I listen to a lot of books. This one was OK, but a little too basic. If you want one that really makes you go, wow, well, it didn't for me. Certainly not bad, but I'm going for deeper, more intricate stuff like Neil Stephenson. I finished it, though, with no regrets! (I sometimes hesitate to criticize because it is so amazingly hard to write a novel).
Just not very good. Very little character development. The detail is very thin especially on the sea-faring stuff. Any aficionado (e.g. Aubrey-Maturin reader) will hold their nose at the ship-board stuff. The action is a bit unbelievable as well. How many people can you kill in complete and utter silence? Why is every guard either drunk or asleep? I'm not a Crichton reader, so I don't know if this is usual for him. I just like the genre, so I tried it. I didn't hate it, but I was not satisfied at all.
I had just finished listening to Treasure Island and liked it well enough to give this book a try. I tried to like it, but just couldn't get there. I finished it, but only barely. The narrator is not the best, certainly not compared to David Buck on Treasure Island. None of the characters were compelling or likable to me. I don't know this to be true, but I got the distinct impression that this was the author's first book. It may have been written with children in mind, like Treasure Island, but even so, it was not compelling. Maybe the comparison to a classic like Treasure Island is not perfectly fair, but it is inevitable if you set yourself up as a sequel. I've listened to lots of books from this site and only not finished one of them, but this was close to being the second. Again, I didn't hate it, just didn't like it enough to be happy about using my time and credits on it.
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