A lot of complaints about this book are about the detail. Personally, I didn't find that at all disturbing. The protagonist is a fully developed character that the reader comes to know very well. I was surprised by the ending, and I wondered why I didn't suspect it. It did get a little longwinded for my taste at the end, but there were many loose ends to tie up, and even though not every storyline is resolved, I felt satisfied with the ending.
I have read/listened to everything Connelly has put out and this just isn't up to his standards. I'm not a tough critic, and I'm not expecting great "literature" but this book follows a similar pattern to the others in the Lincoln Lawyer series which would be be fine if done in an interesting way. This just didn't deliver for me. Peter Giles has read other books in the Lincoln Lawyer series, so I didn't have a problem with his narration. I am surprised by the volume of positive reviews...to each their own, I guess.
I'm still a Connelly fan, but I couldn't wait for this one to end.
I found the characters and the story very compelling. I could have lived without the explicit sexual violence, but if Follett's objective was to make me loathe the antagonist, it worked very well. I'm not sure Follett can top this book, but I am looking forward to sequel nonetheless.
This is my first time listening to a story using multiple readers and this isn't my usual genre, but I absolutely loved this story. I became very invested in the stories of these women and their struggles and triumphs. At times I would laugh out loud, at times I cried. In the end I was crying, but I wasn't sure if it was about the content or the loss of my new found "friends". A rare book that I didn't want to end.
I thought the concept was interesting and I have started reading more about TWA Flight 800, I thought the characters were amusing and sarcastic.
For me, it was just too straightforward. I didn't find anything that happened surprising or shocking, it was a very basic detective story and DeMille told you what you were looking for and how he was going to find it, it was just a matter of getting there.
I got the feeling that DeMille began this work without any idea of how he was going to end it, which is a shame. I suppose he felt that he couldn't "officially" contradict the governments findings regarding Flt 800 and he just used 9/11 as a device to suddenly end the story/investigation, as now the key evidence has been destroyed.
This story had me extremely intrigued, but in the end it turned out to be more of a twinkie than a satisfying meal.
I really liked Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, but this really was a weaker effort. I am not a person who normally sees who the "bad guy" is right away, but if it was obvious to me, than I would guess most people would see right through it.
I won't reiterate some of the technical flaws that have already been discussed in detail.
The only redeeming quality is Paul Michael, he brings the characters to life in a way that makes me care about what happens to them. Rare quality.
The outcome was a bit contrived and if you can suspend your disbelief, then you may actually enjoy it. I liked the twists and turns, but in the end I was like, "Get real".
I was interested in the characters, but Baldacci chose to keep them more 2 dimensional.
Scott Brick, in my opinion, is not a very strong narrarator, if you aren't giving it your full attention (i.e. driving) you may lose track of who is speaking because he doesn't have enough differentiation between characters.
At times a bit long-winded, but pretty well done. I really did enjoy Paul Michael's narration, all the characters are very distinct. I had never read/listened to any of Ludlum's work before but may read his other works.
This isn't high art, but I found it to be very entertaining.
I got this title because I was told by a family member that she had friends that liked it better than "The Da Vinci Code".
Well...with friends like that, who needs enemies.
This book was incredibly slow, and was more of a self-indulgent coming of age story than the thriller I anticipated. I have no interest in further exploring the "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili."
If operating under the premise that it is a coming of age story, you typically have to like the characters. Not only were most of the characters hard to like, they were fairly annoying.
In defense of the book, it may be a better read than an audio book. I thought the narration was below average. Many of the women characters sounded like 80s Valley Girls (OMG!) and not Ivy League women, and much of that had to do with his tone than the written dialogue. Many of the men's voices were laughable.
This book was very disappointing, and I wouldn't dream of suggesting a friend read it.
After reading some reviews, I was pretty surprised that a work of FICTION would upset people so much. If your faith is threatened by the book of one author, you shouldn't look at the author, you should look in the mirror.
I thought Brown presented some very interesting ideas, things that I researched more on my own after reading. That said, the book isn't a "timeless classic", and I didn't expect it to be. It is what I call "book candy" most authors that make the New York Times bestseller list write "book candy". It doesn't mean that you don't enjoy it, it just means the satisfaction doesn't last very long. Unlike most, Brown piqued my intellectual curiosity, and for that I applaud him. I see that others had a similar response.
I didn't have a problem with the narrarator, although the pilot was originally was done as a Brit with more of a Cockney accent and then he became French. Oops. The narration didn't keep from enjoying the work.
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