I thought the narration was fine. I enjoyed the story from the perspective that I learned about American history. However, writing is an art and John Jakes is not a gifted writer. I was hoping for a book of equivalent caliber to the Outlander Series - which is outstanding. I think I will keep looking, and not bother with the rest of this series. The author's writing is cliched and too colloquial, written 40 years ago , but not in a style appropriate to the period being depicted in the story. I am glad I gave it a go but will not continue.
In my opinion this book is only helpful to begin to hear the sounds of the language. As for learning.... I feel that without having a pdf doc to help visualize the spoken word, the learning you can gain from this book is very limited. I think it's best to buy a proper language guide with audio. This "easy" approach is ineffective. The book provided me with very limited insight and since I paid for this book, I felt my money was not well spent.
Better writing. Less predictability. Nothing. I just made a poor choice in this book. I do not recommend this book.
I was looking for a well written detective story. This was not it. The reviews I read appeared promising but, ultimately, misleading. The writing was clichèd and just plain painful to listen to.
I just couldn't finish listening to the book. The story was implausible, the narration was of stereotypical tough cop, boss b**ch, pure agony. A disappointing waste of time.
Though I found the narration grating, I think the narrator did a good job with poor material. I did not like voice but yet it was appropriate given the tone of the book. Can't blame the narrator(s).
This was a painful experience. If you're looking for a remotely intelligent detective story, skip this one.
Long ago I tried to read this book but just couldn't get into it. I think I found the pace a bit slow, initially, and just couldn't keep up my interest. However, having a book read to me while I busy myself doing something else around the house, means that I don't have to plow through the slow stuff on my own. The narration was absolutely stellar. I was continually impressed with the narrator's many voices in a complex story. And the story itself was intriguing, a bit "out there" and so well told. I also laughed out loud in a few places and revelled at the author's use of the english language in others.
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