The story was wonderfully suspensful and never boring. The narration is one of the very best I have heard in an audio book. The background music in significant parts of the narration just added to the mystery and suspense of the story. Could not stop listening!
Creepy without being gory or actually scary, kind of like the old Twilight Zone shows. I consider this a good thing. This one is not as good as The Cypress House or The Ridge, but worth a listen. The narration is excellent.
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I'll begin by telling you that the only thing that kept me from abandoning 'So Cold the River' at about the halfway mark was Robert Petkoff's superb narration. Despite Koryta's mastery of no-scene-wasted construction, I kept feeling as though the story was meandering. While the story has an excellent plot, sub plots and themes which Koryta ties up into a satisfying resolution, I kept wanting to shake him, "get on with it, willya???"
While I enjoyed the experience, listening to 'So Cold the River' never really grabbed me.
This book is very atmospheric--it's not a "jump out of your seat" kind of scary book, but it builds up a level of creepiness as you listen. The narration was well done--didn't detract from the story at all. It is the first Michael Kortya book I've listened to but I will definitely look for other titles from him. I didn't get anything accomplished after downloading this title because all I wanted to do was listen to the story.
I ran across this as a recommendation from Stephen King. I don't always agree with his choices but this one did not disappoint. Great reader and interesting story. If you like a historical education with your stories then you will not be disappointed. I remember when the French Lick resorts were first restored and I always found it interesting that they would restore a resort out in the middle of nowhere. Now I have a better appreciation for the history and the place. It makes me want to go there next time I am through Indiana but it isn't cheap!
This book got me right out of the gate and never let go. I don't feel like it ever lost momentum and I was disappointed when it was over. Since finishing up a couple series I've been listening to since joining Audible over 2 years ago, I seem to have a hard time finding new books to check out. I'm very glad I stumbled upon this one. As has been said, the narration and production, incl. the music, were fabulous. There's nothing worse than bad narration to completely ruin what may have been a good story! I highly recommend this book.
although I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the concept of someone being able to see lives through the camera lens, I got ever so tired of the lead character's headache. The book seemed to go on and on. By the end, I really didn't care what was going on with the water.
I loved this book and could not stop listening. It has the right amount of character development to go along with a very original story. Production quality is terrific! Violin music and sound effects enhance the narration and add a subtile magical mood. Robert Petkoff is a skilled narrator with a pleasing voice. The whole listening experience in this audible book is much better than simply reading it yourself. Past and present are woven together through the haunting visions of the main character. Believe it or not, I was listening to the end of this book during a very loud thunder storm... The storm in the book echoed what what going on around me! I am looking forward to more from Michael Koryta! Don't forget to look up the violinist, Joshua Bell's music. It has such soul.
I have visited the West Baden Hotel many times. This book captures the mysterious, haunted feeling of the resort and then reimagines it in a way that I loved. Definitely worth a listen!