I love this book and am haunted by its implications. This is a hell that seems real and is motivating. An eternity of monotony, limitations and a death of expectation would indeed be hell.
This book completely drew me in. I became part of the family, the drama, the smells, the smiles. Neil Shah delivered an incredible performance, nimbly dancing between Indian accents, French accents and so much more. I will look for more books read by him. Wonderful experience.
The story was humdrum from start to finish. Simon Vance is almost a delight, but although he is rumored to be able to make a phone book engaging, he couldn't save this book.
I loved Time to Kill, and thought it was one of the author's best works. This book was not as enjoyable maybe for a couple of reasons. The lawyering by the protagonist was not great in this book and the ending was predictable, but as Grisham endings go, this was far less choppy. Michael Beck's narration was brilliant.
I have listened to the original recording and seen the movie. I wondered if I would be bored by the audio play but the free chapters convinced me. I am now officially a huge fan of the audio play. Card wrote a great script and the performers were just outstanding. My only complaint is that I got very little work done until this recording was finished.
The book stretched the willful suspension of disbelief beyond the bounds set within the parameters of the book. I also disliked the unnecessary profanity that didn't advance the plot or help to understand the characters. When a writer's expressive capacity is limited to monosylabic junior high language it says something either about the quality of the writer or about the writer's estimation of just how low the readers' vocabulary capacity is.
No. I stopped at the second book in the series and wish I hadn't invested the time in the first place. A coming of age became a soap opera and just didn't hold my interest. The reading performance was superb, but couldn't fix the fact that I was in the wrong genre.
Anyone. Anyone at all. Even Kevin Costner could have done better accents. This narrator has a great voice, but his accents are just awful. Sometimes his awful southern accent merges with his equally laughable British accent. The result is unholy. Please, please, please Audible, re-record.
Great book, but the delivery was just overpowering. Like Listening to Roseanne Barr's national anthem.
I have tried a couple of her other books and did not enjoy them. The price on this one was free, and so I bit.
She wasn't bad as a reader.
I'm sure this narrative has its place, just like the movies in the bargain basement bin at Wal-mart, but I got the feeling that Audible agreed to publish this before they heard it, hence the free download.
I love Baldacci's works and thoroughly enjoyed his other non-traditional book--Wish You Well. But this was a ham handed attempt to play the violin. His inspiration was right--it was a story that had great potential, but the execution was clumsy.
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