It's ridiculously and uncharacteristically (for inclusion in the Bourne series) melodramatic (absolutely intolerable at some points), implausible, and silly.
Until there is some compelling reason to believe that Van Lustbader has improved, not any of his books.
The narrator carries the voice of the women in the story in a single tone of voice: They sound like victims, even if they are ostensibly strong characters.
Frustration. I enjoy Ludlum, and have even enjoyed some of Lustbader. My sense is that publishers thought they could make a quick buck off the Ludlum franchise, intelligence and plausibility be damned. They succeeded.
Bourne is typically not about affairs of the heart nor the body, though they do occur in the novels. It is about the mystery and the thrill: hence the term thriller. This bok has almost none of that and most certainly, the Soraya and Peter relationships are like watching Desperate Housewives.
What would have made this book better is to match the narrator to the tenor of the book. By all accounts, the author is absolutely delightful, cheerful, Google's court jester (not sarcastic in nature but positive, happy). The crime here is that the narrator is so terribly tedious and pedantic that it robs the book of it's joy, it's pleasure, and indeed, the thrust of it's highly compelling argument. Every word is ponderous: no syllable gets left behind. The correct narrator would have conveyed buoyancy, genuine enthusiasm, and warmth. This makes you want to cry because the material is so incredibly profound and groundbreaking, but the author's passion and warmth is never genuinely heard. The effort to pronounce every syllable and make sure the diction is perfect is diametrically opposed to the sense of the author. The work that Google has done in mindfulness has the potential to meaningfully bolster the lives of corporate leaders and employees, to reintroduce pleasure and emotional intelligence in the workplace. That is never felt in this: it's all about words and letters.Audible really should reconsider redoing this.
When I was trying to keep myself from throwing my phone out the car window in frustration at the narrator. Eventually (early in chapter 3), I decided that it was so counter to the soul of the book and it's author, that I just couldn't listen any more, fantastic content notwithstanding. I bought the hard copy and enjoyed it immensely, even following the work of the author.
Yes. If I were in a coma and need to either wake up or pass on. Listening to this would absolutely cause one or the other.
I LIKE the book, the message. It's very relevant, timely, and research-based. The book is filled with redeeming qualities. The narration has none.
Audible, please consider having this re-read. It's very important material. It needs someone who can carry the author's voice.
If it were not sold as an audiobook. The author has some valuable suggestions for capturing people's attention. But, it is not suitable for an audio book. Unless, you're taking notes while you listen. But, if that were the case, you'd probably rather go ahead and get a written version. There's too much ground covered, it's too "point 1", "point 2", "point 3", for a very long list of points. Eventually, the suggestions she makes seem to merge into each other. I DID get ideas that will be helpful. But, this was not the best way to get them.
She reads fine. The problem is not the quality of reading.
no, I would not listen to this again. It is very troubling subject matter.I generally enjoy Sandford's stories, although they do walk the edge of my tolerance.This story, however, has children being routinely abused.I'm not sure I see the societal value in stories like this. on the other side, the author never portrays the bad actors as being good. Evil is always evil. you never feel sympathy for the bad actors.And, in fairness, the story is well written and the narrator does a fine job.
as is typical with other books in the series, this one has an engaging plot. It holds your attention from beginning to end.
I didn't have any favorite scenes. I did however, enjoy the authors ability to portray areasand people in the rural communities.
before purchasing be aware that the book subject matter features: routine child sexual abuse. Generally, the author is not very graphic with it. But in places it is.
An engaging story.
Yes. It was reasonably intelligent and didn't waste time.
Guidall is a genius at narration. He captures the intent of the author flawlessly.
Do Mitch Rapp stories move ANYONE? I'm not reading this to be moved. I just don't want to be disappointed by a crummy story. I wasn't.
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