An intricate story told in foreshadow and flashback, advancing the narrative ever so slightly over so very long in clock time of listening. The three stars is because of the abuse of my patience. The story is very good, the reader is amazingly flexible - all those different characters. I can't believe such an imaginative and capable author could not have crafted a more tolerable and less tedious length.
A cautionary tale about allowing foreign nations to finance western government deficit spending. Oh, and there's a brief history of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr woven as background. There isn't enough story to call it a novel. The narration sounded as if English was not native to the performer. The rhythm is choppy and the melody of sentences is wrong. The words were pronounced correctly, but the overall effect was unpleasant. If this had been the first audio book I had listened to, it would have been my last.
The characters are silhouettes cavorting against a dim background and storyline. The action bursts (unbelievably) rather than builds. The ending is miraculous and mercifully short.
The narrator delivers each syllable as if he were narrating a film noir.
The title says it all for me - I never will waste my time with author or narrator again.
The premise is fascinating, the characters are fairly well drawn, the plot moves along quickly. Best of all, the story has an ending. The puzzle has a reasonable solution and the emotional conflict is somewhat resolved. It's all good. If only the editors would remove the umpteenth recap, the book could be a third shorter and nearly perfect.
Our hero's ability to divine criminal intent from scanty circumstance is just too jarring. Time after time, you will find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. So, the intrigue becomes tedious; the action becomes mime. Let this one pass.
The young, inexperienced sidekick of the oh-so-noble, heroic-yet-vulnerable investigator tells the story so that you feel like you are sitting in a beachside cafe listening to this engaging young man. The characters are distinctly drawn within the narrative and by an outstanding reading performance. The action is clear. Identifying the villain is not easy. This was a very entertaining summer read.
The people, side situations, and landscapes described are like visiting your great aunt in her small village. You are never touched by the environs, but are content to watch for hours.
If you are looking for excitement, keep looking. But, if you are looking for soporific narration and a straightforward plot that tolerates lengthy naps, you have it.
The moves from 3 rd person narration to first person narration were jarring...but I persevered. The circumstances surrounding, the facts of, and the procedures following the finding of the bodies were just dull. Nothing to inspire either the reader or the listener. I returned it after struggling through 16 chapters.
Very happy we took the time to listen to this one. Excellent vehicle for a truly memorable performance.
There are only so many books a person has time for and so many that are better than this one. It isn't awful, it just isn't worth the time. The composition leans more heavily toward screenplay than most and the reader does not make much distinction between characters. If the sound of the reader turning the pages bothers you, skip this one.
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