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.
Solid narration brings the listener on a journey to the dark past and the dire future. An interesting and compelling read that manages to bring the horror and history of the tale to life without being bogged down in unnecessary details or descriptions which allows the story to move along at a satisfying clip. Well worth a credit investment
After reading the description of this book I was intrigued and looking forward to reading it but, I had to frankly make myself finish it. I found it boring and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I really enjoyed "So Cold The River" and I nominate it for absolutely the best title! It caught my attention when I was browsing for books.
I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Petkoff's reading/narration. I loved that the lead character was flawed---and then how he evolves at the end---a beautifully done character arc.
And a terrific premise about the waters like some magical heroin. Wonderful writing.
If you are going to write a "twilight" style book, I think you have an obligation to warn people. I hate that type of book, but on the Promo from audible wasted one of my credits on this book.
Although this book was not what I was expecting, it was worth the time and money. I recommended it to a friend and forewarned her it was totally different than anything I had listened to before, and to beware that it takes a strange and crazy turn right out of the chute! It was a book I won't soon forget.
Anne putting on heels on her way to see . . . can't spoil it!
The one mentioned above, along with the curious interview Eric has with the bedridden elderly gentleman early in the book - again, no spoilers here.
Anne, so graceful in her old age and so brave in the face of her losses, threats of violence, and primal fear of storms. She'll stay with me.
This is a really good ghost story made even better by the unique location and well-drawn characters. Very different than the other books I've read by Koryta, and what a difference a reader makes. (I wish Petkoff read the Lincoln Perry series as well - I get tired of Scott Brick very quickly). Anyway this was extremely well read and the unusual production integrated music and sound effects beautifully, in a way that greatly enriched my experience of the story. Also must mention the poignant violin piece "Short Trip Home" played by Josh Bell which haunts the reading throughout. I had to download it from Itunes as soon as it was identified in the authors' acknowledgments. I became a fan of Koryta's with "Those Who Wish Me Dead" and this one sealed the deal.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
There's not much to say for this book. There's just not much there.
The villain is built up as being a man of pure evil but we never see him be anything but the dullest kind of thug. We are never given any reason why a curse from him should be taken seriously or why he's special enough to manage to come back from death. The author tells you that there is magic every other paragraph but he never shows you any beyond water caused hallucinations.
The only promising aspect of this tale is the connection between the main character and the personality of the secondary villain. But it's never fulfilled or brought fully out.
It reads like it was meant to be on the inside of a hotel brochure. Judging by the author's note this is the spirit in which is was written as well.