This is probably one of the nerdiest books I have ever read. But that is ok, because I am a nerd. To enjoy this book you should have played Dungeons and Dragons as a child and languished in the very special teenage limbo where you dreamt of good looking, cool girls who liked you for your brains and were into computers. And then you grew up to become a successful media or communications manager, web designer or SEO specialists. Sounds familiar? Then you will love this book. Else, you will probably be a bit bewildered and confused because most of the references won't make sense to you. So much for the story.
As for the delivery: I think Ari Fliakos does a great job reading this book and bringing the different characters to life.
I already listened to the first two parts of this trilogy and waited eagerly for the third. And once more Ken Follet - and John Lee - have managed to outdo themselves. It's a beautiful crafted story which brings history to live through the eyes of ordinary people. My own family had been separated by the wall and there were many things in the book that I recognized immediately. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
The movie is one of my all time favourites, so when I saw that there was an audiobook version, I couldn't resists. And it's great! For me, the story hasn't lost any of its power over the years and the different voices make it really easy to distinguish between the main characters.
I really didn't like this book. I think the author had few good ideas (which makes me give the book 2 stars instead of 1) but wasn't able to execute them properly. My main critique is that the book doesn't know what it wants to be - is a haunted house story, a thriller or journey into one persons growing madness? Of course blends of genres can work, but in this case they don't.
I don't understand why this has gotten such high ratings from many members. I like an action packed story like the next guy, but this is nationalist macho-bravado bullsh*t of the worst type.
I have really stubborn streak when it comes to books and I normally finish them even when I don't enjoy them, but after close to eight hours I just couldn't take it anymore and wiped the book of my phone. It's badly written, the characters could hardly be more shallow and the story stumbles from one trope to the next. It's as if someone took the things that even Roland Emmerich thought were too cliché, and gave them to someone who had never read anything but pulp fiction in his life. Well, at least now I know which author I will stay well clear off in the future!
To be frank, I don't know why this book has gotten so many positive reviews. I just found it really annoying - particularly the main character. I frequently just wanted to yell at him: "Stop whining and get your sh*t together"! The narration was good, though.
I stopped listening to this book after about three hours because I could not take it anymore. I love crime books, and they don't always have to be "deep" to draw me in, but this - my first Karen Slaughter - was beyond what I was willing to spend my time on. Maybe, if I had been on a really long, intercontinental flight I would have stayed with it, because Slaughter knows how to create some suspense. But the writing is so shallow and the characters are so bland that I did not want to stay with this story. Besides, the author has taken a lot of logical shortcuts that simply don't make sense and are not being explained which to me just smells of laziness. As a reader I don't mind following you to unlikely places, but you have to guide me there, rather than just saying "there was an alarm and when they turned around X was dead" (I condensed this a little) without further explaining what just happened. I will return this book.
As for the reader and the production: I felt that this was sub-par as well. You can basically hear the cuts where the reader had a break, returned to the recording but wasn't able to get the voice quite right.
This book is very much a typical John Grisham. It's a legal thriller that follows a fairly predictable script and I even guessed the "surprise" about half way into the book, where a tiny hint was left. However, Grisham is an excellent writer of legal thrillers, so "standard fare" is not necessarily something bad. I really enjoyed listening to the book even though I wasn't exactly blown away by it. As for the narrator: I think he did a very good except for two voices (Harry Rex and Carla) that I think should be very different. Overall a decent book and a decent performance.
For me, this one of the most bring books I've read/listened to in a long time! It just kept dragging on forever. Nothing ever happened! The only part of the book I enjoyed even remotely was the part set in Mexico but aside from that is is just going on and on and on without any real plot. The narrator was decent, though.
Sadly, I was really struggling with this book. While I like a dose of surrealism in my books, this one was too much for me. I liked the overall universe the story is set it but did not care for the fates of the people or their endless meanderings. I didn't find it "quirky" as the Audible review suggested, nor exciting or even mildly amusing but rather lengthy and very difficult to get through. Clearly this book was not my cup of tea.
The title of this book could just as well have been "Broken" - because every character in the story is broken in some way and the ragged edges of their lives hurt your soul as you are following Camille through the story. In a way, the book itself is a sharp object.
Don't get me wrong, the writing is excellent, because bad writing is dull. On the other hand, the writing in this book is like a scalpel that cuts into piece of unprotected soft tissue that the characters or the reader leaves exposed.
I couldn't stop listening to the book, but in the same way that some people find it hard to look away from a train crash. I felt almost indecent for not turning away.
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