The writing and the narrator were both big misses for me.
Maybe I could have tolerated the writing, but the narrator's reading of the story on top of the writing made the whole experience unbearable.
I will always give a narrator a second chance, but I will listen to the preview very carefully as well as read listener reviews.
I love books! They have always added so much to my world. Between being a busy mom, having a demanding career, and keeping my household running smoothly, I have zero free time to just sit and read a book. Audible allows me to keep up with my reading (or "reading") while I'm working or driving or cooking or cleaning the house. I enjoy that so much - I love Audible!
I don't know - a rewrite or better editing? It didn't make good sense to me and seemed disjointed. I never abandon a book once I start, even the really bad ones get finished. This one was almost a rare exception, I really couldn't stand it by the end.
For me the religious overtones and subject matter just didn't click. It came across as artificial and creepy - especially in the last 100 pages.
The narrator was fine. It was really the characters' literary voices that I found grating.
Honestly, it would be hard for me to know where to begin. The presentation of the protagonist wanting to "save" the (as described) virginal heroine just came across as creepy and unrelateable. If I wanted to read a bad, pulpy romance novel - I would have chosen one of those.
Maybe it just wasn't a good fit for my literary likes? I don't know, but I wouldn't buy anything written by this author again.
Stronger main characters; less soul-searching self-analysis of the characters. The first half of part 1 was decent; the second half of part 1 began to wane. It just got worse with part 2. My husband and I were in the car traveling and it made the trip seem to last forever. It was an unbelievable storyline and has to have one of the dumbest and least capable FBI agents I've ever encountered in a book; not a likable lead character.
Not from this genre because mystery/thrillers are my favorite. However, this is my first book by Ted Dekker. Since almost all other reviews thought this was a great book from the author, I assume this is representative of his work. We won't be getting any more of his books.
Narrator was fine.
Disappointment, boredom and "seriously?"
What is the term for worse than awful? I had high hopes for this book given the reviews. The plot was inspired but the execution was just plain bad. By the end of the book I wanted to kill them all off!
THE ABSOLUTELY WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER DOWNLOADED FROM AUDIBLE!!!! The writing is terrible, none of the characters are likable and the person who is reading the book is awful. It is torture to listen to, and I have chosen not to finish the book. I really gave it a try. Don't waste your money or your time. If I could give it less than one star I would.
I have never listened to such a piece of crap. Completely unbelievable and mind-numbingly repetitive. Waaaay too many characters, some of whom do nothing at all. Coulda been great--creepy villain, inventive way of killing--but just totally illogical actions and dialogue of and between characters. I will NEVER listen to anything else by Dekker.
I have read and listen to a few different Ted Dekker books and they are not my type. They start out good and plausible then spin out to fantasy land. They turn into a religious/higher being books. The books go from a believable book to a, you must believe in a higher power, blind faith book. I personally like realistic fiction books, not fantasy books. If it wasn't for the mentally-ill characters in The Bride Collector, I would not have been able to finish listening to this book. I don’t believe I will be reading or listening to any more of Ted Dekker’s work.
This book was so far-fetched with unbelievable characters that I can't believe I wasted my time listening to the entire book. I kept thinking it would get better &/or more believable. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
I agree with Betty & Kerry. It is poorly written and poorly read. Don't waste you money unless you like gruesome scenes.