If you're saving a credit, really looking forward
to a great listen....well, me too. Then I tried for nearly an hour to listen to this dreadful narration, but had to hang it up. What may be great material is lost in this ridiculous, totally distracting, whining reading. What a bummer.
I've been an Audible member since 2007 and this is the first book I simply could not finish. Let me clarify: I tried listening to this book 3 times since I bought it this morning and I could not get through the first hour. I know this narrator and thought I could count on his performance. His narration is not good at all; it's as if he has one note that he sings faster or slower, louder or softer, but consistently without feeling. I like a subtle, understated performance as much as the next reader, but this is just dull. As for the content, the characters are hard to believe and difficult to feel anything for, positive or negative. The plot, at least the first 50 minutes, is just a puzzle to me. It's as if I'm waiting for something important to be revealed, but not interested enough to care.
Maybe there's a reason Audible is showing only 2 reviews and charging $1.99 for this book. Maybe I was just due to run into a book I disliked enough to toss. I purchased this audiobook along with the Kindle edition for the Whispersync experience and don't want either of them taking up space in my libraries.
Perhaps it was the improbable storyline, or maybe my inability to connect with any of the characters besides that effin Flowers (I looked forward to his calls to Davenport), but my mind wandered a lot throughout this listen.
Conger's narration was great, as usual, but even he sounded bored in a couple places.
I think I'll keep my expectations in check awaiting Lucas and Virgil's next big adventure.
This book is one of those you quickly forget. Well-narrated, but the storytelling was just thin in many places. And I really don't like the obvious setting-you-up-for-the sequel in the epilogue--a really good book leaves a reader eager to read the author's next work because of the connection made with the characters, not because of an author's tossed-in device suggesting the story may not be completely told.
This isn't an author who left me wanting to read more.
Weiner is an experienced narrator who rarely misses a step.
There were just enough characters in this book to give you some to like and some to dislike.
I liked how the past of some of the characters was exposed a bit early in the story to give me something to guess about.
I've listened to a lot of Richard Ferrone's books and he always brings his unique best to a book. I love Lucas Davenport and simply cannot imagine another narrator for this character.
Fortunately I was either driving or waiting most of the day and yes, I listened to the great ending as I was headed to bed.
This Lucas Davenport book takes me back to Sandford's earliest work, which I feel was most entertaining. This is a great summer read.
I read all of Baldacci's books and always enjoy Ron McLarty's narration (Orlagh-not so much). As a long time Audible listener, I rarely listen to a sample; I read the book's reviews and decide on that. Going forward, however, I will listen to samples before purchasing because the sound effects in this book were too distracting to finish. A couple times I paused the book, pulled out my earbud and looked around, thinking the noise was something going on around me. I will borrow my friend's hard copy to finish the story; and I won't listen to another Audible book with sound effects.
I would have preferred McLarty narrating the entire book.
No, only the second time in many years I didn't finish an Audible book. Not the story and not Ron McClarty's narration, but the the distracting sound effects.
Haven't missed one Flynn and certainly wouldn't miss any read by the great George Guidall.
Perhaps I was inattentative, but knowing Mitch Rapp and all the other characters, I was unaware this book was retrospective, which made following Rapp's trust issues confusing. But I liked the plot and thought it made for some great 'bad guys'.
I enjoy any character in the Rapp series, but particularly like George reading as the gruff Stan.
This is another Flynn book worth a listen.
Vince Flynn continues to entertain with his series, and I will never tire of hearing George Guidall narrations.
This book is mediocre--the plot, the writing, the characters. Some PR firm, however, obviously has done a fantastic job!
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