OK. Better than recent Patterson offerings. Expect a little diversion and this delivers. But not really a book. Two, totally unconnected plot ideas brought together by the Cross character.
Kind of like taking History of Venice 301 from a egotist prof who thinks everything he has to say is interest and important. Fact is, a good bit is worthy of the time it takes to get though the heavy lifting of rest of the text.
Listened in advance of a trip to Venice. Gave me some new perspectives on a place that I love. But after the first few chapters I had to edit to keep myself interested.
The reader sounds like a professor speaking slowly so the class can keep up and take notes. Happily you can speed him up to keep things moving.
Bottom line. A special interest listen but worth the time if you want to find out the history behind the masks.
An autobiography that leaves you liking the guy less than when you started! An ego so outsized that it is laughable. Lets see--he invented the everything bagel and then every new format of Italian dining in NYC for the last 20 years. And, it appears he did it all himself. Sure there were others involved but gives them minor credit. Even his mother. She helped him most by "stepping back". The proof of this inflated ego trip is that he decided he was the best narrator for the material. Except, he can't read his own words. Halting and slow delivery--kind of like handing a book to a middle schooler and pressing record. And he likes to curse to make a point, any point.
The positives? Well, if you are planning on opening a restaurant in NYC there are prob a few useful tips.
If you think you might like him from Master Chef this book will prove you wrong.
Nice story. Plot moves quite slowly. Slightly above average detective story. What is all the fuss about? Great marketing gimmick to launch with pseudo-name. But taken on its own there is nothing really special here. A nice short story padded into a novel. At least it is well performed and carries you over the dull patches.
Nathan McBride is a good, solid character. Story holds close to Jack Reacher novel. A series also read by Dick Hill. Mr. Hill makes the material better. Like a great actor he can make a good story great. No wonder he has won so many audible awards. If there is a better reader--I have not heard them yet. Very entertaining and now I want to hear the other two books in this series.
A long time Patterson fan. Have been very disappointed in recent offerings. But Private Berlin is a decent read and feels like Patterson is putting some effort into characters and plot after a bunch of paint-by-the-numbers books. Performance of story is very strong and helps power you through the predictable parts. Hope this is beginning of renewed interest in writing by Mr. Patterson.
This is a modern classic. Reading Vonnegut again reminds me of his mastery of word choice and irony to make his point. A turning point in anti-war literature for my generation. Wonderful. But, this narration almost derails the book. Who told Ethan Hawke that it would be best to whisper the entire text? I have heard Vonnegut read portions of the book and he performed in a conversational voice. The narration detracted from the lyrical style of the author. A real shame for the next generation of Vonnegut readers.
The reader does a great job of moving along long uninteresting passages of detail. The problem is that the prose far outdistance the plot.
No. This would have been a great 3 hour listen. Problem is that it runs near 12 hours and is not worth the time committment.
I am sure the book is intended to be a deep and mystical reflection of life and faith. Just didn't work for me. Too shallow to engage. The boy and tiger on the raft set up is honestly a nifty idea. Just goes on and on long after the idea played out.
Not only is this a lazy and predictable storyline but it leaves the reader feeling cheated. The climax? What climax. A cynical summer book from a big brand author to keep the factory going. When will I learn...
Really well crafted story told from point of view of the individual characters but seemlessly brought together by the author. This is one book where the narrator strikes the perfect balance between reading and performing the story. In fact, the narrator adds meaning that a reader might miss. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this one is at the top of list.
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