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,
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.
After reading Michael Koryta's Lincoln Perry series my husband and I were eager for more from this author. Unfortunately this is as far from Lincoln Perry as can be. This is a paranormal tale and not at all what we were expecting. If paranormal and not murder mystery is for you this might be good for you, but we didn't like it at all.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
When I read that Dean Koontz loves this authors books I had to try them and I was not disappointed! Really intense characters, great plot and the actors portraying the parts did a really good job! Michael Koryta is definately on my must read list from now on!