Rockhampton, Australia | Member Since 2011
I think it is fair to say that Tom Clancy's tales would not be for everyone! For starters, there's the sheer volume of listening that's required! And then the stories themselves are woven together with many threads. This particular story seems so completely improbable that it is a tribute both to Tom's lively imagination and the Narrator, Michael Pritchard's delivery, that the end result is a story which seems completely plausible!
I'm sure others would disagree on that point but I found the descriptions of the various phases of the book quite believable. Tom's writing style has always appealed to me. His account of the battle phases carry comprehensive details of the weaponry used & it's effects. It could all be made up or it could be meticulously researched but the end result is beyond question!
If you drive a lot, like I do, or you simply have the time necessary for such a story, then I would recommend it!
Humphrey Bowers delivery of this story was brilliant!
Any story which goes for 27 hours needs to be seriously engaging and this one is!
I was just starting to wonder about the title when the explanation was revealed.
Bowers' delivery of the Japanese inflection was totally believable.
It was indeed a story which contained laugh out loud moments matched with moments of great tragedy.
I have not tried Bryce Courtenay previously but have since listened to the iconic Power of One in which Humphrey Bowers delivers another first class narration.
It is a long listen but a really rewarding one.
This is right up there with Witness. I loved how the improbable relationship seemed to take an age to develop. I was able to listen to this Book over long journeys which seemed to be over just minutes after I had set out!
I thoroughly recommend this Book! It was beautifully narrated and had me seriously considering taking up Yoga!
I found this Book quite interesting and I have already finished Book 2 , The Hollow, and I'm well into the final Book, The Pagan Stone.
I found the throw back, at the start of the Book, to olden times a little confusing but that may have something to do with the fact that I listen whilst I'm driving.
The one comment that I do have to make, is that the 3 Books are narrated by 3 different people.
I believe this to be a mistake. After listening to the first Narrator's interpretation of the characters, I then had an adjustment period at the start of Book 2 while I came to grips with a female Narrator.
Book 3 returns to a male Narrator and a different set of interpretations again.
Whilst I did "acclimatise" to the 3 Narrators, I think the series would have been better with a single person doing all 3.
I have also purchased Nora Roberts', The Blue Dahlia. This is also a Trilogy but with the same Narrator.
Anyway, the story is interesting & the tension builds slowly. I am particularly impressed with the style that Nora Roberts employs in the building of the Characters'' relationships with each other. I have found this to be consistent in all of her books that I have now listened to.
The Trilogy is well worth a listen!
Not much I can say that hasn't already been said!
I didn't know the story behind this book although I had obviously heard of it. Humphrey Bowers reading & portrayal of the Characters is exceptional.
As a Boarding School boy, I could relate to this story so easily!
The fact that the story can be uproariously funny at times and so very sad at others, made it that much more enjoyable.
I loved The Persimmon Tree and the reading of it and I can't recommend the Power of One too highly for anyone who has not read a Bryce Courtenay book.
I can't imagine why I have never been drawn to his writing before but I will be exploring others now. A great story & a first class reading of it!
I don't know why I even bother to post reviews of Mr Kent's Books about Richard Bolitho!
I invariably rave about them & the first class narration of Michael Jayston!
All I can say is, if you are interested in the sea warfare of this era, then you will be enthralled by this series.
I have become quite a fan of Vince Flynn's hero Mitch Rapp. Similarly, I concur with the reviewer who sang the praises of the Narrator, George Guidall. His delivery seems perfectly suited to the characters and is so good that one hesitates to try a book without him as narrator!
I liked the twist in this book and the build up & construction of the storyline.
Altogether, a good plot, well told!
I can usually tell now when I am going to really get immersed in an Audiobook. My attention seldom waivers and I become engrossed.
This did NOT happen for me with Guilty Wives. It may have had something to do with the fact that I viewed the four Wives as superficial & lacking substance.
The circumstances of their arrest and the plot generally did not generate the level of intrigue that I would have expected. I have enjoyed a number of Patterson's books but this wasn't one of them! The performance was okay but the South African accent portrayal was rather fragile.
I probably started to feel uneasy about this tale right from the start.
I found the jumps forward in time gave the start a somewhat disjointed feel.
The story didn't seem to flow for me and although it did become more interesting as it went on, the ending was highly predictable.
Altogether, I found this a let down after the cracking tale that was The Witness.
I am starting Whiskey Beach now, so that may help balance out these two very different experiences with Nora Roberts'work. I was quite happy with the narrator however!
More of the Bolitho puzzle has been solved in this book!
How Belinda came to be with Richard, how their child was born.
Importantly, how Adam became a Bolitho and how John Allday was wounded!
All these eventualities continue to add substance to the legend of Richard Bolitho.
The Epilogue provides the news of his Knighthood. A small detail but one which had me wondering just how that came about.
There is no doubt in my mind now that this series is better for the recent releases that cover the gaps in his time at sea.
I have unabashed praise for Michael Jayston's narration & would heartily recommend him to any listeners who are looking to find a really first class exponent of their trade.
I will be moving on to another of the "Fill In"books in a few days after a long road trip next week with Vince Flynn!
I had never experienced any of Nora Roberts'' work previously but I have to say that I absolutely loved this book!
The concept of the Designer Child, the structured upbringing and the incredible naivete that exposure to real life brought were, I thought, handled beautifully.
The literal way in which Elizabeth interpreted cliches & phrases made for some genuinely funny moments.
Her quest for anonymity & privacy are subjected to the almost glacial advances of the local Police Chief.
I found the descriptions of the interactions between them quite fascinating & at times, very poignant.
There was actually nothing about this book that I didn't like.
The inevitable confrontation was also a surprise and I won't spoil it by going any further!
Listen to this book, it is excellent!!
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