I've always enjoyed Cussler when I am in the mood for a quick and light adventure. Sacred Stone mixes two distinct plot lines that don't really complement each other in any real way and when taken individually are just a bit too quick and light. When one is resolved, resolution of the other seems an anti-climax. Further development of one or the other might have been a better endeavor. Nevertheless, this is a fun listen and I will continue to enjoy Cussler's books for what they are.
A complex and damaged woman plays the lead here instead of the usual cardboard alpha male of action-adventure. Stevens comes tantalizingly close to breaking out beyond the usual scope of that genre. Time and again she sets up the opportunity for an inner exploration of her interesting characters only to waive it off with references to their “inner demons” or something similar.
The few stumbles in this competently written work are covered by a truly expert narration (although I always smile when I hear a woman doing men’s voices). For fans of action-adventure, of which I am one, this is an entertaining but average listen.
Listeners who demand action, mystery, betrayal, murder and general escape from jeopardy will not enjoy this book. This is a sweet and gentle story of wounded people coming together to find fulfillment. Pilcher's strength has always been the depth of her characters which comes shining through here. While I don't think that this is her very best, this is nevertheless a fine listen for those who sometimes need a little of the softer side.
For those to whom writing and speaking English are important in their professional or personal lives this is a must. This work provides both entertainment and valuable insight into the most adaptable language in the world.
As far as I could tell, the book is an excellent work. While my American ear finds most British accents quite pleasing, Davidson's accent is so thick that I found it distracting and ended up missing quite a bit. In the end, I couldn't finish the listen. One of these days I will pick up the book at the library and am certain it will be a good read.
The writing is so well crafted that it is easy to forget that Suarez is an IT professional and not a novelist. His story is brilliant. It almost seems, however, that while the first half of the book was compellingly driven by the story, the second half was driven by the need to get it done. In this second half, while the writing remains competent, the story loses its edge. Nevertheless, it is a good listen and I would recommend it to friends except those who are completely non-geekly. As usual with products from audible.com, the production values of the recording are quite good.
While this is a reasonably good listen, it struck me again and again that Rushdie is simply trying too hard. One person's art may be another's pretention, but this struck me as the latter. The uneven production and narration didn't help.
A great listen with intricate political intrigue and more reversals of fortune than any modern day soap opera. It's strength is an accounting of the lives of the ordinary people of that era. Unlike the masterful Pillars of the Earth, however, I was glad when we were done.
This is a collection of snapshots, stories, reminisces and philosophy masterfully woven together in the bittersweet retelling of a life and the mourning of simpler times. It is written with good humor so dry that it may not be humor at all. I smiled though. Those demanding rollicking adventure will be disappointed. Those who savor true craftmanship in the creation of imagery and flawlessly coherent storytelling will find this to be a fine listen.
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