Seemed to me that the author used timed travel to present her knowledge of the history of 18th century Scottish Highlands. The plot of the fictional characters through the historical descriptions were interesting but quite varied. At times mellow and slowly evolving, then at other times somewhat weird and gruesome. Hard to get a read on the overall theme of the author other than it seems she is bent on describing the historical period with accuracy. This seems to be the priority. That being the case, it was not a five star. Enough though to make me consider the next book. But if the fictional plot doesn't gain momentum on the next book then I will bail.
Don't start listening Ambler with this one. He will never be below 3 starts, he is just too good. But I do have to say his earlier works are much better.
I loved this book half way through. It was new, creative and with good narration. Then the second half of the book started to smell of book with no clear conclusion. I knew it was a series , but I got the feeling that this will be one of those series that have no conclusion. I hope this is not the case. I hope the third book to come out will end the series. Then it would be worth continuing. But I feel it won't. Good concept. Teenagers will probably enjoy a 15 book series like this. Adults though, probably not.
I knew the book was a cult classic. Started Cyber Punk SciFi. Did not know that the writing style is very abstract. You need to listen carefully. May be a better read. I listen in the car and at times got lost. Overall was able to keep the story line in place. Narration great. I will definitely go onto the next book.
Will need a mental break to recuperate from the mental focus that was needed for Neuromancer. An easy five star though.
Wow. If I had known that the end of the trilogy would basically be a diatribe by Follett on his political beliefs, I would not have started it. Of course too late now. I weathered the marathon. Seemed that each book got worse in the series and clearly book three was the worst. Too bad. Such potential but a total bust.
What a great writer. The characters are great, plot keeps you guessing and no slow points along the way. Of course have a great narrator doesn't hurt. This would be a 6 star if I could give it. Cant' wait for another book in this series.
I loved Deal Breaker so I went with book two in the series and was pleased but I start to sense a formula to Coben's writing. Also a little too much sarcasm. Maybe the novelty of the first book made it a five star. Still I like the way Coben creates a story and I will get more of his books. Just hoping the future books have more variety in plots and story structure.
This is not my favorite Murakami book but it held my interest and I could get into the main character. Enjoyed the narration fit the book well. Hard to give Murakami less than four stars.
Loved the story. Plot was solid and pace was great. The narrator, though, sounded like Clint Eastwood in a Dirty Harry role. Distracting at first then but seems not to be as bad toward the end of the book. Connelly has not disappointed me once. Great writing always wins out over marginal narration. Highly recommend.
I am a huge Murakami fan and have listened to most of his books. This one though fell flat. Maybe the poor narration was the reason but I think the actually story was also to blame. Even the characters were hard to get into. Not like Murakami's other books. This is the first Murakami book I would not recommend to other readers.
Hard to criticize anything about Ambler's writing. He can make a 6 hour book seem like 10 hours. Everything flows, the plot holds your interest and he has a great way to create characters that are interesting. Also great narration on this book. Recommend highly.
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