Out of the several years I have subscribed to audible, this is the first narrator that I have just hated - her voice is lifeless and stilted and takes away from an already marginal book. The author was just not good enough to pull off this premise - too many silly or stereotypical details and not enough substance - and the narrator separates the listener even farther from the characters. This may be an OK book, but was a dud of a listen.
I had no trouble with the narrator, and thought the story was just fine. I was curious about how things would play out, as the author had painted himself into a number of corners, and, no doubt, would come up with some clever explanation for things that appeared to have happened.
Those that gave up on the book partway cheated themselves. They thought they were reading a bad book. Had they continued on to the end, though, they could have truly appreciated just what a horrible book this was.
When a reader expends a certain amount of time reading (or listening to) a story, the author should at least show a little respect for the reader. This author failed at that.
this is a very self centered book...lots of politically correct judgements (eg he is a vegetarian, therefore a good and thoughtful person). fairly predictable and boring...ie I did not find it interesting or stimulating. if it is true, I am very very sorry that she had to go through this event and it is nice that she funneled her energies to help others. that is noble
I was so annoyed with the narrator that I could not bear to go on. The story was lost on me due to the very slow, languid, almost condensing tone of voice of the narrator. I will note her name.
It was OK entertainment. But one of quoted the reviewers promised "a twist at the end that will leave you speechless." There was no twist at the end. In the first half of the book, there is some intrigue about where the plot is headed, but in the second half, the author makes it absolutely clear where it is going, and then delivers as promised. The reader is not one of the really great narrators, but I found her acceptable.
I listened to most of the book and then finally got hold of the hardcopy to speed it up. The plot reminds me of another psychological story I saw years ago. I felt played for a fool more with this story than I did that show. The protagonist splinters apart during the story and that is rather difficult to recognize. Somehow I don't remember this book as anything special. I f you really like the psychological details of some character than you might well like this alot. But me, I'd give it a pass.
I lost interest halfway through. The story doesn't build enough momentum to carry through to the end. It meanders and does nothing to heighten the mystery. Also, I wanted to slap the main character by the midpoint of the story.
I have read two of his other books which were quite dissimilar and very good - Skeletons at the Feast and Midwives. This book was many steps down in every way - plot lines that went nowhere, flimsy charactors. I am not even done quite yet, and I will finish, but I can't even believe it was written by the same guy. His publishers must have been hounding him to finish something. The homeless angle was lame.