©1986 Ken Follett; (P)1986 Brilliance Audio
"Masterful...plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing...keep you on edge every moment." (Associated Press)
"A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle...engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration." ( Los Angeles Times)
Overall a good book... not great.
Of the recent additions, "A Dangerous Fortune" is much better.
The narrator in this one is ok, but all spoken words are performed by different actors, and unfortunately the actors are a little below "B Movie" actors.
I don't particularly care for the spoken word cut-away style production, the story loses flow, and since the actors are not very good in this one, it really detracts.
The story is interesting and takes you to the Russian war on Afghanistan during 1981. It does shed light on just how horrible the fanatical muslim life is for women, and served to raise my disgust level for those civilizations a notch higher.
I could never really figure out if Follett was trying to touch a level of sympathy with the Afghans or not. I found it impossible to do so if that was the intent.
In the end, you wanted the story's hero to win, but hoped both sides would lose the war.
Follett has written some crackling page-turners and riveting stories. Unfortunately, "Lie Down with Lions" is not one of these. Predicable plot turns are laced with 1980s political correctness - CIA evil, American on "wrong side" in Vietnam -- and mixed with explicit sex so puerile that any but teen-aged boys are tempted to fast forward.
Add to this a truly awful narration - especially the falsetto female voices - and the audio version is even worse than the print one.
An absolute yes on Follett! I love his books and will read the printed version of this one. An absoutely no on the narrators. The "female" voices were laughable. I don't know how a self-respecting director could deem these performaces acceptable.
Yes and I already have - with a different narrator and it was great as I believe all of Follett's books are.
I didn't get far enough in the book (maybe an hour or so only) to find any
Don't buy the audio version of the book by these narrators. It is money out the window...
Despite the poor narration, it's still a good story and worth a credit. Don't let the 1 star reviews fool you. It is not nearly that bad.
This was great and so glad I took the time to listen. There is an unnecessarily graphic sex scene (more than normal Ken Follet), which is why it doesn't get four stars. Just fast forward and you'll be fine.
This started out to be a great book with an absorbing plot and great charactors, but it concluded with graphic sex sceens and a hokey ending. I love graphic sex in romance novels, but not Ken Follett (if this is Ken Follett). I have read all of Follett's books. They are epic adventure novels, but this is not one of them.
I first read this book several years ago and although there is a new war in Afghanistan this book still holds it's own. The multi-voice narration is very well done and the pacing is quick. I highly recommend this audio book.
This is early Ken Follett writing and clearly shows his extraordinary gift as a young writer. Interesting, educational, unpredictable and wonderful. A very memorable read!
I like many of Ken Follett's books, but the audio editing and narration was so bad that the book seemed stilted and just bad. I honestly don't know if I would have enjoyed reading this book. It is hard to separate the story from the audio.
The audio was spliced together from several voice actors. This has worked well for other stories that were staged as plays. Unfortunately, this is a collection of recordings spliced together. The timing is always a little off and the volumes are not well equalized.
Bottom line is that it is always obvious that the voices are spliced together and the flow of the story is lost. Instead of losing myself in the story, I was always aware that I was listening to spliced together soundbites.
I could not finish the story - actually quit for a while, tried again and quit again. I didn't make it past the 4th chapter.
"Great story but awful production"
This is great story but its ruined by an aweful actress who does some on the ladiies dialogue. It grated on me.
The story is what it is, but one should expect a better reading quality. The reader speaks too fast and is very bad with foreign accents. The French character Jean-Pierre sounds like Herr Flick from the comic series Allo Allo. Ken Follett being British, one would also expect the reader to speak English and not American! I haven't reached the part in Afghanistan and wonder how they will sound....
"Good story/not well read"
The story is good with plenty of contemporary irony but the way it is read could be irritating. I suffered the 'acted' dialogue but cannot recommend it. However, the plot is exciting. I enjoyed the story.
"Disappointing - not worthy of Ken Follett."
This book was chosen on the expectation of the usual high standards of Ken Follett. It read as if it was his first ever book, written by formula, in fact the first part nearly had me reject the title as boring, the second part was his apparent attempt at soft porn, and it was only his experience based knowledge of the Afgahnistan / Pakistan hinterland that gave the book any credibility. Dont expect the usual 'epic' writing of Ken Follett.
the recording of this audiuo is far to fast. i couldnt understand what was going on. it wasent because my i pod was on double speed. it was at the correct speed at half speed but then had an eco
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