This doesn't really reach the standard of an episode of 24 (which is good for a 40 minute program). It was easy to see the plot transitions coming. The dialog between the characters was so noticeably cliche that I felt a little embarrassed somehow. Frankly, the narration made it worse; I really want to like McLarty, but I am having a difficult time being impressed by him. I cannot recommend this novel (or series as the rumor suggests).
Perhaps it is a bit of irony that I listen to this through an iPhone. I have never been an Apple fan boy, so this book just didn't have an appeal for me. I "like" an iPhone, but that is about the extent of my Apple exposure. Well, he passed away and made quite a media blitz. I put thoughts of this book in the back of my head. Read a review and thought, I should listen to it, bought it, but didn't. Then, nothing sounded like "my next book"...so I started this one...WOW! I was pulled into the story of Steve Jobs life in the first few minutes!! The man was crass, course, a manipulator, and I probably wouldn't like him, but I sure like his story and I respect him for what he accomplished. Am I reviewing Steve Jobs the person? No, I guess not, but this book has sucked me in and spit me out wanting more...much more! Truly fascinating. This book reveals a true juxtaposition of nature, nurture and perhaps fluke opportunity...he was the perfect person to do what he did at the perfect time in history. The author did a tremendous job of conveying the story and peripheral details. This is truly a must read.
I loved the first two novels in the series, but this one doesn't quite live up to my expectations, although it was good. The performance is fantastic as usual, but the story of all the actions on Path left me wondering why so much dialog was necessary...it bored me and was overly wordy. Also, the method of solving the "problems" left me feeling cheated and the resulting appearance out of the void reinforces this feeling. Still, there is a solid continuum of story line that leads into the next novels that leaves me looking forward and not back.
As usual, Scott Brick does a wonderful job narrating, so I won't go into detail here; his rendition of John Corey doesn't disappoint fans of the previous books. I was drawn in right from the beginning, but I was a little put off by the beginning; I have a hard time believing that all these important people would buy into Wild Fire and Project Green (reminds me a little of how an early Jack Reacher novel might unfold), but once past that the story is fun, fast moving and super entertaining. Nelson DeMille clearly did a lot of research before writing this novel which adds to the enjoyment. Of all the John Corey books, this is my least favorite which should say a lot about how much I like the rest of them! This is a worthy listen and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Buy it!
Nelson DeMille never set out to write a series of books, but whether it was demand for more John Corey or the love of the character, he obviously did. His passion for this story and characters is obvious...a very exciting book with a very satisfying trek through his imagination. Grabbed by the shirt and pulled into the story from the first minutes, the listener is never given a break to pause and come back; I didn't want to stop listening for even a minute. I loved this book!
I read this book shortly after it was published and thoroughly loved it. When I found it on Audible I added it to my wish list, but took awhile to get around to it, being a little funny about most modern science fiction audiobooks. Well, what a surprise! The story is of course original, exciting and pretty much all ways exceptional. The audiobook rendition is extraordinary! Kudos to the narrators on this one. It rivals the likes of Dune (another literary and audio favorite of mine) which is saying a lot! I just listened too it for a second time and am now onto the Speaker for the Dead where I am already not to be disappointed.
This audiobook will appeal to the SciFi nut and the run of the mill general fiction fan, it has the qualities and entertainment to suite many! Don't hesitate to buy this book [I would personally guarantee, but I can't buy the book from you ;-)]!.
Perhaps I should give the print version a chance to see if the story seems better to me, but I didn't find the story anywhere near the quality of ANY of the previous Dark Tower books. I wonder if this was written due to popular demand rather than some inspiration from Stephen King. While the idea of the author narrating his own book is nice [i.e. The Kite Runner!], in this case, the narration is sort of jagged and mostly quite monotone; I had a difficult time following who was "speaking" at any point in time.
Sorry...I was not able to finish the book after about 1/2 way through.
John Corey's snarky character is fun and Scott Brick embodies the role perfectly! Scott Brick is one of my favorite living narrators (Frank Muller is up there on the other list) and with perhaps my favorite DeMille novel yet, this listen is unbeatable! I highly recommend this book.
One thing that seems common with all of the recent Jack Reacher novels is that they take place in rural areas where "anything" goes. He comes in, derives the truth, starts a bunch of confrontations resulting in all the bad guys trying to kill him and he kills all the bad guys in the end. This book is no different. It wasn't as exhilarating as his earlier novels and feels more like a "contract" written novel than anything. Lee Child is no Vince Flynn! The book was enjoyable, but I found myself day dreaming a little during several parts of it which is a sign of "plot filler" for me. I look forward to a future book where Lee really puts his heart and mind into it.
Vince Flynn takes you back to the beginning of Mitch's career and it is a real smack ... he lets the reader have it with all his creative power! The plot is actually very simple, but the interaction of the characters and the reality of how they interact really makes the book. Vince Flynn is my favorite author in this genre bar none at the moment. I am really looking forward to his next book; even if he creates a new character and/or series.
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