I thoroughly enjoyed this epic story. I did not want to say goodbye to these characters. Thank goodness there is a sequel (Tandia). I am downloading it right now!
What a disappointment! Gabaldon could have done so much with this book given the tine period, but the story has no substance. Nothing of import happens except an incident at the end which is an obvious setup for the next book in the series. Don't waste your money. Check it out at your local library if you want to read it!
I loved this book! This is my first Bryce Courtenay book and I am looking forward to listening to others. The story is multifaceted and the characters are outstanding. The narration is excellent. I was not bored by the first part as many other reviewers were.
In fact, I listened to it twice.
I loved the characters and found the story exciting. Parts of the dialogue are hilarious. The narrator does an excellent job.
I am surprised by the polarization of the reviews. If you are unsure because of the negative reviews, it might be better to check it out at your local library as others obviously had a very different experience than I did.
Compared to Stone's first 2 novels, this one is a dud. The plot was weak and I found it very confusing. The most entertaining (in my opinion) support characters from the first 2 books are absent. Porter Naumann only appears once and has no impact on the story. Brancati does not appear at all. The reader, Jason Culp, does not measure up to Firdous Bamji or Erik Davies. If Stone writes a fourth Micah Dalton novel, I hope it is better than this one!
This is a good book but could have been GREAT if it were not caught up in minutiae. One never wants a good book to end but the unabridged version of this book was excruciating to get through. The first part is enjoyable and informative but once the narrative gets to the point of Bush's first election, it is mired in too much detail. On the positive side, it paints an illuminating picture of Powell's experiences in government service and how his personality and background shaped his vision and actions. For those wanting the gist of the story, I suggest the abridged version, although I have not listened to it and generally loathe abridgements.
This book is the one to listen to if you are looking for a laugh. The story is imaginative, the situations are unique and the characters are a hoot. Truly a riotous, uproarious gem of a read!
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