The book jumped around so much that I could never get into it. It was very promising but not for me. Could not finish it.
Average Sounding. Not inspiring.
This book was the worst one I have listened to ever! I somehow managed to listen to the whole thing, despite my better judgement, in the vain hope that something would start to make sense or have any redeeming features by the end.
the Narrator did a really good job though.
I have no idea why anyone would ever like this book, although I know it is quite popular, maybe I am just clueless, but the writing style, the content, and the pacing of the book irritated the crap out of me. This book really made me mad!!
I really liked the story, which meanders back and forth across fantasy/hallucination, supernatural occurrence, and everyday experience -- while somehow being impossible to stop listening to. The unreliable narrator-protagonist, a mentally ill young artist, India Morgan Phelps aka Imp reveals her slow unraveling through her accounts of being haunted -- by an archetype first glimpsed in a turn-of-the-century painting of a mermaid. The haunting-thriller-quasi-horror thing isn't usually my cup of tea, but this was intelligent and creepy and doesn't have a pat ending. Recommended if you're up for something new.
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!
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.