Absolutely loved this book. It has everything; great characters, wonderfully descriptive writing, and an interesting and unpredictable plot. It was a fascinating glimpse into the Afghan culture and the narrator was excellent. Hated for it to end.
this book is just ok. the actual plot line is interesting and could have been gripping, if not for the relentless use of cliches; too much aimless banter between the President and his doctor; and the sudden rush to tie up lose ends in the last few moments of the book. as it is, the solving of the mystery is predictable with the characters rarely allowed to venture beyond the sterotypical outlines imposed by the author. the president's character comes off looking like a thoughtless idiot and few of his actions or conversatons ring true. a potentially wonderful character is killed off before any of her potential can be developed, i think is book is sort of a chick-lit book, except for men.
the audio reader used a totally unrealistic southern accent for all the President's bits which was off putting to someone from the south.
Dick Ezell's read on Radio Reader was much better.
Very long, but worth it. Fascinating to learn about the life behind the famous theory. The author does a great job of explaining the science to those of us who are challenged in that subject. Obviously well researched and well organized.
Exile is two books in one and that's the problem...the two are not well blended into what could be a gripping novel. Part murder/romance and part lecture on the history of Arab-Israeli conflicts, it's often preachy. The history part is sledge-hammered into the story line obliterating many opportunities for suspense and sympathetic character development. Even in bedroom scenes the "lessons" of mideast conflict are lectured through the characters. I expected a popquiz at the end. Not worth the time to listen to such a long book with so little payoff.
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