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!
What a fantastic find! When I downloaded the book I was a little sceptical and then I got a little worried that the book might be full of technical details about O2-filters instead of a plot, but those fears were unfounded. Andy Weir tells the story of a man stranded on Mars with a mixture of humour and seriousness that make the book an absolute pleasure to read. And while there is a fair amount of technical detail, for example when he is calculating his calorific needs, I found that these moments passed quickly and didn't get into the way of the story.
Last but not least I thought the narrator did an outstanding job.
I love historical fiction and I truly enjoyed this book. However, despite the fact that I also really enjoy long volumes, this book felt a little slow to me at times. I can't recall that I ever had the feeling that 2 hrs could easily have been cut from the book without losing anything - but in this case I did. I still really enjoyed the characters and their secrets and I'm sure I'll pick up the second book in the series, yet I thought it was a bit slow.
Even though I enjoyed this book, overall I was a little disappointed with it. It feels like the first in a series where everything is leading up to something that will happen in a later book, but where not much is happening yet. While I loved the details about 'big coal' and admire Grisham for taking on contemporary issues like this in his books, the actual story was a little weak.
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.
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.
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