I can say I believe I know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa now, so this book hits its mark. Scott Brick does a nice job of delivering the flavor of organized crime in America. If you keep in mind this book is told from the perspective of one man and isn't meant to be unbiased commentary on the merits of Jimmy Hoffa and the Labor Movement in America, you'll find this an interesting and disturbing account of the American underbelly. The second half become repetitive, but the epilogue adds value to the overall believablility of the tale and helps to remind the reader of the perspective issue. Recommended!
I liked the concept. I didn't like the overly detailed descriptions throughout the book intended to provide atmosphere. King is good at providing the reader a mental picture and emotional state, but he belabors the techniques constantly throughout the book and it ended up making the story much longer than it needed to be. Much of the prose was atmospheric and not meaningful to the story or the plot.
I might suggest someone try this in written format. The audio version just dragged.
Yes and it became grating after a while.
Yes, I suppose. I was expecting a lot more twists and turns in the story, but there were very few surprises and ended up being very routine.
Overall a solid thriller with interesting characters. No big ah-ha moments however, and I was a little disappointed with the resolution of Will's story line.
Not quite as funny as I expected, despite the inspired casting of Samuel L Jackson. As a believer in the power of the F-bomb, this "bedtime story" is probably 3 minutes too long--it loses impact about halfway through.
Reviews for this installment of Card's Shadow series were all over the map, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I do not agree the book is a tome on anti-gay marriage, although there is a conservative bent on the topics of marriage and embryo versus baby. My issues with the book are less political. The story was not particularly engaging or cohesive, and the journey of Peter Wiggin becomes increasingly inconsistent as these books go on. I'm still invested in Bean, but dissappointed in how the author has chosen to develop the Wiggins overall.
Some of the narration was just plain painful and again, inconsistent with earlier installments despite being read by some of the same narrators. Peter Wiggin is supposed to be in his teens/20s and he sounded like a whiney old man devoid of the brains and deviousness his character should embody. Gabrielle du Cuir is back with her breathy, overly drawn out delivery and a new twist on Mrs. Wiggin's character who now sounds like an obnoxious, hispanic, old biddy. Strange.
I've listened to these books one after the other, and after this installment, I'm taking a break. Overall, a necessary piece of the Shadow Series, but not the most enjoyable.
I'm emotionally invested in the characters so I care what happens to them.
The scene with Bean and Peter's mom.
Gabrielle de Cuir voices her female characters as if they are some kind of compassion gurus. The slow alto and drawn out rhythm of her delivery can be grating. The worst example of this was her performance of Valentine in "Ender's Game" but she comes close to repeating herself as Petra in "Shadow of the Hegemon."
I liked it when Bean realized that Petra was his only real friend.
Peter has gone from a borderline psychopath in "Ender's Game" to a self-conscience meglomaniac wanna-be in "Shadow of the Hegemon." I'm curious to see if Card displays Peter's true colors as this series continues.
Ultimately my only real problem with the series so far is Achilles. He went from being a street-wise, gimpy urchin to brilliant Battle School candidate to one of the most powerful people on the planet. It's very difficult to believe this kid went from being kicked out of Battle School and imprisoned to suddlenly having a worldwide, credible network of extremely influential people shortly after he finds his freedom again. Honestly it's hard to understand where his world domination ambitions even came from considering he had little understanding of the world as a whole when he went to Battle School in the first place. I guess we are to assume his study habits at the hospital closely resembled Bean's at Battle School? Bean deserves a better antagonist, but I'll take what I can get.
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