Wonderful story! A page turner but without the pages. Had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. This is my first time I've heard of this author and I am so impressed with the storytelling. I look forward to reading more of her books.
I liked hearing about the things that had happened in the past, how Marie had fought, learning about the beliefs of the Gods and demon-like creatures, and how everything was incorporated into the modern day. I especially enjoyed hearing the characters as they went from searching for logical explanations, to suspicious dread, superstitious fears, and, finally, an acceptance of the supernatural. It followed the paths of each of the characters and their beliefs, or lack thereof, in a way that made sense.
It reminded me of "The Skeleton Key." An old house, supernatural happenings, characters who were stuck in their beliefs of what was logical and possible, and finally an acceptance of the unknown.
My favorite character was Marie Toussaint. Unfortunately, she has very little time in the book, but I enjoyed her character and learning more about her from what she left behind. She made some serious mistakes, and spends the rest of her life attempting to atone for them. So much so, that she continues even in death.
I loved this book. Loved the detail and the word work. It's a long listen but it is worth it
I really enjoy Due. And have been a fan for at least 10 years. This was the first Due Ive heard performed. Worth every minute. Miles' performance was entertaining through the end.
I really enjoyed this story. It is a true horror story with some very dark moments, even though you may not realize it in the first chapter or two. The horror fan in me was glad I stuck with it through the beginning until bad things started happening (it starts getting good at the 4th of July party). It was definitely worth it in the end.
My only real complaint was that the story was too long (and consequently, too slow). At 21+ hours, it is a real commitment. The last few hours are very exciting/thrilling and will definitely not disappoint you (which is always a risk when reading such a long book), but I feel like the story could have been told in about half the time. Even so, I'm definitely interested in reading other works by this author.
If you don't want tidy closings with all loose ends tied up, then you 'might' enjoy this book.
No, because I know that there are better stories and story tellers out there.
Performance was good and consistent.
I really disliked the way the author continued to repeat and rehash events over and over. It can work only if you add new information that is critical to the story line. I didn't find that to be true with this book.
The woman narrator was skilled, but at times, her acting the part of the Creole grandmother character went so far that it became almost a new language. Not a good thing in an audio book. Some of the names of gods and spells and spirits and the like were just too much coupled with that strong as can be accent. Most of her other characters were great and I liked this book a lot. Good October listen, but could have been creepier. Never really had me fearing for anyone for some reason. I just wanted to hear the tale.