©2004 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
If the characters were not so 2 dimensional
Just for this author
The characters are completely not believable as actual human beings. Abel is all knowing and has spies everywhere but is unable to tell who is benefactor was? Both Kane and Abel live for their children but are willing to stop talking to them? Why was the woman on the train in Siberia? Closed into a coal hold for an extended period when it was hard to breathe after the first few minutes? I would think he would die of Black Lung Disease before the end of the journey. Is George a fool or a great worker? Henry became a congressman????
I only got through it because I had 18 hours of driving to do. I tried to enjoy it, but realised a few hours in that the writing (and editing) aren't great.
The subject matter and the big picture theme were interesting, but the characters were single dimensional which left the entire book to be boring and predictable.
The best thing to come out of listening to this book is that I now know to avoid Jeffrey archer in the future.
The narration was good and is what kept me in there till the end.
And yet - an enjoyable listen. I was frustrated in part because some things were SO predictable that it spoiled the story. But there is enough detail about Poland the the cruelties of Germany and Russia. AND insights into various immigrants groups and blue blood Americans. So overall I rate it as OK, but not more so. I can't give it a 2.5 stars, so I settled on 3.
I have listened to other Jeffrey Archer books and this one was a disappointment.
Given the reader a reason to want to listen or read more. Story was boring and overly detailed.
I liked the Narrator
I tried but this guy puts me to sleep... Pace is too slow, narration sound like a kiddie book, character voices not bad, but overall terrible. I give up!!! sad! Probably a great story!
i really enjoy the writing style. multiple perspectives from the main characters creates depth. the story line is captivating with twists and turns.
on the down side the author seems to take bits from his previous works.
Avid reader (listener). I work in dog rescue in Arkansas, am married and am 62 years old.
This was a very good story and once it is over, you realize that sometimes you think you know the facts when you actually do not. I think it gave me something to think about.
I believe Kane would have been my favorite character. I won't say why, you will find out at the end of the book.
Epic Saga of Rags to Riches
This may be considered to be a SPOILER ALERT: I was a little let down at the end of this book because so much treachery had gone on between Kane and Abel for their entire lives ... seemed like such a waste of the time and talent of two very successful men ... money does not bring happiness ... at least it didn't here.
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