I looked forward to this book but wonder now if I would have been better off without reading it. I've read all the books in this series and generally liked them a lot. This book was a bad end to a pretty good series. I thought it overwrought - too much angst, and moral rationalization. There was too much thinking on Alan's part, at least to put it all on paper and have a reader follow it and not get tired of it. I usually enjoy Dick Hill as a narrator but in this case his narration was tainted by a badly done story. Aside from the ridiculous 'plot twists', a great deal of it was just a rehash of the last book. I listened to the book instead of reading it so I was not able to skim over the parts that I found overly analytic and annoying without the possibility of missing some detail that would mean something later. All in all I was glad when it ended and with the last couple of books I'm glad to see the end of this series.
This was definitely an entertaining listen. It seems as though many of the reviewers have unrealistic expectations of this kind of book. It's not a "classic" people, it's just meant to be entertainment! Upon starting the book, the narrator was extremely slow, but that is easily fixed; most devices have the ability to change the speed of the playback and that's all it took to fix it. I found the narration of the book quite enjoyable. I questioned the cash handling in a casino setting. It was lax and I think it could have been tightened up a bit more in the writing of the book. I say this because I work in a Casino and the described cash drop security doesn't come close to what I have experienced. Thus the 4 rating instead of 5. Some books are better reads than listens, but I think this would not have been as enjoyable had I read it instead of listening to it. Really, it's just entertaining; easy to listen to and not hard work to follow the plot.
This was such a terrific story with the historical backdrop of female pilots in WW II in England. I'm generally not a huge fan of WW II stories but the balance between the setting and the friendship of these 2 women was so well done that it just flowed very nicely. The narrators both did a tremendous job of making the difference between the background of the characters stand out while making the actual friendship so believable. This book kept me thinking about it long after I finished it (very unusual). Now I've been looking for other works by this author. Well done!
I was first introduced to this book in print form. It's not ordinarily a book I would have chosen but it was given to me. One day I just picked it up and shortly I found myself totally involved. As others have said, you felt as though you were saying goodbye to old friends at the end.
I wasn't sure about listening to the book since I couldn't imagine it would be as good as reading it. But since I'd liked it so well, I listened to the sample to make sure I would like the narrator. Shortly after starting to listen, I felt like I was going somewhere I'd been before and had a great time! If possible it was better the second time since the narration brought life to the story. It was fuller, richer, more alive with narration than I could have ever made it in my mind (and I have a pretty good imagination)! A more perfect narrator for this book could not have been chosen.
Overall, just a terrific book, superbly narrated!
This is not a bad book, but the narrator is really having an issue with his female characterization. Maybe it's just that there are a lot of female characters in the story, but I swear if I hear his whiny, 'swishy', ridiculous intonation much longer, I might have to stop listening altogether. This book might just make me go back to Lucas Davenport in print!
As others have noted, this might be a good read but the narrator makes it tedious to listen to. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and hope the story line makes up for the narrator. My own fault really for not listening to the entire sample.
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