One of the best of our Audible diversions in the 600 mile trip across CA and UT deserts to the grandwonderkids. We were fascinated by the various authors' vocabulary, tone, and style changes and the unexpected twists in the plot. Kept us fixated and prompted us to discuss and forecast the ending in each chapter. Wrong guesses prevailed. So did screeches when our IPod juice ran out. Excellent writing by all; even took notes of strengths and contrasts in styles, itself worth price and the time. Incomprehensible skill of narration in voices and inflections.
I'm biased entering the download. Former missionary in a Muslim country. I get what few "get" in a PC environment about Islam's sense of world order. Also an author with a critical eye for others' works, the kind I wish I had for mine. Ten-hour trip to see the grandkids. We started the story and the trip. Both entwined, along with our personal history...and our fears about the little-known agenda of virtually all Muslim clerics. Potty breaks and meal stops shortened indicate how Rosenberg AND Lane captured us in the story.
OK, to substance. Mostly realistic dialog. Leaps necessary in the half-length version left moments of impractical tracking in realism in the CIA side of the story. Excellent, sometimes surprising, sub-plots with a nice weave together at the end. Knowledge of Koran, Islam, and the miopic focus of many of their followers is thoughtfully, accurately developed. All told, however, this listen would not have been the IPod page-turner without Lane's amazing crew of voices (surely those were not the inflections, tones, voices and genders of one man!). Josephson and Lane have us looking for the sequel in time for the trip home.
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