In my opinion, Cussler gets a lot of undeserved praise for his novels. The plot nor the characters really kept my attention. The story was predictable and unoriginal. I've loved some movies that were based on books by Cussler, but this story just didn't have the intellectual depth I desire in an audiobook. Scott Brick did a fairly good job with a boring story.
I learned quite a bit from this book which makes this treatise on the mining industry quite an interesting experience. As always, I expected a story from the perspective of the judicial profession, however I was mildly surprised by the female narration and alluring subject matter. Just the right mix of action, drama and real-life to make this a really entertaining listen.
The narration was excellent and believable. Ms. Taber accurately captures the personalities of the main female character and other male characters. Although the character of Amanda was a bit whinny and immature (as was probably the intent of Mr. Grisham) and tended to thoroughly irritate me at times, her well-conveyed personality did not distract at all from the story or the other characters.
I really liked this performance in its entirety. I would recommend this book to those avid audible listeners who, like me, crave depth as well as entertainment. If you enjoy the "lack" of predictability from a book that leads with a great story and is accompanied by just the right mix of humor, action, sex (not too explicit), suspense and intrigue, then you will not be disappointed spending a credit on "Gray Mountain".
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story was interesting and it was easy to follow. The handful of characters were skillfully developed and well-sync'd with the story-line. Although the plot was not an overly complex, it was original enough to keep me guessing. The narration was good, but not excellent. I did appreciate the "teaming" between the two narrators which added to character consistency and provided some variety. I would definitely recommend this audio book.
The content of this audio book was wonderful. A well-researched, accurate depiction of Biblical content. However, it wasn't the most enjoyable listen. It had the feel of a dissertation that sometimes morphed into a sermon. I absolutely love John MacArthur, so this review in no way reflects his knowledge of the bible. But, if you want to listen to a "story" about the disciples, I don't feel this hits the mark. My primary difficulty resulted from the narrator's need to cite references throughout the audio. So start with content then stop for a bibliographic reference. It really disrupted the story flow for me.
I enjoyed this book as an introduction to Tom Clancy. I was lured by the prospect of listening to Lou Diamond Phillips, who I felt did an excellent job narrating. I was intrigued with listening to the physical and psychological details of interrogation. The story themes were multilayered, which at times required concentration to follow. This rendered some of the characters a bit under developed in my opinion. However, I loved the action scenes and the soft references to current-day events. There was a nice climax, though the ending seemed a bit rushed for my taste. Overall, a great listen.
The action never stopped. This was a really layered story. This was the first book of 3 that I read. I enjoyed the references to prior books which were woven nicely. The narrator added distinct personality to each of the characters.
I really enjoyed the end of the book. A nice clean ending with no dangling plots or unanswered questions. I will definitely read the first two books.
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