This was supposed to be historical fiction. There is so little history in it that I don't think it qualifies. And, silly me, I didn't know this wasn't the last book in the chronicles - and what a stupid place to end the book - cheap - unreasonable - I have no idea if I will continue with this series. I like HISTORICAL fiction - the only little tidbits I got didn't come close to satisfying that genre. Boo Jeffrey Archer. The only reason I gave it three stars is that for much of the book it would have been a fine vacation read.
Oh, and one other annoying thing. Usually when a part of a book has a label on it, like a character name, the story is told from that character's point of view. In this book, sometimes, even in the midst of one character's story, the narrative jumps to something about another person that the main character in that part couldn't possibly know about - totally disjointed.
I repeat - boo Jeffrey Archer!
Didn't like the reader at all. Story was a bit pointless. Did enjoy the format where things aren't told chronologically. It's a very effective technique. But overall I wouldn't recommend the book.
This is a fascinating story. That being said, it was very hard to understand. I loved getting a glimpse into the authors experiences and understandings of North Korea and his afterward was very important to my understanding. Still, most of this I didn't enjoy very much.
Can't listen to anymore of this. It's a romance novel disguised as historical fiction. Not my cup of tea. Hoping to return this.
So depressing. One occurrence after another of missteps. Didn't feel good at the end. It was okay but not something I would recommend.
Love her books. This is my third and can't wait to get more. Was so surprised at this one from the start. Didn't disappoint. Tell your friends.
A wonderful and engaging story that seems to be about real people. Ice read two of her three books and can't wait for the third.
I'm thinking this was not a good book for an audio version. I found the philosophy arguments interesting but I felt like they were repeated over and over. I cannot recommend this and wish I had just returned it. The ideas in the book are good - but not the format.
I am a huge Belinda Alexandra fan. I can hardly believe she wrote this. It was predictable and transparent from the start. I didn't care for the reader at all. I don't want to be overly critical - after all, it is simply my opinion. But I will never get another book narrated by her again. So very disappointed.
The bottom line is that I was worn out by this book. There were some compelling parts, but the level of detail about some parts of the story was interminable. My son said the ending was worth it all. The ending - the last 30-40 minutes - was very compelling, and there were other sections that I was really involved in, but most of it was just drudgery for me. I also didn't care for the reader. Some readers are able to bring characters to life with different voices. With Boris he did a great job. Most of the women sounded the same. I was often confused with the men, as well. Not sure I can recommend this book. I'm pretty conflicted.
This was a fabulous listen and I am even considering getting the book to re-read. I would have been highlighting lines left and right.
The only thing I didn't like was some of the production. Caroline Lee was her usual wonderful self, but there were these long pauses between chapters and sections that were very annoying. Even still I might even listen to this again - marvelous!
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