The description of this book really caught my interest. The first couple of chapters held my attention, but after Elizabeth disappears the story falls apart. The characters aren't believable. It doesn't seem like the author researched the region or had much knowledge of the workings U.S. intelligence agencies. The story jumps in and out of dream sequences and is difficult to follow at times. Then she tries to introduce some paranormal qualities to the characters, but the introduction of this is not smooth and comes across almost as if she knew the story was dying so she threw it a rope.
The narration is alright, but the recording has background noises and static and it skips in places. I have been a regular subscriber for 3 years and have listened to almost 200 recordings over that time. I have never had one as poor quality as this.
Overall, this was a very disappointing purchase.
As took the advice of a reviewer and didn't read any spoilers, so I didn't know what to expect. I enjoyed this story because I was pulled back and forth between the characters, alternately loving and hating each, not knowing who to root for. The story had twists and knots and turns that kept me guessing throughout. It ended differently than I expected. I didn't love the ending, but it was intriguing.
I loved the story, but the narrator's accent sounded like Arnold Swarchenegger. I'm sorry, but I have friends who are Danish and their accent doesn't sound like that. The Stieg Larsson books were SO much easier to listen to. I listen while I drive, and I found that I had to replay sections just so that I could grasp the meaning. The names were difficult to follow, particularly because of the Austrian pronunciation. Next time I'll read it myself.
I'm generally not a reader of sci-fi, but murder and intrigue set 3 thousand years in the future caught my attention. The detail of the story is extraordinary. What a marvelous imagination this author has! I want to hear more, but this is the only one of Ms. Cherryh's books currently available.
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