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.
I did like the underlying premise of seeing/talking with the dead as it was unusual for this genre but would have been interesting in a science fiction story as well as a mystery. The mysterious boarding house at a remote Gulf Coast seaside in the mid 30's was also quite nice and added to the drama. What I found frustrating, and at times quite so, was the seemingly out of character response/reactions of the lead character. I recall shutting down the Ipod while listening to the story on my trip only to have to turn it back on again because I hadn't loaded another book. My mistake! I don't know if the responses might have "sounded" more realistic had a different tone been used by the narrater but even if that were true it would not have made up for some of the reactions scripted by the author for the main character. Overall, in my mind the book had a much better than average premise and location but a main character who did not seem to react in character much of the time.
I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.
I tried to get into this book, I even made it far past the halfway point. But, I just got tired of all the bad choices and secrets that the characters kept from one another. I figure that if I spend a good amount of time thinking "What the hell are you thinking?" or getting aggravated when a character does or doesn't do something or does or doesn't say something it's time to put the book to bed. I read (listen) for pleasure and relaxation, not to get my blood pressure up. The one bright star in the time spent on this book was that the narrator is a good one.
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So exciting that I read it all at once. The story of Florida people during the depression of the 1930s and how they deal with an oppressive county government. One of them can see into death and the author effectively incorporates that into the story. Th exciting and surprise conclusion lasts for 1-2 hours-prolonging the suspense. Kortya--ya dun gud!
This was a disappointment. Although it was atmospheric and had some good writing, it was overly long and, even more detrimental, there was no emotional depth to the characters. Even the good performance by Robert Petkoff didn't redeem it.
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,