©1983 Ken Follett; (P)1984 Brilliance Audio
"A marvelous, rare, terrific read...as exciting as a novel." (USA Today)
"Superb....Ken Follett's fans may be reluctant to see him return to fiction." (The New York Times Book Review)
Did they give this guy a deadline? He spoke so fast if you were distracted for just a few seconds you missed a lot. I slowed the speed down for my iPod, and some chapters were tolerable. Then he used a normal speaking speed, I had to change back. Next chapter he was rushing again. I got tired of dealing with it so I never finished listening for more than a couple of hours. I think this would have been a great book if not for the narration.
The story was very good. One of those stories where you know the ending going in, but still enjoy the ride.
The audio editing on the other hand was awful. The narrator's voice would change significantly mid-sentence. It was obvious the recordings were done on different days and no attempt was made to seamlessly stitch the recordings together. Also the speed kept changing. The narrator would read fast, then slow, then fast again. The pitch of his voice changed accordingly, and can someone explain why, after 13 chapters Colonel Bullworth suddenly starts speaking with a heavy Boston accent??
There were several passages that Mr. Follett must have gotten straight from Perot - they were soooo self serving and mushsy, he was almost a God!
Would have given it a higher rating if the audio editing was done better. All-in-all, worth the listen.
I just found the narrators a bit too fast paced, not that I couldn't understand (as I believe my english is sort of ok with speed reading or listening) but it was simply a bit unconfortable to listen to. Pace gives audio books all its
meaning and a pleasant or unpleaseant experience.
This was a very interesting story that was RUINED by multiple narrators. If they had used multiple people for individual characters that would have been fine, but there were 5 or 6 different narrators used throughout and they would change at odd times.
Read the book.
Listen to a sample first. I think the narrator was a friggin cyborg. Absolutely painful to listen to. I listened to an hour of it and had to stop because I think my brain started to bleed out. I wanted to die. Dont bother.
The book may be great, but I like to be read to and entertained. Here someone tries to achieve a new speedreading record. I believe this has been technically speeded up, I cannot believe one can read aloud that fast. Not a pleasure to listen to and I have given up.
On Wings of Eagles, while not my favorite Follett, is a fine book that held my interest throughout. On the other hand, this reader is the worst I've come across in all of Audible. There are no pauses, he just pushes forward in the same incessant way. The changes of vocal timbe from chapter to chapter are so jarring that I wonder if there are actually two readers electronically spliced together. This book deserves another Audible version that isn't so difficult to listen to.
this was a book that was so real and horrifying and that every snentence held my attnetion.
It's too bad more business leaders don't display the employee loyalty told about in this book. A truely great man and one I would love to work for.
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