I've listened to nearly a hundred audio books and I'm pretty forgiving. I have enjoyed most of them more than I expected. This one, though, suffered on numerous fronts. The narrator was good for some characters but painful for others. The story was OK but the writing and characterizations were pedestrian at best. I found myself rolling my eyes dozens of times -- especially when the book tried to develop a back story that I was supposed to care about. I found it very unrewarding by the end.
I have not read any other books by this author, so I was a little lost with the recurring characters. I found that their personal storylines were never resolved adequately, and this was the most bothersome aspect of the book for me. Even in serial novels, issues introduced are usually re-addressed or resolved within that book. This one left them wide open.
The main plot and writing were great and fully entertaining. The last hour, you won't want to turn off and it *does* leave you guessing somewhat. There is some suspension of disbelief and the end was a little hokey (just one part), but it did not affect the overall quality and suspense of the book.
I had few problems with the narrator. She lost accents and character voices rather quickly, so it was difficult occasionally to follow who was speaking, but those moments were few and far between. In general, I found her tempo was perfect and her tone never grating.
In short, this was worth the purchase price.
The darting back and forth lost my interest. The problem could be the subject matter, the narrative or me. I can't recommend this one on audible.
This is a very well written book, and quite enjoyable!
I am not a fan of books about "EVIL" and the darkside, but I heard the book was worth it, so I gave it a shot.
My only knock on the audiobook is the reading. Due to the way the book was written, it was difficult to determine who was speaking until you were a few minutes into the persona. The book should have had multiple readers. Plus, her Boston accent is atrocious. The only thing worse than a Boston accent is a bad impression of a Boston accent :)
Overall; however, a very enjoyable audiobook!
I was disappointed in this novel. There were no plot twists of any significance and the ending was a yawn. Time was wasted on details that could have been presented in 1/3 the time without sacrifice to story line. Might I call it padding? I found the references and uses of ancient symbology interesting although they turned out to have precious little impact on the plot. I smell a series coming but I won't be reading.
The characters are not believable. Story lines get started and never get finished. The narrator does an aweful job with the voices. Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?
I was definitely enveloped by this story, loved the way it was written. You get to experience the perspectives of the various characters. You'll get to know them so well that their actions will seem so natural to you, not fake and fiction. The suspense will keep you listening! I must admit that I did double check my door/window locks every night while I was listening to this book!
Predictable characters. Silly story-line. After the 30 minute explanation of the substance of chalk, where it came from, what's in it and what it's used for, I gave up.
Should have been titled: overly dramatic super women in a world of bumbing men
I liked the story idea, but don't feel that it was very well thought out, or put together. Also, I found it very difficult to understand the characters. I felt that they were all over simplified and not very believable/realistic. As the book wore on, I found myself hoping that the killer would get to them all. This book came highly reccomended to me, but I can not pass that reccomendation along as I found it to be a fairly poor listen.