This book is one of the most annoying books I've attempted to listen to in the past ten years. Supposedly we have a situation that involves the Russian mafia, the CIA, a former CIA agent, jewel dealers and a question about whether a missing man is a good man or a world-class jewel thief, and yet the male (former CIA agent?) and female protagonist (jewelry designer) act like horney tweeners....every other thought/sentence/line is about sex and their hormones raging for each other. It seems the author couldn't decide whether she wanted to write a bodice-ripper or an international jewel-theft thriller. It is just too ridiculous to continue!
Even though this was written or published later, if you want to read the Jack Ryan books in order you need to read this after The Patriot Games and before The Cardinal. It takes place WAY BEFORE what happens in many of the other books. I'm going back and reading them in order, and am bummed it's not listed in chronological order.
I'm really sad that we won't be reading any more Tom Clancy novels. R.I.P. Mr. Clancy.
If you like things like Mr. Bean or Johnny English (I don't) you'll likely like this. Had to stop after 20 minutes because, to me, silly (unless you happen to be 3 years old) is not the same thing as funny. Many people wrote great comments, so I'm happy they have been able to enjoy it....to me it was just a great waste of time.
I never would have read this book had Audible not offered a sale on many of the first books in various series. Thanks Audible!! This book was a fun read and I really enjoyed the protagonist, Robin--especially his background and how he was able to change his life from the utter depravity of his youth. However, I only gave it 4 stars because it seems utterly improbable that a man (spy) who managed to reach the top of the spy chain in America would be so slow as to find the bad egg in their midst at the same time the whole nation/world did. Had he spent half the time doing research that Robin's teammate did in forty-five minutes he would have found the bad guy...and then that would have ended the story. I hope in the second book in the series the head of the CIA is just a little smarter! Nevertheless, I'm glad I read it.
Absolutely, I highly recommend this book, as well as the other two in the series, BUT the narrator is just AWFUL (as many have stated) BUT I urge you to grit your teeth and after about 1-2 hours the story will have you so involved that you don't care about the awful narration!! The book will give you goose bumps, especially as the trilogy unfolds and you begin to realize just who the real-life people are about whom the author is writing.
There are just too many to name.
The man who narrates this book is probably the worst narrator I've ever listened in over 600 audiobooks. It is like he is reading a catalog--completely monotone....but he does get better in the second book and almost normal in the last book. HOWEVER, as bad as the narrator is....the story line is so important that you just HAVE to listen to the rest of the story so just suck it up and grit your teeth. I promise you that even listening to the first book I immediately ordered the other two books (even though I had about eight other books I'd already ordered and downloaded) and listened to them one after the other....staying up way into the night to listen and turning the book on every morning as soon as I could! (At the end of the first book the narrator states that he narrates the book "through a special arrangement with the author," which likely explains why he narrated the other two books, even with the huge number of complaints about his delivery.)
It made me laugh, cry, angry, and think a LOT about the situation in our country today.
The extremely poor narration is a given....just accept that it will be awful and listen to the book, or read it....whichever way you prefer....but READ/LISTEN TO IT!!
Because I was able to purchase the book for $4.95 it wasn't a total waste as I was able to listen to a new author and narrator. It could have been the beginning of a series that I might have enjoyed, BUT I continually became distracted until the last third of the book. It is a book I will NEVER listen to again.
Never heard of him before. He was okay, but I doubt I'll ever pick one of his books again.
He was okay but I will not search out books narrated by him.
Can't imagine it.
If you love to read and the books are still on sell then go for it, otherwise there are many more books that might be more worthy of your time.
The story was so wonderful but it was told in such a choppy manner that Iconstantly had to backtrack. It was extremely annoying BUT Instill believe it's a book everyone ought to hear!
The new prospective on what it was like in WWII Germany and that one individual can change thecourse of someone's life forever.
No....he was fine....it was not his delivery as much as the disjointed and the way it was told by the grim reaper. I personally think the story would have been much more powerful had it been told in a less disjointed manner.
This is a book that I would have liked to listen to again but, sadly, it would be too annoying!
This is, in many ways, difficult to listen to....it is hard to realize that people actually went through all this hardship. This is based upon the life of Mary Wilder of Virginia. The story is told from Ms. Wilder's viewpoint of her hardships during her journey into captivity and back to her family. In order to survive she had to leave her baby who was born on the harrowing journey as a slave/captive, with a woman who loved her, and her older son, who was adopted by the Indian chief (her younger son died early on). I could barely stand to turn the book off to sleep. I understand why she left her children but I doubt I would have made that same choice. She knew that in order to survive she would likely almost be starving by the time she got back to her people, over a thousand miles of traveling by foot, and that her children had a better chance of survival if they stayed. I cannot even imagine how hard that must have been for her to do....she even wrote later that she had to harden her heart in order to leave them behind.
It never ceases to amaze me how resilient people are and how they can overcome some of the most excruciatingly difficult challenges. If you like historical novels based on read events you will...enjoy is not the right word...but you will be glad you listened.
This was an amazing story...but it was difficult for me to keep track of who was talking and the year. Even though the date is told at the beginning I often wondered if it was 1913, 1940s of this decade. Ms. Morton wrote a fantastic tale but it was done, in my humble opinion, in an odd, convoluted manner.
I am glad that I listened to it, but it is not something I'll listen to again...it was too frustrating.
It is difficult to hear parts of this because, even though it's fiction, you know that people actually had to live through this. The story is about a curmudgeon of an old White man disinheriting his entire family and leaving 90% of everything he had (worth over $20 million) to his Black housekeeper. That may sound like it would be boring but the story holds your attention completely. The narrator is simply amazing; his voice is spellbinding. I was never in doubt as to who was speaking because every voice was distinct.
If you read A Time to Kill, this takes place three years after Jake won the acquittal of his Black client.
Worth every dime and every minute of your listening time.
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