This was an incredible example of what goes through the mind of a captive. The detailed account of how Jessica worked so hard to stay mentally fit and present is revealing, enlightening and striking. Understanding what was happening on all sides of the kidnapping was interesting as well. Jessica and the other authors allow us to experience the ordeal with her, with the kidnappers and with her husband and family.
Unfortunately I can give the performance only 2 stars. Candace played Jessica's voice, and she did a great job with the emotion of the situation. However; her staccato, William Shatner "esk" style of speaking distracted me and I never quite got used to it. She had a tendency to turn One. Sentence. Into multiple. Sentences. Usually I can quickly get used to the new style of a performer, but I couldn't get past Candace's style with this book.
I don't know who the other narrator was, but I found his performance to sound too much like an anchorman on the evening news.
There were a couple of slow areas in the book, but for the most part, I wanted to continue to listen. The suspense of the negotiations and how it would all end built consistently throughout the book.
If you are considering this book to better understand an in depth account of how she was rescued, I would suggest you do not purchase it. However, if an account of how she was kidnapped, and the terrible conditions she suffered during those 93 days in Somalia interests you, I would recommend it highly. But due to the lacking performance of the narrators, I suggest you purchase this with a credit.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in black ops and good stories. The story line is very well put together, with great character development. The author has a great way of putting right in the action and cheering on some people while hating others. This is a great book and could be a blockbuster movie tomorrow.
***SPOILER*** As you are reading, you know that Raynor is going to come back to his senses and become the elite fighter he once was. But the story line was still unexpected and had me cheering Raynor on as he took everything to a new level.
No, I have not, but Ari did an excellent job of putting the listener in the moment.
This is not my favorite Grisham book, but it is still very good. I would rank this in the top 10 books that I've listened to.
Michael Beck is excellent at portraying different characters, but I found his narration to be slightly monotonous when he was not in character. He;s one of the best when it comes to playing different characters, however.
Definitely. This is a fairly lengthy book and I flew through it, listening whenever I had a spare moment.
Anybody in the legal profession will find that John Grisham does not shed a very favorable light on their line of work. However, he does a great job of creating compelling stories inside the legal framework that tug you in different, thought provoking directions.
Yes, this book is packed with so much interesting information I feel like I need to listen again and take notes.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about sports and elite athletes.
The narration was very appropriate and well done. However, I was a little distracted and turned off when the narrator tried to match the accents of the many individuals that were interviewed.
No, it was not. Sometimes I needed to stop listening to process the information that was being given. This isn't a Dan Brown or Vince Flynn page turner.
The unique insight into not only the assassination of President Lincoln but the civil war and all of the major players in the story was fascinating.
There was an abundance of background information on each of the characters and it brought the circumstances surrounding the assassination to life.
Passionate, Lively, Consistent
I'm a fan of Bill's but I found his reading to sound more like a reporter than I would have liked. I was hoping it would be a departure from the way he speaks on T.V. but it was exactly the same.
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