Plot is ridiculous so far, and excruciatingly slow to develop.
Yes--loved every Reacher book so far, but this one stinks
He's AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL at voices, particularly women and children. I've listened to hundreds of books and he's the WORST.
And, and, and, his volume reduces by about half when he's pathetically doing women and children--which means you need to listen at excessive volume to the rest of the book if you're interested in the dialogue.
May have to give up the Reacher series if future Hill performances are even close to this bad.
While the first two volumes had plenty of Zelig-like implausible connections between the characters and true events, they just became a joke in this book. Like all of Follett's books, each character is either good or evil, full stop, but here the lines seemed to have been drawn entirely based on politics--left equals good. Non-left? Not just bad, but pure evil. And it's not just that Follett is a leftie--what successful novelist isn't? It's that he's embarrassingly ignorant. The great climax (spoiler) has the token (evil, of course) American conservatives acknowledging to one another that the West had absolutely nothing to do with the fall of communism. Also, it's not just that Ronald Reagan was bad, he was a murderous terrorist. George Bush was a buffoon who wished for communism to continue. The Catholic Church in Poland was torn, because it loves authoritarian government--so it did little to nothing to help the resistance. Margaret Thatcher never existed. The Soviets never invaded Afghanistan. The Cold War ended because Gorbachev maneuvered himself in to chairing a single meeting of the Politburo. The list goes on and on. So the book is 35 hours of unconvincing characters showing up on the scene of history's great events, and observing leftist virtue triumph over right wing evil. Yup, that's the story of the Cold War. Edge of Eternity and all that.
John Lee is the best, the greatest. I'd listen to anything he read. But it has to be acknowledged that his American accents, especially Southern and Boston ones, are simply inept. And his renditions of famous voices like MLK's and the Kennedys', well, they're just painful.
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