This seemed to be the best book beginning to end as far as plot, characters, and action. This is number 6, as far as books of Courtenay I have listened to and has a slight edge as my favorite. Kept wanting to get back in the car to continue the book, always a sign of a five star book. Highly recommend. This author and narrator match is probably the best I have listened to. Enjoy.
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.
The book kept me coming back for more. Characters were well done and excellent narration. A lot of scientific detail that made me zone out at times but did also get one into the action aspect of the book and certainly made it more realistic and hence more interesting. Would recommend this book but probably not for everyone.
Amazing biography and well researched. The down side in my mind was the book many times reads as though the narrator is reading an encyclopedia version of the main characters life. Don't know if it the writing style or the narrator's monotone voice. Also just a little too much details in the book that does not add to the story in my mind. The good side of the book is the amazing subject. I am usually not a fan of historical non-fiction but this story was worth it. This book is not for everyone but for many it will be well worth it. I would recommend people read a description of the book prior to buying this one. I try not to do that so I don't spoil the plot, in this case I wish I would have. If there is an abridged version in the future, that would probably be the better choice.
Wow. So glad I pulled the trigger on this book. Everything about this book was well done. Great plot, characters and pace. Could not wait to get back in the car each day. Can not wait to listen to more books from this author. This is well worth a credit.
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.
Seemed the book was more bent on describing a piece of history versus developing a plot and building characters. Narration was excellent and that saved the story for me. It wasn't a bad use of 6 hours of my life, but don't start listening to Eric Ambler books with this one.
If you have not tried Goddard, go for it. If you like his style this book will not disappoint. Few authors can pull off a style that always intrigues the listener and makes one get into the characters. Goddard is exceptional in this regard. All of his books are great buys. This one is no exception.
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