I really think this is one of my favorite books of all time. I have had it for quite a while, and I often go back to it to listen again. This story drew me in like no other has (except maybe Stephen King's The Cell or Mark Tufo's Spirit Clearing). I am very familiar with the setting of this story, and have stayed in both the West Baden and the French Licks hotels long before finding this novel. I always thought Pluto was a haunting creature, and you can feel the spirits among you.
Eric - He is totally convinced he knows what he is doing, and he forges through in spite of all the elements against him.
I loved the scene where the little old lady is taken captive. She's quit spunky.
Yes, but it was way too long to listen in one sitting.
Get it. If you like entertaining, spiritual and supernatural elements, you will love it.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Brevity would have helped this read, but that doesn't make it a bad one. The author belabored the plot in such a way that I found myself wanting to fast forward to the next piece of action. The characters were great, the descriptions of the settings superb, it was just the pace of the unfolding of the story and resolution of the mystery that had me wanting.
It is hard to know what the problem is with this--writing? performance?.
The sort of "folksy" writing veers into the ridiculous. While the plot is theoretically interesting, the phrasing veers into pomposity so frequently that it is impossible to stay with the story.
I've heard so much about Koryta and this book in particular, I was very excited to see for myself. I cannot understand why anyone who cares about writing was interested in this book.
So over the top. The voice of the villain is ridiculous. While he can handle the "normal" characters, when he goes into the the villian's voice it is so incredibly ludicrous that it makes it nearly impossible to listen to the book.
Laughably bad. Trite, predictable.
I live about 40 minutes from Springs Valley so this book was like dejavu.....made me want to go walk in the woods, ride the train and just walk the halls of the hotel.....loved loved loved the style of this writer....kept you so interested throughout the entire book.....and with the audio....and the sound effects....gave me chills sometimes down your back. I'd like to read another one of this author I think...he was so interesting
Great story and was a little scary, a little historical and very entertaining. I was never quite sure what was going to happen.
The old lady character was very memorable.
No I haven't but I really enjoyed this one.
It stuck in my mind for weeks afterwards.
No, I haven't read the print version, so I can't say.
The elderly woman who tracked storms. It is refreshing to have an old woman who wasn't a stereotype. She had intense interests and important insights.
I could have. As it was, I listened to it very quickly.
The narrator did a very good job. It's interesting how some of the male narrators are able to pull off the female voices. I don't know when Michael Koryta wrote this book, he needs a little more seasoning.
The book kept me interested. I would get up early in the morning to listen as I got ready for work but was disappointed toward the end. It became a little repetitive and the ending was abrupt and not very satisfying.
I haven't heard his other perfomances but he's a plus for audible books.
Yes, if only to hear the violin music.
Pulls you in
The main character, Eric. He evolves from a self pitying, angry, borderline alcoholic who locks anyone out of his life that tries to help him or in the case of his wife, Claire, who also loves him. The supernatural events that happen to Eric help him to see into the past but eventually also bring him to the point where he sheds his emotional protective armor and reconnect with the world.
The voice of Campbell Bradford is menacing, cold and perfect.
You never know what's behind the wind.
This is a captivating story of transformation for a washed up film maker, an orphaned 14 year-old boy, and a lonely,elderly woman. A tale that weaves in and out of the past and present but is bound together by the cloudy, mysterious water in a green bottle that seems to have a life of its own.
This is one of those books where at the end I feel like nothing really happened. The big reveal, such as it was, was just disappointing and lame. It wasn't scary in the least (one slightly creepy scene near the beginning notwithstanding). And the protagonist was clearly an immature jerk... maybe that's on purpose but it doesn't really make the book more readable for me.