I kept trying to get into the characters and their worlds, but had some dissonance with the beginning. Things started picking up and making more sense in the middle, and the last 10 chapters had me riveted. I just downloaded the 2nd book and am looking forward to learning more about the fate of the beings in the spiral arm.
Gripping, complex, Unique
My favorite scene was when all the Chinese citizens march on their capital cities and the top ranking politicians realize they cannot deal with two fronts.
China has just declared war on the United States
Yes. Jay Snyder did an excellent job with all the myriad characters and accents. I would not get that in a printed version.
It was hard to turn off - the action never stopped and I was riveted to the story the whole time.
It was not time well spent. I had to listen to the entire first segment for it to even become interesting.
The most interesting aspect was what was the real reason for the plane crash; who did and why. The least interesting was Sydney's antagonists.
NO! It was one dimensional and uninspiring. Very wooden delivery.
Not really - well, maybe made for TV movie.
Baldacci has never disappointed until now. Granted, this was a a very outdated book. Technology described was state of the art in its day, but quite anachronistic today.
Yes, I would recommend. It is full of drama and thorough character study and keeps you engaged through out.
Mitch is constantly under seige - both domestically and by foreign countries. When things look darkest, he prevails. But this is not just a story about Mitch - it is also about Irene Kennedy - and their partnership is a study in contrasts. Mitch could not be Mitch without Irene.
I am a big admirer of George Guidall's reading. His characterizations are nuanced and distinct. He does not make the mistake of over modulating or using falsetto for his characters, nor does his accents over the top. He is one of my favorites.
I am a huge fan of Baldacci, but this novel was not up to his usually excellent works.
I have to agree with the other reviewers. I knew who did it within 1 hour, the characters were flat, and the narrator was uni-dimensional and unimpressive. The production quality was poor and you could tell when they spliced in a correction.
P.S. I listen often in bed and it definitely helped me fall asleep quickly.
This had to be one of the most plodding and simplistic books I've listened to in quite some time. As another poster asked, "And I paid for this?" nails my feelings on the head. I was listening to it the other day and realized I had fallen asleep!
I felt the characterizations were one-dimensional and poorly developed. The author telegraphed every thing that occurred in book and just fell flat. I will not be ordering any more in the series.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It made you think about what a family knows and the secrets they keep, and how to keep your own.
I liked the tension between Avery/Carole and Tate. It kept the story interesting.
I liked Dick Hill's narration for the most part, but I prefer his work on Harry Bosch novels. This novel would have been more engaging with a good female reader.
I am a huge fan of the Prey Novels, but Ferrone's monotone and one-dimensional narration ruined it for me. He has absolutely no idea how to perform a female character and the "Fairy" characterization was whiny and irritating - he had no idea how to sound like a Valley Girl. It was so off-putting, that my spouse will not listen to it. If I could ask for a refund, I would.
It's a shame, because the story itself was engaging. Buy the paperback book, don't listen to it.
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