Well, I've been getting acquainted with Platt/Truant recently and enjoy their work. This was no exception. I thought there were a lot of positive as..Show More »pects to this story- swift pace, action, general theme.
My only real complaints, if you can call them that, center on the general implausibility of the protagonist and his life story. It's just so oddly juxtaposed against the rest of the plot. Maybe it will end up playing a bigger roll in the series as a whole. We will see. There are lots of ways to make the main character have a ton of money- they chose a very strange one in my opinion.
Very abrupt ending that seemed to negate a lot of the book leading up to the final 5 minutes or so. I'm also banking on the probability that this will make sense in future installments.
Worth a listen and your time. Should end up being a great series.
While the first book laid a lot of ground work on personalities and could be slow going, Contact picks up speed with an effortless touch of twists to ..Show More »make you want just 5 five more minutes of story time -- no matter how late it is! The right balance of surprise, but not over the top unbelievable. A really enjoyable story. And if you're not listening to Ray Porter read it to you, you are really missing out!!
I have listened straight through up to the end of this book and I'm thinking I am no longer interested in this series.
My reason is that the ..Show More »storyline is convoluted, meanders and I find it difficult to stay focused while listening. The differentiation of the characters is getting very muddled. Although the descriptive language used for various characters, their emotions and motivations are good, they don't connect me with the characters and situations any longer.
I have listened on and on hoping to see some crescendo to a compelling momentum that would make we want to find out what will happen next, but the pace and storyline itself is so shallow, I find that the "payoff" at the end of each book now seems purely self serving in order to hopefully, (with little care form me now), to want to listen to the next book.
I am very selective about which readers I will listen to and Kevin Pierce is one that I like a lot, but I feel he is just not the right reader for this work. Mr. Pierce's style is like a the words of a small child when he says, "Grandpa, tell me a story?" He's great for certain types of material, but not this one. Sorry Mr. Pierce. I know you are doing your best and I don't feel it's really your fault.
One reason I started listening to this series was Ray Porter, who I always throughly enjoy listening to. He was such a perfect fit for these books that it overcame many of the short fallings for me with these works, but towards the end of the book before this one, I could see the effectiveness of this series to hold my attention was waining. Then with the switch in readers, I could see this was not going to go well. As with all acting, even the best performance does not make up for a poor script.
Maybe others of you see this series differently, but I am done with this series.