To be fair to this book, I had just finished Woud's "War and Remembrance" and so there are very few books that could even come close to the power. However, my opinion doesn't change when I think of it relative to some other fiction (historical fiction) I've read. It's an OK story. It's well told and it takes place (at least in part) in a part of the world (Bulgaria) with which I am less familiar. But it didn't really grip me. When it ended, I had to listen to the last two chapters again to be sure I hadn't spaced out and missed anything. It's the first Furst novel I've read and I'm not rushing to add others. I do like Guidall in general.
The story is beautiful - and tender. And wide-ranging. It deals with blindness (on multiple levels), World War II, a small girl blind whose mother died in childbirth and whose father teaches her to explore and see in a way few of us can, a small boy (an orphan) who is an electronics savant - their separate childhoods, adolescence, meeting - and so much more. The reader isn't bad, but his pronunciation of French words, cities, areas is bad and distracting if you speak fluent French . Overall he was good, I just wish someone had tutored him a bit or he had sought out someone to help him hear better the language.
Note to self - don't buy anything by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston or read by Scott Brick. The combination is lethal.
We've all read about the Kamikaze pilots to navy ships around Okinawa but not that many about the navy seamen experienced the horror. There's been a lot written about WWII in Europe and the horrors, but fewer about the war around Japan. W.E.B. Griffin does to some extent but his books focus on personalities and their lives. This book gets more into the nitty gritty and yet gives flesh to the characters. PT Deutermann is good - I've listened to others of his on Audible. This is the first truly historical fiction book of his I've seen. Dick Hill is good as aways. He's an artist in his readings. Do a web search on him - lots awards. The book is good, will hold your attention and feed historical gaps.
The narrator almost ruined the book for me but once I got to the second part, the story took over and I heard him much less and fully entered the reality of the novel. I hadn't read Connelly in awhile. This book (IMHO) is one of his best. it's very current - from racial tensions in urban American cities (I write this as Ferguson Missouri is still a tinderbox), to family dynamics, politics, police department dynamics. I can't say too much without disclosing the story line that deserves to unfold as Connelly intended, but I recommend this book. Just don't let the narrator's stentorian tones and "intensity" discourage you. Forge on - eventually you'll be able to ignore him. It's not a happy book but it's real and substantive..
Reacher as he always is, but with more dimension. He reaches out to a woman who has taken over a division where he used to be the commander. Their both in a "rouch position" but Reacher is so sure of his actions and of this woman's that they ally and escape and then investigate brilliantly what is gong on. Dick Hill is great as always and the book is just plain fun (the usual violence but somehow less dominant on the theme).
Book is great - Nathan is a similar character to John Welles in the Berenson books, or Lee Child's Jack Reacher - in addition he has a complex character that I rapidly grew to like in the script. Other characters are also given complexity. The story is suspenseful and plausible (most of it) I'm pleased to find this series as I've listened to others where I've exhausted the titles. Dick Hill is one of my most favorite narrators.
It's a very predictable story and yet it left me feeling happy at the end. Ambulance chasing law firm, well-trained attorney fleeing from the stress of 80 hour weeks at a large law firm, big corporation, but the well-trained attorney whose clearly smart and analytic and thoughtful learns a lot about liability law and starts a law suit with a toy company over lead paint - clear case, he wins, shows ethics, vision, and triumphs fully in the end in his own firm. Good book.
I thought of abandoning this book, but kept hoping that Greg Iles would do something to redeem this book. NOPE. It's unrelenting racist hatred, and violence, and greed. I didn't like the narrator either. Each sentence was given the same deadly serious weight. It's important to remember the nightmare that African Americans lived through particularly in the south. Also the horror of the period when JFK, MLK, and RFK were assassinated (they are referred to in the book as KKK). But there is nowhere for the listener's anger and horror to go - there are a few admirable characters but the narrator just doesn't give them the dignity - they come off kind of whiney. The book was painfully awful. I should have quit long before the almost 36 hours were over. I recommend you don't start.
Only problem is there are no more books for me to read - I've read them all. I saved this one until I got disgusted with W.E.B. Griffin (or exhausted the best of the series with Dick Hill). It's good. Took me about an hour to change pace. Berenson's character's have considerable depth and dimensions and the description of them can slow down how quickly the store takes hold of you - but once it gets going, it's gripping. This one is the most contemporary of the series and very current in it's plot lines. (While most of them take place in the Middle East, this one is focused on Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear bomb - on how a president would respond to provocation and so on). Worth reading and there is hope for more books since the lead character rediscovered his commitment to his job and his determination to remain involved (earlier books had ended with his questioning the personal costs to his ability to be a father or in a committed relationship with a woman.
Not as good as Griffin can be, but better than the Colonels that I really disliked. I won't buy another in the series, but if I hadn't read the Colonels, I might have.
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