I had a hard time with the beginning of this book. It was so trite and predictable for the first half of the book. It rebounded a bit after that and took a few turns that held my attention. Overall, not one of my Sandra Brown favs.
This book was well written and the narration is outstanding. However, it is a dark and depressing tale that I did not enjoy. I almost stopped listening to it and couldn't wait for it to end.
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It drew you in right away with a unique storyline and well developed characters. This was a "page turner" that made me wish my commute was longer so I could keep listening. Looking forward to the other two in the series.
I was a big fan of Follett's Pillars of the Earth trilogy which gave you a big dose of history along with fantastic character stories. While Fall of Giants gave you great insight into life and events during that period, the character stories were sorely lacking. I found that I just didn't feel connected to the characters or really care what happened to them. My only other complaint was that it was just too long. A little editing would have helped here. It dragged on at times and became quite boring. At one point, I almost gave up on it. Overall, a very interesting and informative historical piece, but don't expect much from the characters.
I found this book to be predictable and a bit boring. The story of Luke kept my interest but the story of Ira became very boring and drawn out.
I find myself scratching my head at all of these five star reviews. I found this story to be slow and meandoring. It was an interesting historical perspective but I had a hard time keeping interest in the story. I also wasn't crazy about the story being told from the point of view of death and portraying everything in terms of colors. Too abstract and annoying. This book was just "meh" for me.
Wow, I really had high expectations of this book after reading the reviews. What a dissapointment. First, the author should really leave narrating to professionals. It was painful to listen to and all of the characters sounded the same. Second, the characters were just uninteresting and I became quite apatheic about what happened to them. The stories just dragged on without any real plot development. I actually struggled to finish listening to it. I won't be listening to another book by this author. I definitely prefer a little more excitement, or, at least, more exciting characters in my books.
P.S. The bird noises became increasingly obnoxious
The story was gripping but I almost stopped listening because of Susan Ericksen's narration. The voice of the detective partner, Peabody, was so annoying and distracting that I didn't want to hear it anymore. Some of her other characters were equally as annoying. Won't listen to another book with her as narrator.
I am truly baffled by all the five star reviews for this book. Starts off interestingly enough but quickly becomes very monontonous. It goes on and on (hours worth), discussing in tedious detail about what he ate and drank while at sea. I was ready to abandon ship, so-to-speak, at about chapter 40, but the reviews kept alluding to a great ending so I stuck it out. What a mistake. The ending was lackluster, at best. This book fell well short of expectations. Wish I had the credit back and 12 hours of my time.
This is one of the best credits you'll ever spend. Over forty hours of great storytelling and you won't want it to end. The characters are so well developed you feel like you know them and their journey becomes your journey. Ken Follett has also crafted some incredible villians in this story that will have you yelling out loud at your audio book. You won't regret buying this book. John Lee delivers this story brilliantly!
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