I was surprised to hear a woman's voice announcing that "This has been a recording of..". At first I thought that my download was messed up and that it was truncated. I actually went back and re-listened to the last minute to see if I missed something. As it turns out, all I missed was that the book ended. The book felt more like a murder mystery detective type book as there was no big event at the climax typical of something in the Espionage genre. The last chapter was simply a recap of the bad guys plot to other characters in Mitch Rapp's corner. No big surprises or plot twists. No real Aha! moments. It simply ended mid conversation.
I really had to force myself to listen to the whole book. The Utopia Experiment is to Jon Smith as Moonraker was to James Bond. I really don't know where you can take this series after this book. Once this type of technology is unleashed on the world, you cannot really put it back in the box. At least in Moonraker, Bond could come back to earth and resume a 'typical Bond' life. The Technology in this book is one step away from Halo and really pushes the Jon Smith series into another genre.
Wow! What an incredible story. If you like WWII history, you will love this listen. It is truly amazing how many other WWII issues that Agent Zigzag touched. You won't believe that you have never heard of him in relation to all of the WWII history that you have already read about. This story and its narration keeps you interested from beginning to end.
From Patterson yes, BUT NOT from this series. Narrated by Milo Ventimiglia, definitely not.
Writing to a more mature audience. If this was written for a younger audience, I think Patterson underestimates young readers.
His narration was like a novice reader practicing punctuation inflections after just learning the difference between a period and an exclamation point. It was also frustrating listening to the unexpected pauses in the middle of sentences.
The characters weren't the problem. It was their dialogue. Golly gee shucks, it was like listening to Gomer Pyle talk.
I had listened to many James Patterson books and was excited to come across this series by Patterson. I have enjoyed many books that may be targeted to the younger audience, but I don’t think that anyone over the age of 10 would find this book worth more than 2 stars. I listened to the whole book in hopes that it would get better, but it never happened for me.The other problem was the narration by Milo Ventimiglia. His reading was probably one of worst narrations that I have ever heard. With unexpected stumbles and over exaggerated exclamation points, his reading sounds like that of a second grader. Listening to Milo during the dramatic or serious moments gave me the feeling of listening to a 9 yr old singing a love song.
The story line was good enough for 3 stars, but the narration was flat for 80% of the book. At times, I found that I really had to struggle to stay interested through the largely monotone narration (especially in the beginning).
I see this book as the means to an end. I have enjoyed traveling through every door that Roland has taken us through in the DT series. However, Song of Susanna was slow and lacking in the action of the first five books. It does more to tie up a lot of loose ends than it does to progress the storyline. All I can hope is that this book sets up book seven for the climax that DT loyalists deserve. This book is largely King?s palaver about his personal journey with the Dark Tower. I?m glad to be done with this one? bring on book 7!
I purchased this book for my kids to listen to during an upcoming trip. I thought that I would check it out before letting them listen just to make sure that is was age appropriate for my 6 & 9 year olds. What I found was that I was hooked and couldn?t stop listening. I can?t wait to order book 2.
Well written, great sense of humor and vivid imagination. I was afraid that this storyline would be too close to Harry Potter, but it is a fresh and new approach to a world in which magicians wield their powers.
We listened to these books on our way back from vacation. The hour long adventures seemed to fly by faster than the miles home. The stories spur on the imagination into a world where all of the fantasy creatures you have ever imagined come to life. This imaginary world overlaps the very real world of the non-traditional family of a Mother and her three children. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a classic tale where any child, or anyone who has been one, dreams of discovering a secret world that flies under the radar of the adults around them. The whole family is looking forward to the next set of books.
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