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Of the recent Follet audible releases I have listened to (Eye of the Needle, Triple, Lie down with Lions) this is by far the best.
This one ranks right up there with my top three Follet Favorites (Pillars, World, and Hornet Flight).
This genre piece centered around Victorian English life-style in the late 1800's, captures the true pomp and circumstance of the English Monarchy culture of the time to a perfectly ridiculous level of absurdity.
The character development is excellent and in the end - just like Pillars - when asked to explain what the story was about or why it was good, you'll just have to say... "Just listen... I promise it's good, because if I explain it too much, it won't sound as interesting as it really is!"
This book starts off painfully slow. There seems to be nothing eventful or entertaining for the first 4 to 6 hours; BUT, hang in there.
This book reminds me of a Ken Follett novel in a lot of ways - which is a good thing as I am a big fan of Follet. There is good character development and if you keep in mind that Archer intends to make this a five book series, I think you'll find it acceptable he takes so long to develop the characters - of course if long and involved is not your style, you'll probably want to skip this one.
Overall, I am getting the feeling this may end up being one of my favorite series of novels. I have listened to Archer novels before and have liked them all so far.
With respect to narration, I'm not a big fan of multiple readers, and if I judge the end product, I don't think Emelia Fox added any value to the production by reading the lead female character; however, she was not a distraction. They both delivered a fine performance - Roger Allam is especially good.
I highly recommended this one, it has the potential to be a great series of books!!
Survival Love Story
Unbroken, another good Story of Survival during WWII, this one by Laura Hillenbrand
A nice flavor of the main character's Australian heritage.
Nick of course.... A truly unique character, a man's man and a ladies man - one for the ages!
I listened to this book due to the good reviews, and I'll add my good review to the list. I actually thought this was based on a true story, but came to find out it is a fictitious account based on true History. It is a bit unbelievable to some extent (oddly enough it would only be believable if in fact it WAS based on actual accounts - the only reason for 4-stars versus 5-stars), but still a terrific story and great performance by the reader/narrator - Highly recommended and I will listen to the next book in the story.
Yes, anyone who enjoys this genre will immediately move this series toward the top of their list of favorites.
The ending... put together quite nicely with the right amount of conclusion versus the feeling of being
An epic clash of Evil dictator King versus the last Dragon Rider
After laying a total rotten egg with book 3, Brisinger, Paolini gets back on track with a terrific conclusion to his Eragon series. Highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy this genre. I am looking forward to Paolini's next endeavor.
As with other reviewers, I was AMAZED at the amount of detail and research that went into this novel.
The story follows all of the relevant characters in MLK's life through the months and weeks leading up to his assassination, and collide at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, and continues through the manhunt and capture of the assassin, James Earl Ray. It is probably one of the most detailed accounts of an historical event that I have ever read or heard.
Likewise, it is eye-opening to realize there is so much to this story that is not available in mainstream literature and/or teachings surrounding this event. The only criticism I can offer is that occasionally, the author gives us a little too much detail, describing what was in someones pockets at a given point in time, e.g., toothpaste. It's irrelevant to the story or the history. It's my guess that the author was simply showing off the level of detailed research.
Another interesting gem in this story is to see JESSE JACKSON exposed for the shallow, self-centered lying weasel that he is; I can’t believe people actually follow this guy based on his history and his beliefs in his one great cause – “himself”.
Anyway, I highly recommend you add this to your "MUST LISTEN" list!!
I have so many comments on this book; I must resort to bullet points
~The Chopin Manuscript was good
~Alfred Molina is a good narrator
~Some of the authors go over the top trying to make their splash, and in this case it ruined the story
1. Jeffery Deaver: Great job establishing a solid foundation to a potentially good book
2. Gayle Lynds: Starts twisting the story, in the wrong direction
3. David Huson: Continues to twist, again in the wrong direction
4. Jim Fusilli: Tries to put the story on track, does a good job
5. John Gilstrap: Builds on what Fusilli wrote, nicely
6. Joseph Finder: Good writing, adds intrigue and action. I'm starting to get excited about it now!
7. Lisa Scottoline: TERRIBLE! She basically ruins the entire effort! I am glad I had a chance to see how bad an author she is before ever purchasing any of her work.
0-Stars, actually negative!
8. David Corbett: Tries to recover, does a good job
9. Linda Barnes: Continues on Corbett's save and does so nicely
10. Jenny Siler: I like what she did, builds on recovery and adds intrigue
11. David Liss: Continues with story line and does a good job
12. P.J. Parrish: Good intrigue and action
13. Brett Battles: Starts unfolding, tying a few things together
14. Lee Child: Gets the story rolling to its climax
15. Jon Land: Drops the ball with ridiculous twists
16. James Phelan: Fumbles Land's fumble
17. Jeffery Deaver: What can he do but end it? He does, but he can't save it.
Overall I can't recommend it.
Lisa Scottoline should have been kicked out of the process after reading her disaster.
I am not sure if I would listen to a third effort. I would probably wait to see if the reviews were good prior to purchase.
I'm a big JLB fan and this book may be the best in the entire series!
I REALLY hope all of the other earlier books are put into Unabridged audio format.
Will Patton is easily one of the top ten readers in the business and does a great job as well.
I want more!!
I'm a big Vince Flynn fan and this is easily one of his best books!!
He weaves a great story around great dialogue, great characters and great character development - and a lot of suspense.
I think this was also one of the narrator's (George Guidall) best performances as well.
This is a CAN'T MISS Listen!!!
I was almost afraid of listening to this book.
I didn't want to be disappointed after listening to "Shadow Divers", which is another Chatterton, Kohler story, which is one of my all time favorite audiobooks.
I was pleasantly surprised. The book intertwines the story of the Titanic from plans to sinking along with the current day story of diving to explore its mysteries.
The reader is the only detraction in this audiobook. He reads it like a "B" Actor in a bad movie (and a poor B-actor at that). This wasn't enough; however, to downgrade the rating.
A definitive recommendation!
I guess I'm just not into serial killer stories and the cliche's around examining their personalities and behavior patterns.
If you are into that subject, you will enjoy this more than I did.
Connelly manages to spin a well developed story. However, this is the first time I have seen Connelly spin Bosch as a total idiot with respect to who he is tracking for the crime.
Only Connelly's exceptional writing skills can save this one from a total panning.
This one is typical Connelly fare, which means it's a good book.
A conclusion and finale was a little unerwhelming, so I hold it to 4 stars instead of 5.
Dick Hill does a very good job as narrator (as usual)
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