The thing about books like this, is that they are basically a really long riddle. The point is more about where you end up, and less about where you went along the way. Shutter Island does a nice job of making the journey an exciting one. You're aware, all along that ultimately, there's a twist coming and you do your best to decipher it before it's revealed. Once it finally is, the resolution itself is quite satisfying if only slightly contrived. All in all... a pretty good read and far, far better than the movie.
I love Dennis Lehane's work! Shutter Island was no exception! I was left guessing all the way to the end. I even saw the movie after listening to the book and although it never compares, it too was good. I recommend this book!
Good book, well narrated. I would recommend this. Thanks to Audible for having this in their store. I love audible.com
A gripping story that will keep you listening at all hours. Really enjoyed the story and the characters. Narrator was superb. Strongly recommend.
This was an extremely entertaining listen. Honestly, this is one of those books I'm glad I listened to versus reading. Very dramatic, lots of atmosphere, with plenty of good, creepy twists. The narrator was superb. My only complaint is the lack of depth. Defines scary ride. 3.5 stars
Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.
I really enjoyed this book! The narrative was vivid and engaging, and I was drawn into the world on Shutter Island completely. I know that this is a popular movie, and normally I would read rather than watch the story but I do want to see what the movie version lools like -- the mood was so much a part of the story. The narration was wonderful -- would recommend to anyone for a great weekend read/listen.
I haven't seen the movie yet. But before reading it (listened) I'd seen the movie trailer and some pictures of it. The trailer was excellent, so when my audible credit arrived, I just download the book. The fact that it was written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), gave me some additional guarantee.
Now, I think this is a brilliant book, really good, but it's also a brilliant movie script. This book screams CINEMA from start to end.
I think I had some little spoilers before reading it and the image of DiCaprio's and some of the other characters just moulded my imagination while listening to it.
I'm sure this is a really great movie, but now that I've listened to the book, the spoilers are huge, specially because this is one of those movies/books with a great twist in the end.
Pick you poison, you have two great options.
This audiobook was great. There were times when I couldn't stop listening. I had seen the movie first, so I kinda knew what to expect, but as usual the book was in greater detail. Some of the language I could have done without. Over all I would listen to this again and have recommended to friends. Audiobooks are great for long trips, or "rush hour" traffic (only if you have the plug in to listen in your car)
A fun roller coaster ride. Enjoyed it very much. I had figured the mystery out before the big reveal, but that's part of the fun too. Well read.