I liked the IDEA of this book - all these great writers teaming together to write some amazing secretive masterpiece - but I felt the book turned out ..Show More »to be a bit disjointed. OK. Very disjointed.
And it was only until I listened to the bonus interview at the end of the audible recording that I learned that the authors did not work together ONE BIT!
They just sent the growing manuscript to the next person on the list after they had added their chapter. So there was very little vision here for how the whole story would turn out, because none of them actually had any clue whatsoever, and it really really would have been a FAR greater book if they did some planning.
It all felt like a bit of a muddle really. Enjoyable because of the concept, all these writers coming together, but I felt it could have been so much more given a little planning on their part.
I was looking forward to listening to this book backed up by so many famous writers. It turned out to be a total mess where each writer tries desperat..Show More »ely to continue the line of thought of the previous one. You could certainly see the joints and after a while I lost interest in the characters and what happens to them, never mind trying to understand what is going on!They were also many factual inconsistencies, as if the writers could not be bothered to read properly what went on before. Even the fact that Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first and last chapters couldn't save the day and in my opinion it should remain as an experiment not to be repeated.
It's been a while since an audiobook has been so bad it's actually made me angry! I forced myself to finish this to be able to write a review. Alf..Show More »red Molina who is an incredible actor normally is as flat as a pancake in this drama. His voice is so monosyllabic and without emotion that you actually suspect he wasn't in the same room as the other actors when recording their lines as he recites his with absolutely no feeling at all. The British accents are borderline racist! It's something from the 1960's in fact the two actors who did the best British accents weren't actually supposed to be British at all. Because of Molina's deadpan acting the rest of the actors come across as overacting to compensate which is a shame as they tend to carry the story along much better. At times the exposition is so staged it feels like you are listening to a video game moving onto the next scene. Plot wise, it redeems itself slightly in the last half hour but twist and turns become laughable because of the acting and aforementioned plot and scene setting. If this was supposed to encourage me to read anything else by Jeffrey Deaver than it has failed miserably