The author has done a nice job of writing, using a rich vocabulary, and the narrator does a very good job of reading, but the storyline of this book is so improbable I finally couldn't take it anymore. Does the author really think that if you were confronted with someone identical in appearance and mannerisms to your spouse but you thought was possibly an impostor, that you wouldn't be able to ask some "only your real spouse could know the answer" questions and determine very quickly if that person was the genuine article or not? Somehow, the main character of this book never thinks to do that, and thus his uncertainty continues. That uncertainty is what the whole story revolves around (at least up until the point I gave up).
I found this story of Schubert's life quite well done. It gave me a much expanded, and more accurate, understanding of this man's life. Although a given listener may complain the book did not include this or that composition amongst those recordings inserted to augment the story line, I found the sampling to be good. I liked the fact that full performances, or large segments, of each piece were played, rather than just short snatches. I also liked how different actors' voices read quotes from various letters and journals that were used to support the story. Enjoyable and informative!
Author: No. Reader: Yes
Story gets off to a good start, but then drags with off-the-story-line writing that seems to be there only to add to the page count. I found myself thinking that if this had been submitted to the publisher by someone other than the well known Grisham, it would have been rejected. I finally gave up on finishing the listen.
After a good start, I found myself getting angry that Grisham spent so much time on tangential stuff that did not move the story along. Seemed like
Reader's performance was superb.
I really enjoyed the da Vinci Code and was looking forward to this, but it was quite disappointed. The story line was only a "C" and writing style no better.
It sounded like a interesting idea having a different author write each chapter, but I think the expression "too many cooks spoil the broth" applies here. The transition from one author to the next was several times not that smooth. One author was crafting an intellectually intriguing story only to have the next take the story abruptly into improbable gunplay and chase scenes. I gave up and didn't finish after about seven chapters.
I've enjoyed the previous Harry Bosch books, and I was enjoying this one until about halfway through when the storyline took several turns that were so improbable and hard to believe that it spoiled it all. I found myself wondering how the author could expect us to be this willing to 'suspend critical judgment' and continue to stay involved in the story.
I enjoyed the first portion of this book but as it went on it seemed the author lost any sense of needing to tell a story that was at least plausible. I finally stopped listening when it became so implausible I lost interest in the characters and started feeling annoyed at the author for being so sloppy.
I think this book, for some at least, would better to read, rather than having it read to them. It is rather dense and you must keep your mind well focused to follow it. Let your mind drift off to contemplate a thought it has provoked, and by the time you re-focus your attention the Audible reader may well have moved on to new territoty.
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code, which while a fictional story at least had only limited portions of it that required you to suspend your critical judgment and allow implausible time-lines and character actions to become real in the story. In this book, there is simply too much of that. After maybe a hour of ridiculously impossible story line action, I felt the author was insulting my intelligence and lost interest.
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