I'm completely stumped as to how this book received any good reviews. The story is filled with 2 dimensional, stereotype laden, wholly unlikable characters. I kept listening, hoping at least one of the subjects would redeem themselves in some way by the end of the book, and act to some degree like a real person would, but it was not to be. The entire first hour plus is one huge, rambling, nonsensical run on sentence read at a breakneck pace that the narrator must have suffered exhaustion from after reading. This book was a waste of a great many hours, and I will not be reading any more of Mr. Franzen's works based on this experience.
I have read previous Stephen White books and enjoyed them, this one has no similarities. Dick Hill--never. He sounds like Walter Cronkite and has the most awful Chicago accent for Sam (or I believe that is what he is trying to convey). Painful.
No, just from Stephen White.
A younger more interesting voice.
Unfortunately this often happens in long running series--the author stops writing stories and becomes completely engrossed in "character development". Nothing but unrealistic drama and ridiculous scenarios. How about a doctor whose last name is doctor? Yes, Dr. Doctor. Come on....
Yes I would, it's not a great book, but it is interesting and entertaining. Emilio and Martin share rich stories of childhood and growth, and I have a greater appreciation for them as people than I did before.
I wanted to compare it to Rob Lowe's autobiography, but it's not quite as personal or gripping as his.
The story started out very promising, but then went south quickly with characters taking on more or less Super Hero powers. I can buy into using advanced science to justify certain stretches of reality, but this went way beyond the believable, and made the story seem rather ridiculous. If you like science fiction/fantasy, this is a good story, but if you're looking for an intelligent mystery, this is not it.
Not the genre it's listed in, but I feel it has been misrepresented and should be in the Science Fiction category.
Overall good reading.
As with all Stephanie Plum novels, you know what you're going to get. Wacky characters, harebrained schemes, outlandish outcomes, but all in all extremely entertaining and with an actual story line that, surprisingly, holds together despite the mayhem.
Maybe not this particular book. The story just never really caught fire with me.
I've read all of the Harry Bosch novels and enjoy them very much. The character is likable and the stories believable. This one, however, just didn't make a whole lot of sense to me as far as being able to piece together the details of a crime that happened 20 years prior. The evidence was just a little too conveniently available, and the conspiracy a little too far fetched to hold together. But as always, a solid book with many redeeming moments.
This was an engaging read, with likable and interesting characters. The beginning and middle of the book kept you reading and guessing all the way, but as the reveal began to take shape I was a bit disappointed, a little too out there and not quite in context with the timbre of the rest of the story. Overall entertaining though, the narrator was a bit wooden but I've heard worse.
Probably not, just because this was your typical "espionage" story--the setup, and then everyone killing everyone else while being on the run. There were some interesting issues raised, such as the role of the government and the web, but the narrator was so flat and expressionless that it was hard to really get excited about the story.
It was very bland and depressing to me.
Yes, I would try again. He seems like a good writer, maybe he has other works that are not such a downer.
This story had all the data and information there, but it was told as if it was written and being read for a school oral report. I think a lot of the drama that occurred during the experience is lost in the telling.
A nice story, interesting to see how the character and his wife develop and evolve, both individually and as a couple, through his trek. Moves rather slowly though, so it takes patience to see it through.
The beginning as he embarks (unwittingly) on his journey.
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