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.
I just loved the movie, when it was new. Then I realized that great movies come from great novels. I had no idea the significance of Boris Pasternak, or of this work. Buy it, and pay attention especially to its prologue, its epilogue, and its afterword. Wonderful, significant, worthwhile. Enjoy!
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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