The plot had good twists, the main characters had some wise develpment, and the story was just a pleasure.. We are not talking great novels, but a most pleasant way to distract yourself and get lost in a comfortable book. The narration was great and fit the characters very well. The laconic style of the narrator matched the pace of the book. Good job, that.
The first realizations that all is not what you thought and the different reality of the characters supplies just the right amount of frisson to make it fun and to entice you to want to get to know the characters.
Shake, of course. But he did well overall with the rest of the characters.
yes, the way that love or lust can change you from doing whats logical to the desire to follow your heart instead.
Just liked it. A rare mix of good narration, good characters, and a fun plot that comes together to make you want to relax and enjoy the storytelling. Its what I like about audiobooks when I want to enjoy having a great story read to me.
Im a huge fan of historical controversy and arguments, and am a Dan Brown fan. I also have a liking for Dante's Inferno. However, while it gets off to a traditional Dan Brown start, it begins to loose steam around the middle of the story with too much detail without meaningful contributions to the conclusion. So, for me it was a bit of a letdown, but I still did manage to enjoy it. If you are not familiar with Dante, it may be confusing and less meaningful, and the actual story plot could be more exciting. All that said, if you are into this kind of thing, its worth the listen. If you are not into the arcana of Dante and his medieval position, you may find it too much work to be meaningful. I hope Dan does better in his next novel.
I think picking a central work instead of Dante's inferno, which is very focused on 1400s personalities and ruling families may seem meaningless to todays readers. It is a grand satire, but if you dont know the players, it is hard to make sense of. Something more mainstream would help. The ending is also not very satisfying so that may make readers feel disappointed at having worked so hard to get there.
I liked the narration, and it was a general plus, so I would say he brought what could have been a more mundane tale to life.
I love historical mysteries, so would like a more, but not a dante follow up. He is to obscure and bound to his own historical period to make sense to a modern reader who is looking for an entertaining readl
The best comment I could make is having picked up a copy of the Dante trio of the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Heaven that I had not read since college and I did enjoy that. If you decide to go that road, pick up a copy that is well footnoted. Of course, Google is your friend in a book like this. I would also say this is a book best consumed in the winter months when you have time to devote to a book where you will be motivated to do alot of research to have it make sense to you.
I was pleasantly lead by the not so obvious red herrings in the story, and enjoyed how the real story emerged behind them. Its one of those books that will make you say, of course in hindsight its not so impossible to believe.
The realization of the sacrifice that rusty sabich was willing to make for his less than perfect spouse and how he used his moral scale to determine that. Well thought out.
I have, and I continue to enjoy the both.
Depends on the time of year. If your live in a northern clime, and its wintery and snowy, and you have a nice fire going, and your dog and wife (and perhaps children, though they arent quite as patient), you could make a very nice long evening out of this read. A little port or brandy and some appropriate snacks could make for a very nice home entertainment instead of TV.
This book is a great example of why audiobooks are fun.My wife and I like mysteries and cuddling, so if its the right time of year, its a very pleasing way to share time together, especially since we are amateur sleuths and can discuss the reasons for our conclusions long before the real ending is out there..
I think that once the overall plot became obvious it would have been great to have it twist 180 degrees to take the listener off balance. I did enjoy the story, but I would have to classify it as good end of summer junk reading--and there is nothing wrong with that. I just saw lots of opportunities to make it very edgy.
no, not at all, sometimes they work great, other times you get this kind of semi good story that makes you wish for some alfred hitchcock.
perfectly appropriate, I did not have any problem with the performance part of this audiobook.
The Andy character, while necessary for plot development, should either been given an interesting sinister role, or some other interesting development, but was just shelved once the convenience of her position entered the story.
Yes. Im hesitant to judge, as I have personal knowledge of how hard it is to produce a mass market book that appeals to a wide audience. Ill just judge my lower opinion of it due to my literary interests and would say that my younger sister would have really enjoyed it. Its a fine summer beach book if you want that kind of thing thing that doesnt require much contribution on your part.
Robert Whitfield does a good job of making Orens history into a listenable story. Lots of detail, however, so if you are not historically inclined and unwilling to spend the time to hear ALL of the story it may be too much for audio. I personally enjoyed it and also appreciated the lack of political slanting so it does not come across as biased.
A very clever and interesting premise that starts out with promise, but is slowly ruined by the horrid narration and inconsistent storytelling. The worst part is that the writer completely gives up at the ending and destroys all you have been hoping for by just driving it over a cliff. I was so sorry that it ruined what could have been at least a thoughtful story by just running out of gas. Save your credit for something better.
The author, Leonard Susskind, is one of the most articulate physicists in the world today. He takes the most complex issues and contemplations of the universe and its workings and makes them accessible to the average person. Ray Porter narrates it perfectly. Easily the best physics book I have ever come across, and it is worth multiple listens to 'grock' all the amazing thinking he explains. It is a beautiful piece of work.
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