©2007 Clive Cussler; (P)2007 Penguin
"Cussler takes a breather from his several ongoing series with this historical thriller set in the western states, circa 1906. The U.S. government hires the renowned Van Dorn Detective Agency and its equally renowned lead agent, Isaac Bell, to capture the bank robber known as the Butcher Bandit....Once San Francisco gets hit by the 1906 earthquake and the principals climb aboard a pair of fire-breathing locomotives, the novel cranks up a head of steam and some high-speed thrills." (Publishers Weekly)
Scott Brick must be one of the worst narrators ever. This is the second book of his I have listened to and I have disliked both. His style is very over-the-top. He is too dramatic and his sentences too often reach an unneeded crescendo. Half the time he cannot keep his voices and accents straight and in one instance a French accent slowly turns into a badly done Irish accent. When he isn't whipping himself into a frenzy or botching the voices, he sounds just plain haughty.
The book itself is just ok. Period references are good if they are done correctly. This book just squeaks by in that department. It starts to get a little annoying with the references (yes, we know 85 miles an hour was fast in 1906), but then backs off before it gets TOO bad. The ending cannot be described as anything but cheesy.
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
This is a great series. I can't wait to dig my claws ito the next book. The characters are excellent! I could totally see Dirk Pitt reading all about Issac Bell. :-)
The sing-songy narration was very artificial. I felt like he was trying to sell me something on a street corner. It completely distracted from the words.
Wooden dialogue. Cartoonish characters Predictable story line. Not even Scott Brick's narration could salvage this awful book.
I was a faithful reader of the Dirk Pitt series but abandoned it when Cussler introduced co-authors. I thought that I would give him another chance with this book. I am now finally done with him. This book was a total train wreck, both literally and figuratively.
Absolutely-because some of the very detailed story would be picked up and enjoyed more each time
Yes-enough twists and turns to make the guessing interesting
Loved the narrator-top 5 for sure
Butcher Bandit Strikes Again!
A fun read with the 1906 San Francisco venue a delight. The primary characters were given such intense personalities that the period and people were fascinating
Most definately! Wow, what a change of pace. Clive Cussler goes Steampunk! I was not sure what to expect when I got this book. It sounded different than his last few years and I really liked early Cussler so I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did!
Not sure. Cussler goes back in time to the early 1900's with a detective from the Van Dorn Detective Agency, a man named Issac Bell and being a detective he solves crimes. It is an amazing first person look at early San Fransico during the earthquake of 1906 and it feels like you're there. You really get involved in Bell's life and want him to not only get his man but get the girl and get through the earthquake (which does not happen without some truly awful emotional scars forming).
It made me happy. Listening to a good book, one that hooks you in by investing you in the main characters life is...happiness. It is not a book with deep meanings or messages/lessons to apply to your life/work, but if you want a very well narrated happy book, this is it!
The story line is wonderful, the people and places descriptions were colorful, I especially loved the wonderful historical bits as those bits completely entranced me. The narration, however nearly grated me into a turned off listener with his repetitive singsong redition. Only the story content urged me to finish the story. I will not be a willing listener to this narrator in the future.
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