I thought this book was exactly the kind of book I would enjoy, but it was so badly written that I could barely get through it. I accidentally skipped a section and didn't even bother to go back - I was just happy that I was that much closer to the end. The storyline was ridiculous. It's not even about suspending belief at what a ridiculous idea this is - the storyline is just plain annoying and plays out in slow motion. I mean SLOW. You can see things coming a mile away but it takes FOREVER to get there.
It was a cast reading, and for the most part, the best part of the book by far. The female lead had a weird, tired and flat aspect to her voice, but it sort of fit the character.
Just relief when it was over. The main characters were ridiculous - especially the Frozen Man himself.
What had the potential of being an excellent read was instead a huge disappointment. I have never not finished a book, but this one came VERY close. Save your credit.
I love this kind of fiction - it is right up my alley. So I was doubly disappointed by this book by the time I got to the end. Which, after dragging on for HOURS, was ridiculously abrupt. I think if I had read it on paper, I could have skimmed a lot of it and might have enjoyed it more. Interesting concept, but OMG way too long on audio. And I like a long audio book. I was ready to pull my hair out if there was one more "Who Am I" or vampire-like person's name read. DO NOT BUY THIS ON AUDIO - go support your public library and give it a try in paper.
I am a huge fan of Dan Brown - a HUGE fan. So my disappointment with this book was equally huge. WHERE was his editor? He repeated himself a million times with pseudo-philosophical nonsense. Interesting premise, with tons of interesting factoids, but Langdon's knowledge of trivial facts has finally surpassed even his big head. As believable as Langdon was in the development in the story of The DaVinci Code, he was equally unbelievable here in his leaps of intuition and his esoteric knowledge in this book.
Thank god for the 2x setting on my iphone. Even with that, it took me months to get through this book, and by the end, it was painful. I listened to 4 or 5 other books during the same period, but felt like I had to keep coming back to finish this one. I love listening to audible books, and will listen to pretty much anything, but this was really terrible. If you must read it because you are a fan of the author, then READ it, don't listen. At least that way you can skim...
I love this author, and this is my favorite of all her books. The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. This story of Holmes, told from such a unique perspective, is amazing. I love Mary Russell, and enjoyed reading all the books about her and Holmes. But this remains my favorite.
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