An ending. It honestly sounded as though Mr. Berenson got tired of writing, so he just stopped.
The ending. I've read every thing this author has written and I was eagerly looking forward to getting this audio book - it was on my pre-order list until it became available. However, I have to return it - I was just too disappointed.
As far as I'm concerned Mr. Guidal could read the phone book and make it sound fascinating - he's always great and he did not disappoint, unlike the author.
Yes, the most redeeming quality was the selection of the narrator. I wish Mr. Guidal could narrate all of my selections! The plot was involved, as are all of the author's novels. However, he failed to actually complete the story.
If, and only if, Mr. Berenson is planning to write an immediate sequel to this book, then as an author, he needs to rethink what he's doing. If a second book is forthcoming, why wasn't that stated?
It's right up at the top and my Audible library has over 200 books in it!
Most definitely. The book is read in just over 14 hours and I listened until it reached the end, in just two days. From the very beginning the pace was incredibly fast, the plot was nervously compelling and Mr. McLarty delivered, with, to borrow a couple of words from the author, "spot on" narration.
Without giving away the ending, the final few chapters made me weep. While I can't describe that experience as a "favorite", my response simply indicates how powerfully written and read this book is.
I would have loved to but my husband had to have dinner (LOL). That and a few other things prevented me from doing so, but I did finish it in just two days!
It is definitely one of my all time favorite books. I now have 20 books by David Baldacci in my Audible library and I have several hundred books in my home library - all of that is to say I am an avid reader and this book really stands out. Mr. Baldacci has outdone himself as has Mr. McLarty! If you enjoy fast paced, believable story lines and truly entertaining novels, do yourself a favor and add this to your library.
No, the intrigue for the first several hours was quite good, but the author kept repeating the plot twists - so much so I was unable to keep track of what was really going on. In this case, less would definitely have been more.
This was the first but I'm willing to give his writing another try. However, if the same sort of thing reoccurs, then I'll be done.
He's able to do quite believable voices. I will definitely find more books that he's narrated. Nice flavor and the changes seem effortless.
For the first several hours, then I wanted to just move forward to get it over with.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who enjoy reading about history in a way that makes it come alive. The author is one of my favorites and the narrator did a splendid job with this immense tome. While there are several story lines, they are flawlessly interwoven.
I can't say there were just memorable moments - the entire book is memorable - however, the scenes of home life, which included descriptions of the interiors of places where people lived, were amazingly clear; the scene of the church roof collapsing was another part that was so well written I felt as though I was there.
Yes - he has always performed beautifully.
Because life was exceptionally hard during the 12th century, Ken Follett made me care about his characters, so when they were starving or when someone died after childbirth, or when people had to sleep on the floor, as a matter of course, I was miserable right along with them. A mark of a gifted author is to create a place and characters that become real. That happened in this book - and it happened often!
Do you head and heart a favor - get this book and treasure it. I have the book, the story on CD (before Audible existed) and now it's in my Audible library.
A story that didn't have curse words in 99% of the sentences. I curse - sometimes it's even fun, so no one reading my comments should think I'm some prude. However, this book surpassed fun cursing or mean cursing - I have to wonder if the author could have written the story with less of it. Did he think the incredible amount of swearing really enhanced the novel? I sure didn't think so.
Less swearing and perhaps not such a convoluted story line.
The narrator may have nailed the way people in Rhode (Rogue) Island speak, but it was over the top.
When I was able to follow the story line (which wasn't always) I enjoyed the plot, but as I said, the story was somewhat convoluted, which made keeping track of who was doing what somewhat challenging.
The author should try again. Next time, use curse words sparingly and see what happens.
From the publisher's summary I WANTED to read this book, especially since I grew up in Chicago. Very unfortunately the narrator was really the worst I have ever heard (and my collection of audio books is in the hundreds), so, regardless of how good the story may have been, I wasn't able to enjoy it. After approximately an hour of ear assault I was forced to stop.
I would consider another book by this author ONLY IF THE NARRATOR WAS DIFFERENT.
His ability to do different voices was a joke. He REALLY messed up the main character - she is from the south and the narrator had trouble doing a woman, let alone one with a southern accent. It wasn't even funny - it was just BAD. Because there was a fair amount she had to "say", the narrator had to do her voice a lot and he simply couldn't. Someone should have stopped him.
I couldn't say because I was stuck - hearing the narrator was truly an audible assault.
Do not listen to anything narrated by Jeff Cummings.
The best part of my listening experience was hearing the narrator - his ability to switch voices was flawless.
I would have liked to have given the story 5 stars, BUT, there were too many plot twists - too many ups and downs. The story would have been great and would still have been compelling had there not been so many unexpected events.
Nope, after collecting a few hundred books from Audible, I haven't heard Mr. Allam before I heard him read A Prisoner at Birth. You can believe I will be looking for him when I do my next search for a good book!
Not just a moment, but throughout the entire book, I was moved by the strength and depth of the love shared between Beth and Danny.
I am looking forward to more books by this author and read by the same narrator.
Not sure - don't have the print version, but I thoroughly enjoyed Eric Conger's narration.
The author wove several stories together, causing more depth than if just one plot was in play. Because of this, all elements worked together to create a greater than usual thriller.
Yes, I've listened to several. He definitely has a gift.
I've got a few hundred audio books in my library and it is very rare that at any point I think, "I don't want this book to end." This was definitely one of those books!
Not sure what could make this story better except maybe cutting it in half. I really enjoy long stories and do not read books with simplistic plots. However, this book was beyond difficult to follow - too many characters and too many subplots. Nothing was as it seemed, so it felt as though it should have been in the fantasy category. Disappointing.
It was entirely too long becasue the author created too many characters and subplots.
There have been an occasion or two when I've selected a book because Scott has been the narrator! Scott could read a phone book and make it sound great. He always turns in a terrific performance.
Major disappointment. So much so that I'm returning this book. No sense in keeping it since I will NEVER listen to it again!
Unless your mind resides in the rabbit hole, don't bother with this tome.
The suspense, the characters, and plot twists and the ending.
Most of the time. Not knowing how a certain part would turn out or how the good guys were going to get out of a desperate situation, or wondering who was a sleeper bad guy and who wasn't.
I really enjoyed his delivery of the woman who is from Poland - hard to hear such a voice in one's head!
Not much in the way of humor. The characters, while rich in much of their development, didn't cause me to cry.
All said, it was terrific!
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