This is an original and totally brilliant book. There is nothing I can tell you that would not be a spoiler. You'll just have to read it
i love too read and have people read to me...
this one was hard to get through. i got it during the paperback sale, so for five bucks; not a complete waste. the narration isn't bad, and the story isn't either. it's just one of those listens that drags... a rare case where the movie is actually better than the book. i gave it three stars because i got it for cheap. if i had paid full price, i would have rated it lower.
I enjoyed most of this book, a fin de siecle novel of magic and vengeance. The insertion of the historical figure of Nikola Tesla adds an interesting science fiction twist buts ends up venturing into an implausible supernatural realm which I found anticlimactic and unsatisfying. The film adaptation of the novel wisely left out the distracting and ultimately unconvincing parallel modern story-line. Indeed, the film, as I recall it from a viewing several years ago, bears only a passing resemblance to the book--maybe I missed many of its subtler points. I'll have to see it again to know for sure.
I bought this book because I loved the movie so much. I am very glad I watched the movie first because it would nearly have been impossible to follow without it. With that said, it is an intriguing story and worth listening to.
It was slow at first and I didn't find the characters very likeable. At times I wanted to stop listening and start another book. It does build in suspense toward the end, but I thought the ending, although it answered some questions, wasn't really a resolution.
This novel, while well written and well read by the narrator, is long, slow going. I believe the length and pace of the narrative is supposed to be justified by the "surprise" ending. I found that the final "twist" was not worth the journey to reach it.
Usually if I do not like a book half way through, I will NOT finish it. I acutally finished this book - constantly waiting for the story like to pick up... it does NOT... Sorry but most of this book was long winded babble.
Interesting narration in the first person perspective as if from a diary. Also the comments on magic were interesting (for a total of 30 minutes). But I can NOT recommend listeners because it wastes your time with most of its blather.