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The New Girl audiobook cover art

Like fine wine, Silva gets better with time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-19

I've been a huge fan of Silva (and this genre of spy novels) for a decade and Silva is one of the best. Each of his books gets better and better and each time I finish I'm not sure how he'll ever be able to top the last one. George Guidall also adds to the book - not only is George my favorite reader of all time but he's almost an extension of Daniel Silva himself. Great plot, builds on previous books, character development is strong. Highly recommend but this one is better if you read the one just before (The Other Woman).

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Honest story, lots of axes to grind, confessional

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

It took awhile for this to get interesting but I'm glad I stuck with it. This book is many things - Pete's confessional, probably a way for him to get back at his ex-wife, and an honest story of his lifelong journey with religion. Even if you don't agree with where he ends up personally re: spiritual belief systems (I didn't) - it's an honest tale of his struggle with faith. Even better - he's a great reader so his own voice adds authenticity to the story.

His major flaw (in my opinion) is that he's trying to put faith in a box that he can understand - if he can't understand it, he can't accept it. Despite his journey / cost to find peace, I think he missed the point - but in the end he's happy and satisfied with where he has ended up. I'd definitely recommend this book - I think he's a great storyteller and will watch some of his comedy as a result (had never heard of him prior to this book).

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So much potential - so little delivery

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-19

This book had so much potential and it's frustrating the writer took a great idea, a fantastic start, great readers - yet delivered mediocre product. This book is 20 hours long - which is much longer than your typical unabridged audible product - and I almost stopped listening about halfway through as the author had a great start - and continued to go nowhere. It would be so easy to create an abridged version of this book as you could remove almost 40% and never miss anything. As noted by other Audible reviewers, there are so many side stories and details that contribute absolutely nothing to the plot - eventually I found myself being frustrated with the author and wanting to quit - but also couldn't wait to see how it ended. I'm glad I finished but the journey was an uphill chore - something you don't want when reading for pleasure.

One of my favorite books of all time was the very lengthy Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The author spends so much of the book explaining, in great detail, small aspects of everyday life, dress, food - things that initially seem unnecessary but are so much a part of what makes the book amazing. DODO is not that way - the details and sub-plots have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I'd love to meet the author one day and ask them to explain.

Re: the readers - normally I don't like multiple readers but in this case the performance was fantastic and the multiple readers, in my opinion, really helped me not give up on the book. Great job to the readers.

In the end, if you like time travel books you'll find this interesting. But be ready to be frustrated with the author for making a great start and in the end, failing to deliver.

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Absolutely amazing - fantastic listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I got to hear Trevor speak at an event earlier this year and while political in nature (related to his television show) I was amazed at the depth and thoughtfulness of his remarks - even though he and I are very different politically. It inspired me to download this book and I'm very glad that I did. It's also a great example of how people can escape a bad situation - financially, educationally, and relationally. It's no surprise this is one of the highest rated books I've ever seen on Audible.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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meh - my least favorite

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I've listened to all of Steve's books and this is, by far, my least favorite. Story line was very complicated and hard to follow and clearly he has an axe to grind with organized religion (which doesn't have anything to do with my review). Same characters, consistent audio delivery by Scott Brick (great!), and as always - well researched. I just didn't find the story interesting and would often get some of the characters confused. Still a Berry fan / will buy his next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Gift of Time audiobook cover art

Amazing book - so glad Audible pushed it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This book came up as "recommended' based on past time-travel books - had absolutely no idea who Jerry Merritt was before Audible's recommendation. The reader started out very slow / tedious but within 10 minutes it got better - and I was hooked. Fantastic book - I don't always give all 5 stars but was eager to write this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

If you grew up in the 80's and knew about games like Doom, Duke-em-Nuke-em, or Quake - then you will absolutely love this book. The reader, Wil Wheaton, is by far one of my favorite readers.

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Love most of Robin Cook's stuff - not this one

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

My first Robin Cook book was Charlatans (2017) - read by George Guidall. An incredible book - so I've started listening to some of his older stuff like this one (Seizure). I know this is one of his older books but the narration is terrible (sound effects, bad reader) and the plot has potential but has several side angles that make it borderline ridiculous. Additionally - I found one of the main characters to be incredibly annoying - a non-starter for any book. I can't comment too much without giving away the plot - but if you're wanting to try one of his works, don't start with this one.

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Unbelievable - ignore all negative reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This was my first Robin Cook book - I decided to take the plunge more because of the reader (one of my favorites - George Guidell) and my MD wife likes these books. The reviews were mostly 4 star but not compelling - I'd passed over this several times but am so glad I came back. Charatans is amazing - great insight into medicine, social media - and a great plot that is unpredictable until the end. An exciting read (listen) - do not miss this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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meh - not Berry's best

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I've listened to every book in this series - this one was by far the worst. It's not because of the difficult nature of his topic (Martin Luther King) but I felt almost every element of his story was weak - character development, plot, suspense. Fortunately it got more interesting towards the end but it was excruciating getting there.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful