I preface this review by stating I LOVE DK - he has thrilled, frightened, enthralled, and otherwise captivated me with almost every other book he's written. Life Expectancy was a disappointment - a huge yawn. It almost seems that the premise (a pastry chef turned ultimate hero) was chosen to "prove" he (DK) can make even the most banal scenario interesting, but it failed to rise even to that unlikely occasion. DK, how about finishing the Christopher Snow/Fear Nothing trilogy?
And never quite lets you go. The story is tightly woven, the narrator is great. It was especially interesting to be listening to this book during the first heat wave of the summer here in the Washington DC area:) I'll be sure to check out the author's other offerings.
I've been a reader of an abridged version of this tale since I was a kid in 7th grade. Probably read it 25 times. Then last year I got a copy of an unabridged version - holy cow!!! I had no idea what I was missing - incomparable depth, nuance, and detail so richly rendered! It's far and away my all time favorite book, so when I learned Audible had an unabridged version I snapped it up. At first I was somewhat put off by the narrator - the reading seemed somewhat dry. But as I got more involved I grew to really enjoy his rendition. It seems to fit the period writing style perfectly. And the story itself is a classic - never boring, and although at times Dumas stretches out what could be related in a much more concise way, I inwardly smile when I recall that he was paid by the word:)) Just awesome - I never tire of this novel.
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