, capturing the accents and personalities of the many characters. We recently relocated to Hong Kong which is the reason I purchased the book, but for someone who usually listens to the “thriller” genre, it has enticed me to listen to Clavell’s other books. It clearly yearns for a sequel, but I do not believe there is one, so I will move onto northeastern Asia and purchase “Shogun”!
Agree with other reviewers that the narrator does not do justice to the male characters, especially. Inspector Dalgliesh sounds much more pompous than I have to believe the author intended. It can also be hard to differentiate between characters. Plot started well but didn't hold too much suspense after 2/3 complete, then it is just winding the story down. Having read all the Dalgliesh books, this was a disappointment
This is a long and boring book. I usually love the Scott Brick books and most of DeMille's, but this is a low point for both. The plot is a far fetched and DeMille takes way too long to say very little. You can skip every 5 minutes and not lose the story. Also, his portrayal of Corey's wife, who is his boss or at least an intellectual equal, is appalling. She is more a sycophant than an independent force in the book... never able to stand up to her macho husband, who needs to save the day all by himself.
I have enjoyed many of PD James' books, but found this one a bit disappointing. The plot was good and kept me going, but the conclusion was abrupt, and it was hard to believe that all the pieces came together in a single moment of inspiration. It was almost like James said to herself, "ok it's time to end the book, here is the conclusion, now let's move on".
I enjoyed the story, but half way through was wishing I had bought the abridged edition (something I never do). There were a few too many details about room decor, food, scenery, clothing, etc. I kept wishing I could skip ahead to get to the point of the paragraph. That said, the story kept my attention and kept me guessing till the end.
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