This was a very dreary listening experience for me. I thought the woman who read it was less than inspiring, sort of a monotone rendering, I guess. The story itself is hard to follow at times and outright boring for most of the hours and hours it ran. I found myself just hoping it would end by the time it finished. Part of the problem, I think, are the main characters themselves. They're neither likeable nor hateable. They're a couple of blah folks who aren't terribly interesting from the start and by the end you just want them to go away.
i am interested in the overall topic of food production, its history and bumps along the way, including the adulteration along the way of various products, including olive oil. so this book is worth the time for a listen. it does go a bit slow, though. i think some tighter editing would have improved the book and made its overall message easier and quicker to absorb.
the general description of how oil has been and is tampered with in its journey from the tree to the consumer is of central value to this book.
sadly, after listening to about 400 recorded books on this service, i found the narration of this title to be the worst i've encountered. ganim's reading of this book gets in the way of the story it is supposed to tell. this isn't a work of fiction where we want a bit of acting to spice up the characters. the fake accents of various interviewees were desperately poor and extremely annoying.
Fair Game was a fine, fast read, with the pages flying by for 15 hours. This is great action material that is brought to life by the fine narration of Paul Thornley. I don't know if the Daniel Shepherd MI5 character is a new addition to Leather's repertoire, but in any case, I want to see more of this guy. Fair Game is a winner.
This is a pretty decent tale, but like all such efforts that rely on current events it suffers due to the real-life loss of Osama bin Laden, one of the book's main villains. The author had no way of predicting bin Laden would have been killed before the book hit the streets, but that doesn't do the progression of the novel any good. The main character in this book is well developed and multi-dimensional, unlike a lot of protagonists in the spy agent genre. The possibility that some of the terror outfits out there these days want -- and may obtain -- a nuclear weapon is as plausible in real life as it is in The Devil's Light. But out hero manages, at the last moment, of course, to derail the effort to use the weapon. The ending is a bit troubling and sort of trite. I really do not like spy novels that finish with the lead character finding out that the best thing he/she can do after being successful in whatever they've been up to is to resign and go another direction in life. That's not realistic and does not capture the way things actually work. These people do their jobs, achieve, fail, whatever, and then go on to their next challenge.
The main character of this novel is simply not believable. Nor is he consistent. He begins as a veteran CIA case officer and winds up a sniveler whose maudlin emotions and goals seem contrived and completely unrealistic. This whole book could be sharpened up with a closer eye to forming and retaining the hero's character amid the environment in which he lives and operates. The narration leaves much to be desired, as well.
As a great Patrick O'Brian fan I am excited to find the offerings of Alexander Kent on Audible. This is a good yarn from a talented writer who obviously knows this genre, that of the late 18th and early 19th centuries English naval service. Since this is the first of these books I've read, I look forward to listening to more of Kent's work. One slight problem I see is that there are 30 Richard Bolitho novels in this collection and only nine are presently available from Audible. Also, Audible said a couple of months ago it was going to number selections in series so they would be easier to read in order. This has not been done yet, so it's necessary to find the correct order elsewhere. It's also unknown whether more of the Kent-Bolitho saga is to be recorded and sold through Audible. I'd prefer to plow through a series such as this without having to go back and read new additions out of sequnce later. So the big question is what is happening with the other 21 novels in this series from Audible???
hopefully this short story will be the beginning of some 'prequel' novels involving demille's character 'john corey.' if this author was testing the waters for this purpose, it gets my vote.
This is a wonderfully plotted and scripted story that tells the tale of the events of the early 20th Century that set the stage for all that followed over that 100-year period. Ken Follett gives us the history as told and illustrated through his great and varied group of characters. Follett's fine writing and the great narration by John Lee entertainingly bring to life a period that is often misinterpreted when looking back through that period. I can hardly wait to see where Follett's characters take us as part 2 leads us into the post-Great War decades.
This book was nothing short of great. Nearing 28 hours, I couldn't put it down. Although it appears to have been written in the 1980s, it is still an exceptional read. It's especially poignant for those of us who lived through the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Audible should be encouraged to find more of DeMille's works and get them recorded -- most definitely with Scott Brick narrating.
This is a tremendously successful effort by this author. I found this novel spellbinding and could not put my iPod down until I had heard the entire book. Why are there not more of Berenson's novels on Audible???
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