There were many things about this book that initially appealed to me. But the narrative - told from the viewpoint of a woman who doubts her sanity, as we do - was so loose that the plot threads just got lost. It takes a brilliant writer to hold one's attention while the characters ramble, and while this author's style, knowledge of various subjects and vivid sex scenes may have enough appeal to overcome this for some readers, it left me waiting for the end.
A troubled narrator makes some things inherently difficult, but I didn't think that she ever found her voice. The obsessions, water and animal imagery, gender issues, etc., were heavy handed and obscured the relationships that could have been a major strength of the book. In the end, I never really cared about any of the characters enough to want to untangle the story.
i try this book twice but could not follow the story at all
the bee keeper apprentice
she was ok
Hearing this story was a great experience. Suzy Jackson does a great job interpreting Imp. I think that interpreting such a character is quite complex due to the mental confusion she experiences. I love the fact that she is able to portray the voices of all the characters in a different manner and give each one its deserved uniqueness.
Can't put my finger on why I was not too crazy about this book, sort of hard to follow at times. Kept thinking to myself, get to the point already. Very good narration though!
The synopsis of this book sounded very interesting. But I started to fall asleep as soon as I started listening. I got 5 hours into it and just crashed. The story is too slow to start and the narrator spends an ungodly amount of time explaining how crazy, she, herself is. Two hours of explaining her crazy! After 5 hours I have no idea where the story is going, what it is really about or why I should care about anyone in it. It rambles and rambles and rambles. I simply cannot believe it was nominated for a Nebula Award. I would like to know if anything actually happens in the book so I'll get a paper copy from the library so that I can skip through all the tripe and get to the end. Dreadful book.
Absolutely. This novel was very interesting and kept me guessing. I listened to it a few weeks ago and plan on listening to it again very soon. I loved the characters. I loved the way things were structured (and unstructured).
Imp's schizophrenia felt very real. It was haunting and powerful. It gave the listener insight into what goes through a malfunctioning brain.
I've never listened to her other performances but this one was very good. I'd had some false starts with other audio books sounding too robotic and clunky. Suzy sounded human and warm, despite the harrowing text. She gave life to IMP and the others. Fantastic job.
I was moved several times, but not huge drastic movements. It isn't like there is one moment where the author and reader moved a mountain deep in me. It was subtle movements, that, over time, demonstrated that a mountain had moved.
It was powerful and challenging. Some people find the lack of structure at times to be frustrating. I am not one of those people. If you find that unconventional story telling works for you, you'll likely enjoy this. If you need things to follow typical story formats, then maybe look elsewhere (or give it a shot and see what happens).
Plot is not lineal enough, floats around and repeats itself, truly boring. This story was making me insane, had to stop a quarter of the way through.
Needed to get to the point ,or points earlier. Nor have I been able to develope any empathy for Imp. She's unrealistic, I have relatives and friends who suffer from schizophrenia and are on medication, they are neither isolated nor vacant as this character is portrayed.
Maybe if I was desperate
went on way to much in circles... had no idea who was who
Disapointment that I had spent my credit on this.
It began well, but then devolved into a androphobic rant, poorly constructed and uninteresting.
No, Im a fan of horror literature.
Her character interpretation is supberb. she manages to give voice to both the main character as well as the other characters, she is delightful to listen to.
Yes: Never to read another Caitlin R. Kiernan book. Ever.
Read something else, this crap is foul, pretentious and boring. You better swallow chipped glass than waste your time reading this piece of lesbic manure.
better plot content to keep the listener interested
iOneida would scrap the book or at least change the angle