Loved the premise but fell flat. So diluted with science and bureaucracy there were moments I thought a government paycheck was due me. Maybe I was auditing genetics post grad; ie, felt like work at times. Then comes along The pharmaceutical company, or was it government owned...OMG! Less would have been much more. But the author was wed to his image of the Neanderthal families fighting for change throughout the ages in a consistently hyper intolerant world. I don't want to give away more. To end the book, my way, principals would have been heading to San Francisco to tour with U2, chilling with Chomsky, or making their Iphone translation app. Oprah for sure. While Darwin's Radio plays some wicked genetics tunes, society regressed to the middle ages, or maybe we never left...OMG, I got it.
It's hard to write a review for this book simply because of the strange background sounds. It's almost like faint off key notes are behind every word spoken. I've purchased about 40 books from audible to this point and this is the first with this problem. I downloaded to several different machines with no luck. Maybe if you are in a noisy room or car it will not matter as much, otherwise it requires concentration to block out. I hope Audible uploads the master copy to replace the current.
George Guidall guides the tour, while the author makes sure we get more than the gentile tourist package. I loved the real sense of space and how it is shared, or not. The patchwork of cultures and religions and fervor makes for a more dynamic viewpoint than one can normally encounter. There were many surprises and much to learn from this book. This captured some of the unique driving energy. The plot is just the vehicle that transports us, but an exciting ride for sure. No book has ever given me such itchy feet for Israel.
She takes sometimes difficult subject matter blended with complicated characters and pulls the reader deep into their internal lives. The prose is good enough I'll probably buy the book for reference. About mid way through I had my doubts it could all be pulled together, but like a true craftsperson the pieces came together organically in the end. For the reader an emotional roller coaster that doesn't disappoint (assuming one likes roller coasters because you must keep your eyes, or ears, open on this one).
I could listen to George Guidall read instruction manuals. He's one of the best.
For anyone out there that buys based on the number rating I give the following observation. The closer an author comes to lasting literature the stronger the opinions become across the board, ending in average to below average ratings. I suggest always ignore the score and purchase from the reviews.
I'm a fan, have all his audiobooks, but was very disappointed in this effort. Taken as part of this awesome series this book seems like a rough draft put to print. The main characters don't jive with the other books. The plot was weak. This is a formula format that we as readers expect the author to follow to some respect. There were times I thought a different author was writing this addition it was so off. American Assassin was so good and this is as bad as that was good.
Don't let your editors direct the creative process. If you are burnt out of this series then stop and do something else and then come back to it. I'll have a hard time buying another after this effort.
George Guidall is probably the best in the business. He can turn a mediocre story into a good listen. The only reason I finished this book is due to Mr. Guidall.
If you haven't listened to any other of the series and you liked this then they only get better.
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