The combination of narrator, who sounds like she is reading aloud to a kindergarten class, and the writing which is full of cliches and is unnecessarily descriptive, makes this book almost unbearable.
The main character is uninteresting. She's the stranger that you get stuck next to on a long plane trip who just won't stop talking. Her pseudo-philosophizing is naive and childish - though it doesn't seem to be the author's intention that the character should come across this way.
The main character, Ridley, talks to the reader throughout the book, saying things like, "I know what you're thinking". It's very irritating because she seems to assume that the readers are as unintelligent and one dimensional as she is.
"I know what you're thinking". Oh, really? Because, what I was thinking was, "This book is pretty bad!"
This book is slow - slow as a two legged dog with a thick curly black coat of medium length that is starting to grey a bit and whose perfectly round hazel eyes suggest somehow that he is wiser than he lets on. A dog that in his youth could chase a rabbit for nearly a mile with unyielding strength and determination like a hungry prize fighter . . .
Get the idea? The writer's over-use of descriptives and simile bog this book down to the point of being unlistenable. Detail is good when it paints a scene that is relevant to moving the story line or understanding the characters. Hers don't do either, they just drone on without pupose. Skip it.
If you become highly conscious of the writing style, the book is either very well written or very poorly. I had just finished three books by Adrian McKinty and any book would have had a hard time following that act. This one was not a gentle letdown, however.
Forget this book if you care about literature (or entertainment for that matter). Buy one of the McKinty books if you have not done so already.
If Ridley look at herself in the mirror and realized something one more time I was going to lose it. This writer was like listening to someone that likes to hear the sound of their own voice. I wonder if all the excruciating detail was an excuse to fill pages.
Couldn't get into this at all, pretty much sucked. I read another Lisa Unger book, it was better but just OK.
The narrator and the story itself
Yes. It was interested how the author uncovered the secret incrementally.
Jake - he was truely the victim of the system as well as the power driven characters in the book
The way Ridley's mom was treated by men in general. Made me feel sorry for her.
Lisa Unger is a great author.
The plot is interesting and the narrator has an educated accent and nice voice. I enjoyed this listen very much. Only in the final conclusion does it get a bit corny/predictable, but the overall experience was very positive! Thanks!
The description that was so well done about the events of our lives and how we mesh with other lives. Those random acts, either knowningly, or unknowingly, that we perform each day. The ability to let one event in your life lead to other, more significant events.
It was well done.
There were some tedious parts that you wanted to scream and tell her to stop being so stupid, etc. After listening to the book, I checked out the written version at the library and reread some of the thoughts and ideas that stuck with me. The ideas about your lives (and karma) that intersect with others in such a profound way. It made me stop and take a look at my actions and consequences. I am currently studying Buddism, and this was a timely look into the practice.
The story was so-so. The narrator was great. A really fantastic voice brought to the main character Ridley. Just sort of a cheesy romance novel mixed with a little thriller and intrigue. Somewhat simple plot line. I give it a C+. I wish I'd rented from the library rather than pay for it.
I hope not. I LOVE a good thriller. Purchased after I read the critics reviews. Not always helpfull.
All - she is an excellent narrator!!
I sort of just wanted to get to the end. It was easy to see how the story would unfold. No specific emotion - frustration?!?
To be honest, I don't remember how I came to purchase this book. It may have been a sale item, or a suggestion based on what I have previously purchased. Whatever the reason, I am really glad I had the opportunity to listen to this story.
My past listens include one of the Harry Potter books, DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, Secret Life of Bees, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and others.
I wanted something to break up the first two books of the Larsson triology (dragon tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire).
When I first started to listen, I thought the same thing that a previous reviewer wrote - the writing is very descriptive and quite flowery. There are a lot of similies and imaginative description. At first I wondered if it was too much, but I found that it all painted a very nice picture of the scenes and characters while I listened and tried to imagine how everything looked.
The story quickly grabbed my interest and I was held in the palm of her hand all the way through. This unabridged version ran about 13 hours and took me about two weeks to complete. I listen during my commute to the city.
As a side note, I found myself driving more slowly to increase the amount of the story I could hear on a given drive and my gas milage improved by almost enough to cover the cost of the book!
I definitely recommend the book and I now have the follow up in my queue I am really looking forward to it :-)