This is my second Koryta book, after a surprisingly wonderful time reading "So Cold the River" - this one is not as good, but still well worth the money and the time to listen. Koryta's at his best when he's not playing in Steven King's sandbox, and unfortunately, this book spends a little too much time there, drawing comparisons that are unfair, but there all the same.
The story's good, the historical context is interesting, and the reading is pretty good too, though the producer's heavy-handed use of a scary sound effect every time something scary happens is a bit silly - this doesn't detract too much from the experience but is kind of a facepalmer. It happens a lot at the beginning, which may turn you off, but then it calms down. I'd read another Koryta book, hands down, and finished this one in about a week, so minor gripes aside, it was one of the better ones I found on Audible this year.
This was a great read! It is also my first from Michale Koryta, but not my last. I found the characters believable with their flaws and even Arlen's ability to see death; which definitely underscores Koryta's writing skill. I loved the1930s Florida setting and the way you thought you knew what was going to happen and then realized you were just a bit off. The narrator did a terrific job in differenciating the various characters so you could "see" how they were interacting. If you enjoy mysteries set in the first half of the twentieth century, I believe you will find this author and narrator a wonderful combination. Try it!
This is the first audiobook I've heard in which sounds/music are insterted at specific points for dramatic effect. It was a little odd and distracting, but didn't ruin the story. The characters grew on me and I listened straight through, finishing it in two days, because I wanted to know what happened to them. That tells you a lot right there. The "bad guys" in the story are very evil indeed, while the "good guys" are normal, flawed individuals just trying to find their way to a little happiness in life. The protagonist's strange "gift" of knowing when someone is going to die adds a supernatural level; a gimmick to make the story work.
A great thriller! The performance was well done. Well paced and conveying the intent of the writer.
Don't start this book at bedtime, unless you want to have a few nightmares.
This is my first Koryta novel, but it won't be my last. I loved the performance, the style in which it was written and the book overall. This book caught my attention from the first and kept it going. I could not wait to listen to it after work, in the car, before I went to work. My husband asked if I would ever take the buds out of my ears. Cypress House was just that good to me. I liked the way the characters were built, capturing their essence was not hard to do. And while there were some things I expected, there were a lot that I didn't. Thanks for writing such a good Book Mr. Koryta.
yes. It was not hard to keep up with, which made the book most enjoyable. Once I had an idea of the danger the charaters were in, it was easier to find characters more likable.
What I truly enjoyed was the way he did the various voices. None were a stretch for me to imagine. Even Ms. Katie's voice was good, not too falsetto the way some male performers do female voices. And while this isn't really about his performance, I liked the way the additional sounds worked within the story. It was a great blend to listen too.
I was especially moved when Wagoner understood his father and went to visit him
If you like a good suspense, I suggest this one,
Online Grad Student, I prefer audiobooks to bound books. Preferences: history, disasters, Preston/Child, Lee Child
Good story of a man with a gift who finds himself in the middle of a criminal enterprise in Depression Era Florida. The characters are nuanced, the writing is bold and emotional. The plot twists and turns and the ending is surprising. Well narrated by Robert Petkoff.
This is the second Koryta book I have read and unfortunately they carry a B-movie feel. The dialogue is a little forced and the characters are unrealistic. The narrator doesn't help either. It makes it hard to 'buying in' to the story, when you have to look past the eye-rollingly awkward points. The author has imaginative ideas and good twists... I just wish he would partner with another writer to round off the edges. I liked 'The Ridge' better. Worth the listen if you're in the mood for something different.
While I enjoyed the book, I dislike the use of sound effects. This audiobook often inserts creepy music whenever something supernatural is occurring. Let the words the author wrote tell the tale.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This was a top notch thriller with a touch of the supernatural that added a bit of spookiness, yet did not ruin the effect of the story. The pacing kept us moving forward, the characters were complex enough to believe in and the climax was tense, keeping me on the edge of my seat. The reader was very good, giving distinct voices to each character although he did struggle with the female voices a bit. This was my first book by this author, but I will certainly check out other titles.
Sometimes you cannot avoid what has been prophesied no matter what you do. Michael Koryta weaves story within a story with fitness. Each character is well defined and integrated into the story.