If you liked Dan Ariely's book and the Freakonomics books, which I did, this is right up your alley. The only criticism I have is that the book doesn't flow as well as I would like. The first part about Iraq and Afghanistan just completely through me. I was beginning to feel cheated (I could really care less about the wars). But Harford managed to win me over and make it all relevant.
The story, while fairly easy to foretell, was surprisingly compelling. I went in with the thought that it was going to be a fluff book, especially with the way the characters are presented, but the author developed them well and presented them with interesting challenges. I was actually wishing the book was longer near the end.
Gripping, suspenseful story
The character building that Preston and Child do is fantastic. You really feel the depth of them.
The chase scene where they are being chased by the assassin towards the monastery. The reader, Scott Brick, did an astounding job on it (and it was well written, which helps).
The development of the Reverend's character was particularly moving. They crafted him and built him into such a powerful character. You can see some of the same things that actually happened during the Occupy Wall Street protests. But this book was written 7-8 years before the protests.
Please produce the rest of the Preston/Child library unabridged. As I have already done, I will snatch them up as soon as they come available. I love this series and Mr. Brick's narration of it.
I completely disagree with the most recent reviews. The narrator does nothing for the characters. I can't tell one from another. You want to get a narrator that distinguishes characters, listen to Jeff Gurner read Daniel Suarez. Dotrice is just boooooring. I would agree that Martin writes like Tolkein, if you are talking about the Hobbit. It really is slow to get started. Since I used up 2(!) credits on the thing, I am going to bumble my way through it. But it in no way compares to the 1 credit Wheel of Time series.
I have listened to all of the Wheel of time books, so Kate Reading's voice kind of threw me. I was expecting one thing, and she delivered another. Not bad, just different. About halfway through this listen, I was about to give up, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It really hooked me by the end. There is one REALLY annoying thing I cannot find a reason for, the bell sound periodically. I don't know if it was for the tape or disc to signal switching, but what ever it was, it is annoying. Hopefully the rest of the series doesn't have this. Because I am definitely going to have to check out the others.
I don't know if it was the narration or the book itself, but there was a sense of superiority that was annoying. Also, there were some points in the book that I was saying, like you do in a movie, seriously? It just had a few too many unbelievable moments where the answer was quite obvious, and yet, the character seemed not to notice the inevitable. Overall, this is a very entertaining book. I am glad I listened before seeing the movie. Be sure and stick with it till the end. It has a great twist.
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