I found this book depressing. I don't need to be brought down by disfunctional characters. The story went nowhere except down and then out of control. What's the point?
Sorry, found the female narrator sing-songy.
For some reason, I find it hard to put down a book, even when I'm not enjoying it. I have to give the author a chance to put some hook in the story that will give me reason to keep listening. I hated this book from early on, but I preserved because I have never read an "Oprah" selection that I didn't enjoy. I even loved Edward Sawtelle, which many others panned because it didn't have a happy ending. The difference here is that there was no redeeming qualities about either of the primary characters. They even bring those around them to despicable behavior. I don't mind when characters meet an unhappy ending, but I at least want to like them. Give me someone to root for.
I enjoyed the character development and found that insightful. However, the total ineptitude of all of the characters was so unbelievable that I did not want to finish the book. I finished it anyway and was left feeling empty. Perhaps these types of people exist, but I would like to think not.
This book was recommended to me by my creative writing professor, and it got such high ratings here that I expected it to be great. It was BORING. I got about 3/4 of the way through it when I just couldn't listen anymore. I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters, and the plot didn't seem to be going anywhere. I was very surprised and disappointed that this novel was so bad.
On the positive side, the author is very talented in his writing style. The beginning of the book was fine. I finished the book because of the quality of the writing, but I wish I hadn't. The main characters were despicable. As the story went on, I became sickened by their selfish, antisocial behavior. It became more and more unrealistic as the choices that the characters made became more and more outlandish. Not that people couldn't be reduced to such bad behavior; but for all 3 of these characters to be willing to engage in grossly antisocial and dangerous actions, is implausible. I kept hoping that somehow the story would come to a reasonable conclusion, and that one of them would find a way to some form of redemption. My final reaction to the story was so strong that I had a hard time listening to another book when I thought it was the voice of this female narrator. The narrator's voice was fine, but I couldn't stand to be reminded of the story. It was very depressing.
While i liked the suspense that built up though this book.. the characters and plot line reminded me of a Dick Tracy comic book .. ( any body remember Dick Tracy? )
The simple theme of " one's actions and decisions affect many others and the consequences are soemtimes huge".. is an ok premise..
the ending... isnt an ending.. and isnt even that thoughtful .. also
The beginning of this track says it is presented by Audible KIds.. I would have some serious doubts about any kids under 17 listening to the violence, sex talk and raw language in this book.. so dont.
Audible is a life saver -- and a life changer!
Dubus makes a few ordinary people's stories fascinating by showing the (sometimes crazy) rationale behind their choices. It's engrossing from the start but it's no joy-ride.
It opens on a scene that puts the main characters on their personal trajectories and never deviates from those paths, even when they collide. A small part of me held out for a Hollywood ending but I was gratified and truly shocked to see that Dubus held fast to his characters' fates.
I left off a star because the stated reasons for Burdon's commitment to Kathy were weak, borrowed from the lips of a lonely man in a bar; any guy, any bar. He was essential but he never rang true.
It's the sort of story where the plot is revealed through each of the character's choices and if you enjoy that, then House of Sand and Fog will give you a super read.
The way the writer showes both sides of a conflict in a way that there are no "Good Guy vs Bad Guy" effect and puts you inside the charicters heads is truley amazing. This is a gut rinching tail. Do not read it for the ending, read it for the juorny, but read it, you will not be sorry