Compared to the first book in the series, it felt like the author was reaching with this one. There seemed to be a lot of exposition that was not introduced very seamlessly - a lot about winemaking that felt like the author was saying "look what I found out about winemaking as I reseached this book!"
There was important detail necessary to the story; it just could have been more artfully introduced.
The denoument seemed sort of flat.
I listened to the first book and this, the second. I may give the third a try.
I thought it was ridiculous to give the characters outrageous French accents (to quote Monty Python) when, after all, they were all ostensibly speaking in French. In the first book, everyone had a regular (British) accent and Enzo had a Scottish accent. That seemed a much more appropriate approach.
It was actually a bit painful to listen to. Whoever was supervising the recording could have done a much better job.
This is book two in a multi-volume series.
The book gave a good, reasoned explanation for the gridlock in Washington. It did take a specific position towards the GOP, but it did not appear to be a polemic: the position taken truly seemed to be the result of research and not an emotional tirade.
While the explanation of the historical background and the description of the specific tolls used to create the current tension between Congress and the Presidency clarified a lot for me, I still wound up feeling a bit hopeless about the situation. My reason for saying so was that the authors' proposals for dealing with the situation while well presented and logically pleasing in many respects, would appear to me to have a snowball's chance in hell of ever being put in place - an admission the authors often made themselves.
I might - depending on the book. I noticed some mispronunciations of proper names and perhaps less-than-commonly-used words, but maybe that is the director or editor's problem more than Mr. Hughes.
It was a very thought provoking listen and inspired some interesting discussion around he house.
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