While I was reading this book I was aware of and glad of being smart enough to figure out what was going on...that is to say, it took some thought and close reading. I can imagine people just putting this down and not picking it up again. I stuck it out to the end and was not entirely satisfied because in some ways the end did not justify the means. I think the ideas could have been presented in a more lucid fashion and that would have given the reader more opportunity to think about them whereas in this book it was even less than implied until the end and then one was left to infer rather than know. I know this is a vapid sounding review but I assure you, it fits the book. That being said, I will probably listen to it again sometime just to make sure it said what I think it said.....ye gads..I'll just stop talking!
Why read a mystery again when you already know who done it? Because from start to finish it was just so entertaining, interesting, scary, fun, and full of life. I'll probably read it again sometime just to have the pleasure of it and I rarely reread anything. I could mention details from the book trying to entice you but wouldn't you rather have it all new and fresh? OK. Well written, well researched, in many ways informative, and a nice, tidy and somewhat sweet ending.
Twenty five hours is along time to spend on any book and only worth it if the story is engaging and interesting..this is. But one has to enjoy well realized and carefully thought out and thoroughly researched books. The scene where the men are running to get out of the slave mines before the great door shuts them in forever is one of the most harrowing I have ever read....and I have read a lot. This is a great commuting book.
There is no real depth to this story, no great ideas to live by, really nothing of socially redeeming value but was it ever fun. Just sit back, put your feet up and go along for the ride.
The only people who will enjoy this book are those with the patience and forbearance to listen to the nearly incomprehensible dialect the narrator chose to use. Think bad Scottish accent with a mouth full of marbles while chewing dry crackers. I have tried three times to listen to this and turn it off after I realize I still can not understand what is being said. Perhaps it is a good book but unless I read a hard copy I will never know. It seems to me that someone should have listened to the reader before they put this book on-line. Unfortunately, I had the book for quite a while before I started to read it so I can't return it. That, by the way, is 15$ gone forever because of the garbled reading. I expect more from Audible. I almost feel that this book constitutes a breach of contract.
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