Story was OK. I wanted the narrator to calm down - the story wasn't THAT interesting, and overacting did not make it more so.
I learned very little about the teachings of L.R. Hubbard and Scientology; and more about Tom Cruise than I was interested in. Narration was overblown, as if volume and pretension would make content more important.
The story is not good, and it's there only to hold the philosophy, which is endless, and trite. Also there's lots of brutal beatings, with detail. Way too much testosterone! I couldn't finish it.
I finally gave up after hearing half, and I gave it my best try. It goes backward and forward in time, the narrator goes in and out of an Italian accent, even in the middle of sentences. True crime is my favorite, but this is so complicated that the story is lost.
The whole story is told in the introduction, and the details of the book don't really add much of interest. The reader reads with too much expression, as though he's reading to children, or giving a sermon. At the end are three hours of the story of New Orleans, but I'm not going to listen to all of it. Enough already.
I listened for an hour or so. Nothing happened, and there was no indication that anything would happen. And I didn't care. It sounds like 120 year old book for kids.
It's a mystery why this book won any prize. It is quite boring, dry, and soulless.
I was very annoyed to hear that this book is from AudibleKids! The description page should have made that clear.
The mystery is very easy to solve and the book is about two hours longer than it should be. There are many extremely long and tedious explanations. I won't bother finishing it.
overly romantic, full of cliches, might be OK for 12 year old girls except for the sex scenes. Really not at all good.
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