A well constructed story with a totally believable plot and well developed characters.
Mostly because of the reader it reminds me a lot of my personal favourite JLC book, Absolute Friends. The plot is of course different, but the quality of the writing and the reading is almost as good.
I dont think his books translate well to film, they are much better as TV series - for example the Smiley series, probably the best TV series I have ever seen.
There is a real benefit to having an author read his own work; the intonation, vocabulary and the "sense" of the story is far better than any other approach. Le Carre is truly blessed as an excellent writer with a superb reading voice and style.
A different plot, a different reader and some new ideas
Spend less time rehashing prior story lines and relationships. We now the characters, we understand the history, why spend half the book restating the same old stuff over and over
Monotone, uninterested, flat, boring reading.
All of them
This author needs to find a new character and a new storyline - this is definitely my last Scarpetta book, I hope it is her last one too.
Yes, because the story is very rich, and, I would like to go back to the New Testament (and Old) to check some of the amazing facts, thoughts and concepts
Unlike any other, except perhaps segments of the Bible
No, too deep to listen to at one sitting.
Definitely worth a second or third read.
I keep trying Mr Archer, everyone says he is a good author, so somewhere, someday, there must be a good book. But, not today and definitely not this book! The prior books were poor and predictable; this one is rubbish. The plot is, charitably, stupid, inconsistent and totally unbelievable. The reader is good, but it would take a miraculous performance to turn this drivel into anything approaching an average story.
Totally predictable and yet completely unbelievable.
Not a single redeeming feature. Probably the worst audio book I have ever heard.
I assume there are more episodes to this painful series - don't buy this, or them!
I have read several books by Sandra Brown, mostly quite good. This one has a poor storyline with gratuitous sex thrown in, presumably to bolster the poor story since the sexual scenes are completely inappropriate. Tried several times to restart and give it another chance, but frankly, its a very boring book, made even worse by a very boring reader.
It was boring with a boring reader
It could have been done by someone with a sense of timing and intonation.
It sent us to sleep without difficulty
Not sure if I want to risk another book by this author, but I am certain that this reader will be boycotted from now on.
I would only recommend this if they were a JA Fan. For anyone else, no, it has few redeeming factors as a novel.
The only interesting factor is that without knowing the Author in advance, it is clearly Mr Archer. Every one of his books consists of some contrived connection that is about as likely as snow on the Sun.
Least interesting? Most of the book!
I listened right to the end; will not buy the next volume, I could almost write it myself since it follows the usual JA formula.
Ranks quite high. Excellent story with lots of depth and character and location development. Gives a good verbal picture of the time and place and has links to past (and future) stories.
Matthew - well developed character with a predictable reaction to all that happens. The character transcends each story which makes listening comfortable.
The nymphomaniacal young lady, name escapes me at moment, with whom Matthew spent an exhausting evening!
Love to see more of these stories, they are quite unique
A good story, well written, but read without any sense of intonation or interest or anything. I will not listen to this again; but I would read it.
Just about anyone; my cat is unemployed at the moment.
Mr Sheffield is a very good SF writer with a solid scientific background. The reader is so bad that it reduces the story to a bunch of unrelated words. This one will be returned to Audible before I get to part 2.
Yes, it is worth listening to a couple of times since the story is quite dense, and, the accented narration is so poor that it needs to be listened to a couple of times just to get the story despite the accents.
The accents! So badly done and so unnecessary. The story is very strong, very well put together, it just does not need to be "acted". I know that I would prefer a straight narration from John Lee
It has lots of tie in's to historical facts; addresses the James Angleton's role in the whole Philby affair; put McLean, Burgess and Blunt into an interesting perspective and is generally a great (probably fictitious) backgrounder to the Cambridge 4 (5 or 6).
Mr. Littell's stories are very well researched and written. This one is no exception and deserves a listen despite the narration.
Yes, the story has many threads and plot lines, so given my poor attention span, it deserves a couple of listens to get every nuance straight
Hard to compare. It is a kind of social history story with a believable cast of modern day characters with modern day problems. I do not want to denigrate either story, bIts a bit like the Archers on steroids,
The social worker who came down from London on a promise. Seems like a genuinely decent person having a series of bad breaks.
This is not a pleasant story, the good guys end up really badly, but that is life. Strong language and uncomfortable situations, but there is no gratuitous violence, sex or language, people really do speak and act like this.
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