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).
Not at all
This was not coherent writing. It reminded me of words thrown randomly at paper and then called a story
Disappointment and the anger at the time and book credit I wasted. I want my credit back
Don't waste time you can't get back.
coherent story? I kept waiting for a theme, or something to actually happen.
i am really not sure. it reminded me of my wife droning on to me about doing yardwork, cleaning the garage, emptying the dishwasher, etc.. until I just tuned it out....
i enjoyed the narrator - it is the only reason i made it about half way thru the book.
dissapointment. I like all the neal gaeman stories, and hoped this would be some type of derevitive. I never connected with this book, character, or anything else.
This is one of the few times that reviews led me wrong in selecting a book. I read audiobooks for a good story. I read them to enlighten me. I read them to entertain me. I read them to open my mind to something I haven't considered before. I am having a hard time knowing why I listened to this entire book. This book had no redeeming quality that I can identify.
I don't get you people who reviewed and said this was a moving experience. To me this seemed to be the ramblings of a schizophrenic's fantasy world. I did agree that many of the characteristics of IMP in the story were typical of schizophrenia. But let me just say that the flight of ideas of a psychotic mind does not make a good story. To sum up the book in a nutshell: A struggling schizophrenic goes off her meds and has a wild fantasy of having a lesbian sexual relationship with an evil ghost. Then she gets better. I just saved you 13 hrs and 13 seconds of frustration...
I will say that the narrator does a good job in the story. Otherwise, I wish that I hadn't listened to all the glowing reviews and had saved my credit for a better book.
start from the beginning and change the whole plot
get better ideas for a story
The idea of a mentally challenged girl isnt all that new so lets make her a Lesbian, that'll do it!
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.