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Like a bad relationship

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-19

Have you ever had a relationship that you keep coming back to because you think it’ll be different this time and it never really is? That’s how I feel about David Baldacci. I keep looking for that spark again, and I’m always disappointed. This book is like that. Character development is shallow. Pacing is inconsistent. Plot is hard to follow and unbelievable at times, especially at the climax. Scott Brick is amazing, though. He could read a grocery list and I would probably buy the book. He’s what makes this book bearable.

Technical problems ruin the listening experience. Around 4:40 remaining there are a large number of stuttering events in the audio that sound like a CD during playback when the CD is scratched. Parts of the book are unintelligible at that point. Really disappointing this wasn’t caught and I hope it can be rectified for other listeners. Happens at other places later in the book as well. I’m surprised this wasn’t detected by the editors. I will contact Audible and inform them. Maybe it will be fixed at some point.

Speaking of editing, it would’ve been better had there been more of a pause between point of view switches during a chapter. It got really confusing when a scene is being described from one character‘s point of view and then shifts into another scene without some pause to mark the transition. This is poor editing, and the responsibility sits squarely on the shoulders of the editor.

2 stars for storyline and character development.
5 stars for narration.
1 star overall due to poor editing, technical problems, and poor transitions.

Amazing.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-19

It is hard to express how much I enjoyed the series. What a wonderful tale. I look forward to more works by Jay Kristoff.

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Great for kids and adults alike

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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: 09-06-19

What a wonderfully engaging, entertaining and educational offering from Audible. We really enjoyed listening to this, especially the Dasler feud.
Jersey!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Tedious. Predictable.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-19

The narrator spoke too fast to lend gravitas to the story. Even with this, it was a long book. Predictable and not believable. Just meh. I would not recommend.

Fitting end

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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: 06-18-19

Excellent story, with an amazing narrator. Ray Porter has an amazing range, and brings life to all the characters he narrates. Recommended.

Wow. An amazing book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-19

I previously read Don Winslow’s The Force and found it eminently entertaining. This is a book in a similar vein but a much longer arc and with more characters and more character development. Excellent writing. Amazing narration. Ray Porter deserves massive kudos for his narrative work. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

WOW

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Amazing book. The cover quote by Stephen King is right on the money. This is a captivating read. Narration is absolutely amazing. Five stars. Thanks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Just okay.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Good but not great story. Good but not great narration. The male narrator sounds like a 65 year old trying to sound like a 40 year old. The female narrator sounds has a decent range. The story has some entertaining scenes. But overall it feels rushed and kind of bleh. And I ended up buying the abridged version by accident as well. Sigh. Oh well.

Meh.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-19

This book is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld meets Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Narration was meh. Stories played true to the Sherlock Holmes stories off which they were based. Frankly, it was hard to get through and the ending was weak. Really weak. Not recommended.

Classic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-19

This is a classic work expertly narrated by Simon Vance. Recommended for anyone who is a fan of detective fiction. Get it from the original source rather than from the parodies which give a distorted view of Holmes as a hunting-cap wearing armchair intellectual. The Holmes of these stories plays violin, prizefights for fun, injects cocaine out of boredom, and target practices indoors to celebrate the queen’s birthday. It will give you a more complete understanding of the stories from which all the parodies arise, and likely make these parodies that much more enjoyable. Be aware that this is the complete Sherlock Holmes, so it is monstrously long.