But in the end, it is a courageous young woman who escapes from North Tower of the World Trade Center after the first plane crashes into the building, who has the foresight and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady's death.
The young woman, Anna Petrescu, takes advantage of being missing and presumed dead in the days after 9/11 to escape from New York City, only to be pursued by both the FBI and a ruthless assassin across the globe, from Toronto to London, to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bucharest. But it is only when she finally returns to New York that the mystery unravels.
In his first thriller since The Eleventh Commandment, international best-selling author Jeffrey Archer takes the listener on a breathtaking journey, full of twists and turns, all leading back to the question of why so many people are willing to risk their lives to own Van Gogh's Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. And it's not just because it could be worth one hundred million dollars.
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"Archer's writing skills have not deteriorated over the years." (Booklist)
Audiobook. I’ve been a fan of Jeffrey Archer for years, long before the popularity of the audiobook. My first exposure being Kane & Abel in paperback format, and I was engrossed in absolutely wonderful story. Considering that Kane & Abel was one of Archer’s very earliest books, I’m wondering if he’s beginning to burn out. Briefly, False Impression centers around the ownership, stealing, and recovery of a valuable Van Gogh painting. It begins with a hair raising escape from the north tower of the World Trade Center in 2001, but has nothing to do with the terrorism involved. The inclusion of this horrific event seemed almost gratuitous. There are no typical Archer twists, no surprises. Simply a well outlined plot and the author moves through his story in a predictable fashion.
Given that this review is of the audiobook, a few comments about the narration are warranted. A few of the voices are well done. Lady Arabella, in particular, is very nice. Most of the male voices are distinctive and recognizable throughout the book. However, Anna, the lead character, is atrocious and difficult to listen to, as her accent simply seemed … wrong. Given the necessary dialogue of this character, I had some trouble staying with the story without frowning on occasion. False Impression is narrated by Byron Jennings
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I can’t say this was my favourite Jeffrey Archer book, he has so many better ones to offer so I wouldn’t particularly recommend this one.
It wasn’t bad – just not one of his best, yet I have to say that it did serve its purpose which was to give me a distracting break before getting back to another longer more tedious book that I am determined to finish!
Although I didn’t enjoy it that much, overall I am still a Jeffrey Archer fan – like I’ve said about him in the past: he is usually dependably entertaining.
First, I should say that I do not write reviews very often. Second, I must say I am a big fan of J. Archer, the author. The book was good - cute and somewhat predictable - but good. On to the bad. The narration was horrible ... awful ... the worst I have ever heard ... ever. The narrator was trying to do a Romanian accent, but ended up sounding like a cross between an Irish lilt and mid-western Norwegian. He attempted to do a Japanese accent, failed miserably. I really do not know what the producers were thinking. It was just painful to listen.
Incredible moving description of 9/11 which catapults the reader into the story. The rotten are rotten and the good are good. I enjoyed "Prisoner of Birth" so much that I bought another of Jeffrey Archer's books immediately. The reader of this book was not as enjoyable as in the previous audible book,and his attempt at a Roumanian accent sounded more Irish than Roumanian. Lot's of twists and turns in the plot, which made me want to get back to listening as soon as possible. It's an elaborate shell game played all over the world with a priceless painting.
Maybe it was the story, or maybe it was the reader, but this wasn't one of my favorites. The reader's delivery was a bit stilted, and I agree with the other reviewers who noticed that the Romanian characters sounded a bit Irish! I noticed that too. (I confess I'm a bit spoiled after listening to great readers like John Lee!)
I was intrigued by the 9-11 angle to this story...the idea that the protagonist would escape the towers and be presumed dead. But the bad guy figured out early on that she was alive, so that angle never panned out. Most of the plot twists were predictable. Can't really recommend this one.
Jeffry has some great ideas. I believe he will eventually be a fantastic writer. He has improved with every book I read. He is rather predictable, and I mean from the beginning of page 1. He writes well and has nice ideas. I think he needs a few new ideas of his own though instead of reproducing old masterpieces. This book is a fresh idea and has nice flow. His next will be better and I will read it also.
The plot is reasonable but I've definitely read better. It starts off a little slow but it picks up half way through and maintains a decent suspense through out the rest of the book. The reader does an OK job, his accents aren't perfect but good enough.
I have always enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's books, until now. The plot in this one is rather thin, the accents are bad, and the FBI agents come across as slow and stupid. The main character is smarter than the FBI agents. I made it through the whole book, but his others are much better.
I enjoyed this book and found it an enjoyable listen from start to finish. The whole 9/11 aspect of the plot could have been left out, as it really had nothing to do with the plot (everyone knew she was alive all along it seems, except her close family), but the rest of the story was intriguing. Like all good mysteries there were a few interesting twists. This isn't a book where you have to listen to every word so it's a good audiobook to listen to while you are doing other things. I thought the narration was pretty good too.
My first experience with the author. Despite the fact it was predictable for me, however; I listened to the very last word. Generally enjoyable
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