I like spy stories, and I like the idea of this one. Maybe a good read, but as a listen it just frustrates me. I've tried it twice, and I have failed twice to finish it. By early in the second half, I just want to give up.
If you like le Carre's books, buy the book. The story is probably very good. The performance of this audiobook is fairly good, but I cannot recommend it as enjoyable.
It's hard to decide what made The Potato Factory and the rest of the trilogy the most enjoyable; given the historicity, the story, the character development, the pacing, and the magnificent performance, it's a wonderful experience.
This story is told with no stone left unturned, no disconcerting oversights or omissions, yet with a pace that just keeps climbing the hill, keeps building and building.
Ikey Solomon has to be my favorite, though a detestable character. The reality of Ikey in history aids in no small measure to the pleasure of visiting him in his world.
I have listened to, and enjoyed immensely, all three books in this trilogy - TWICE. And, I'm probably not done. I recommend it highly. If you enjoy it, keep going with the trilogy - maybe more than just once . . . .
I cannot compare this book to any book I've read or heard, so far as I can remember. The structure, setting, character development, and reading are absolutely stellar.
I really like to read a book. I really really like to hear Dick Hill's performance of a book; absolutely incredible; can't figure how he does it.
This book will push a lot of buttons. I didn't know anything about P.T. Deuterman until a friend recommended this audio version of The Cat Dancers. It's entertaining and enlightening, provocative, worthwhile reading and listening. Don't miss this.
Grisham's smoothness with the tale, great narration.
I liked the newsman from Calico Rock; I'd like to sit down and enjoy a leisurely dinner and just listen to a rambling conversation with him.
Except for the urging of friends, I would never have read nor listened to Pillars, or World Without End. I may listen to them again, in all their glory. What entertainment. What characters. What a story!
Thanks, Ken Follett, for some of the very best fiction available.
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