I am so tired of glorification of criminals. This is a boring story about boring criminals. Not much information or mystery or story and character development.
This is a book of stereotypes and boring shallow characters. I will finish it just to see if there was any point or moral in the book, but I already regret I wasted several hours listening to this book. Boring, shallow, full of stereotypes, far from real life, not creative, bad book.
I listened for a couple of hours and was so bored and depressed by the story. The story line did not develop at all in these several hours that I forced myself to listen. The African girl was depicted like a prehistoric humanoid who has never heard of civilization. Knowing a few people from Africa (countries less developed than Nigeria where the little Bee is from), I can testify that they are not as naive and clueless as the novel describes them. There are too many stereotypes in this book.
I finally gave up and moved to the next book in my list.
I could not relate to the problems of the main character. The story was depressing, boring and without any depth. The narration was just horrible: wrong accents and a voice sounding very old, while the story was told by a young woman. Just totally generationally wrong way to speak. I like Coelho, but did not enjoy this production and this story.
Very boring story, and the narration is horrible. Tried to listen to it several times, and never finished. Finally decided - why even bother.
I did not care much for multiple actor narration - it was a bad acting, and it was distracting. The story is good, especially in the beginning - it becomes too predictable by the end. I did not think it was as good as other Ken Follett's book I read.
Unfortunately, I did not read the book, but I can imagine that it could be entertaining. However, the horrible performance completely ruined this book for me. The characters sound grotesque and ridiculous where they did not have to and should not. Bad choice of narrator.
I was disgusted most of the time listening to this story, yet it was so engaging and such a good testimony to the Madoff's family values. Son reporting his father's crime to the authorities and cutting off all the ties with his mother when she is in distress... Is not family all about unconditional love and support, no matter how bad the crime is or how devastating the impact? The attempt to convince the readers/listeners that the sons had no idea is laughable. Of course they knew, or suspected but chose not to admit to themselves. Being a part of the family and the business for 20+ years and not suspecting that numbers don't add up - impossible. The complains about the hardship of the life afterwards are ridiculous - how many Americans can pay several thousands to be able to run the marathon? Or hire a team of lawyers? Nothing in this story made me sympathetic, but it was very interesting to hear another side of the story, from a family member.
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