Preston and Child pull out all the stops on this one. The novel takes in many unexpected directions and (almost) wraps it all up nicely.
Who was the second grave for?
If there was an award for best narration of all time it must go to Steven Weber.
This book "It" is probably one of Stephen King's best, and Weber gives it the due it deserves.
I have been listening the Tom Clancy novels that I originally read when they were release as real books, and they mostly hold up fairly well. I thought I remember Rainbow 6 as one of my favorites. Listening to the abridged version, if this was my first encounter with Tom Clancy, would have turned me off forever. All character development, plot lines,detailed background storie and intertwining plots have been stripped out. All that is left is a smilingly nonstop series of shoot-em-ups. The reader is fine, as usual, but has been done to this novel is an atrocious shame. Tom Clancy is much better than this, and needs to be made aware of what is being done to his work.
The pace of the story was just about right, aided by the careful charater development blended with the meticulous attention to detail Kind renders for the 50's and 60's
I don't think I listened to any of his other work. I would have remembered.
It was hard to stop listening but I knew it was a long one. Even still, I would sit in the driveway when I got home, listening for a while before I had to finally go inside.
First, let me say that my issue with this book may be the fact that it is the abridged version. It seems like a collection of stories loosely collected with large gaps taking place between the chapters. Second, the hype I read before purchasing this book created expectations in my mind that the book did not live up to. Third, the premise of the book is an intriguing one, and the not so subtle analogies to today's politics are the best part of this story. Interesting concept, could have been a much better listen if regular narrators were used so that the unabridged version could have been created.
I enjoy all of the Pedrergast novels, but this one was a little off-putting in the beginning. It seemed like it was being rushed along without the usual detailed background of a Child-Preston novel. When I figured out it was an abridged version it made sense. Highly recommend only reading the unabridged versions. The imense detail these guys provide really makes for a compete experience. Good story, in any case.
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