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I really enjoyed this, there was lots of amazing points, and I couldn't stop thinking about the book when I wasn't listening to it
Smart people may be a little frustrated with the hapless simpleton of a protagonist, though that is intentional I think. I personally disliked the ending. It left several loose ends and left me with a feeling of anticlimax. I felt like the author was under pressure to finish the book, and should have taken the extra time to write the last 5 hours of the book rather than slap together an ending. That being said, the book overall was great fun and thought provoking. The political, social, and economic commentary was educational and kept me guessing whether the author had a political agenda (which is good). There were a couple of miscalculations (compound interest, historical currency conversions), but they didn't get in the way of the narrative. Anyway I will definitely be reading everything else available from this author.
If you could sum up One Trillion Dollars in three words, what would they be?
(no spoilers) An emotional rollercoaster, really feel empathy with the main character John Fontanelli. The author is a superb wordsmith.
Who was your favorite character and why?
John Fontanelli. I really fealt for him and the life he had been through. I can't think of anyone who would handle getting $1 trillion without something going wrong...
What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He's an excellent voice actor. He is very easy to understand and comforting to listen to.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me late for work! I would remain stuck in my car not wanting to leave it. Eventually I started listening to it on my earphones in work!
Any additional comments?
Please translate more of Eschbach's books. He is highly regarded in Germany and has many more german language books. I need someone to translate and record his books in English please!
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Would you try another book written by Andreas Eschbach or narrated by Adam Verner?
Narration was good but the novel not so good. Tried this author as I had not read him before. I won't read him again.
Has One Trillion Dollars put you off other books in this genre?
No. The idea is good
Do you think One Trillion Dollars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Definitely not. Plot so drawn out and lengthy only to finish with the equivalent of a 7 year olds 'Then I woke up !'