"Teenage girls will love this book"
This novel is essentially the Truman Show meets the running man with Twilight...
I enjoyed this a lot however though i found myself ignoring the musings of the main character when she was worried about which man she loves and whether she could ever love anyone blah blah blah.
But when the book gets going it really is enjoyable, the casual violence of the characters and the fight for survivial is brilliant. It can also be very touching with a friend she makes in the arena.
The narrator on the other hand is awful everything is woefully amateur dramatic and sometimes her accent as she get her mouth round words can be painful to listen to, particulaly when she says "peter" or uses "peter's" voice...
Still really good and if your a teenage girl you'll adore it, it is also a guilty pleasure for me. Though the film was pants and don't judge this based on the film.
"Brilliantly crafted character"
As with all Lee Child's books it is his central character Jack Reacher which dominates and carry's this book from a simple thriller to brilliant listen. He is tough and uncompromising with some brilliantly realised set pieces. The book i couldn't put down when i read it and the audiobook was just the same and an ideal holiday companion.
Once you listen to this you will find it hard not to listen to his others, Killing Floor being his best in my opinion.
"run of the mill thriller"
It was hard to say whether i enjoyed this or not as i found it a run of the mill, linear and predictable thriller book and not in the same league as a Tom Clancy or Utopia by Lincoln Child. It was formulaic to the point where i just wanted to skip to the end. If you like James Patterson then it is in a similiar vein and will probably enjoy this too, otherwise skip it and use your credit elsewhere.
"Best Audiobook i have listened too"
I adored this audiobook, it was brilliant from start to finish, i even started walking to work (an hour) in order to listen to more of it. The characters and the story are three dimensional and well realised (to the point where you want to yell 'don't do that', or wince when something happens to them), the story is well read by the narrator.
So good im waiting for enough time to pass that i can listen to it again.
"Starts off well but loses its way"
I have previously listened to Snow Crash and thought that was brilliant and Reamde is along the same lines at least initially but i find that Stephenson for all his good ideas and characters loses his way with the story and indulges himself too much when he gets into the details of the story, which i personally find sucks you out of the world he has created.
I also feel that this was a brilliant premise and could have been taken much further and on a grander scale but he focuses on his little bunch of albeit brilliant characters and their travels round the world. Halfway through there are lot of characters and most of them do not have much of a part to play in the overall story.
More momentum needed in the middle part and a grander overall view and this could have been superb.
I thought the person who read it was pretty good though a lof of his accents were the same and sometimes differentiating betweent he character was sometimes tricky.
"Almost but not quite"
The new Bond for the new Millennium? Almost but not quite he is Bond as we know and love Bond to be but for a character in a book he does not have sufficient depth. Equally the story itself is far too concerned with the politics, posh food and hotels. There needs to be a whole lot more action set pieces for this to work and it barely had any. Particularly when you compare it with some of Deaver's other work such as the Lincoln Rhyme novels.
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