I liked the story plot. It was very reminiscent of the Condor but with a girl lead.
The narrator was very good, though I thought her male voices were a little off. She made them sound dumb.
I could easily see it as a tv movie. With some serious story rework, maybe a feature film.
I gave the book 3 stars, because it was ok. It wasn't horrible and it wasn't great. The idea was derivative but what isn't. I actually liked the idea of the girl being the lead character, though the story was quite predictable. It was ok for light entertainment. Don't look for more than that.
This is the rare instance where the movie was better than the book. I liked the author discussing the differences between his work and the screen play. It was very interesting. As a first try the book is ok, but not the very fine story the screenplay became. The changes to the female character and the villan were much more interesting in the movie than they were in the book.
This is possibly the worst written book I have ever read. It should have won some award for the most run on sentences ever produced. Not only does the author interject personal observations and beliefs about historic events, he does it with the use of verbose and obscuring prose that totally looses the reader half way through an opaque explanation. To take such an interesting and rich story full of everything you could imagine, romance, drama, intrigue, war, personal trials and make it the most boring unintelligible drivel takes a super human effort. This author never fails to use 50 words where one would do. In his inflated writing a picture is worth 500,000 words, but is no clearer than it would be with 10. If you have any interest in Peter the Great and the beginnings of the European Russian era, Robert K. Massey has an infinitely better book. I believe it was a pulitzer prize winner, or it should have been.
I can't honestly say I enjoyed the book or not, because I couldn't understand a word. I don't know if the audio is screwed up or the book is not in english. It could be an Indian language. It was a subject I was very interested in, so I was very disappointed to not be able to understand the language. I went back and checked and not place in the description does it say not in english.
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