This was definitely an entertaining listen. It seems as though many of the reviewers have unrealistic expectations of this kind of book. It's not a "classic" people, it's just meant to be entertainment! Upon starting the book, the narrator was extremely slow, but that is easily fixed; most devices have the ability to change the speed of the playback and that's all it took to fix it. I found the narration of the book quite enjoyable. I questioned the cash handling in a casino setting. It was lax and I think it could have been tightened up a bit more in the writing of the book. I say this because I work in a Casino and the described cash drop security doesn't come close to what I have experienced. Thus the 4 rating instead of 5. Some books are better reads than listens, but I think this would not have been as enjoyable had I read it instead of listening to it. Really, it's just entertaining; easy to listen to and not hard work to follow the plot.
I looked forward to this book but wonder now if I would have been better off without reading it. I've read all the books in this series and generally liked them a lot. This book was a bad end to a pretty good series. I thought it overwrought - too much angst, and moral rationalization. There was too much thinking on Alan's part, at least to put it all on paper and have a reader follow it and not get tired of it. I usually enjoy Dick Hill as a narrator but in this case his narration was tainted by a badly done story. Aside from the ridiculous 'plot twists', a great deal of it was just a rehash of the last book. I listened to the book instead of reading it so I was not able to skim over the parts that I found overly analytic and annoying without the possibility of missing some detail that would mean something later. All in all I was glad when it ended and with the last couple of books I'm glad to see the end of this series.
This was such a terrific story with the historical backdrop of female pilots in WW II in England. I'm generally not a huge fan of WW II stories but the balance between the setting and the friendship of these 2 women was so well done that it just flowed very nicely. The narrators both did a tremendous job of making the difference between the background of the characters stand out while making the actual friendship so believable. This book kept me thinking about it long after I finished it (very unusual). Now I've been looking for other works by this author. Well done!
I was first introduced to this book in print form. It's not ordinarily a book I would have chosen but it was given to me. One day I just picked it up and shortly I found myself totally involved. As others have said, you felt as though you were saying goodbye to old friends at the end.
I wasn't sure about listening to the book since I couldn't imagine it would be as good as reading it. But since I'd liked it so well, I listened to the sample to make sure I would like the narrator. Shortly after starting to listen, I felt like I was going somewhere I'd been before and had a great time! If possible it was better the second time since the narration brought life to the story. It was fuller, richer, more alive with narration than I could have ever made it in my mind (and I have a pretty good imagination)! A more perfect narrator for this book could not have been chosen.
Overall, just a terrific book, superbly narrated!
This is not a bad book, but the narrator is really having an issue with his female characterization. Maybe it's just that there are a lot of female characters in the story, but I swear if I hear his whiny, 'swishy', ridiculous intonation much longer, I might have to stop listening altogether. This book might just make me go back to Lucas Davenport in print!
As others have noted, this might be a good read but the narrator makes it tedious to listen to. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and hope the story line makes up for the narrator. My own fault really for not listening to the entire sample.
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