I have always enjoyed Barclay's books, and was anxiously awaiting the publication of this one.I admit that I immediately downloaded it and started listening to it, the moment it was available here on Audible. Well, after hearing the narrator announce that I had made it to chapter 12, and I was still finding, "Trust Your Eyes," to be slow, uninteresting and peopled with only one character I liked, that being the briefly appearing psychiatrist, I asked my husband what he thought. He said he thought I would never ask, judging it to be tedious. So I did the thing I do rarely, I deleted it.
"The Accident," had been so fast moving, so engaging, from the very beginning, this one was, for me, a major disappointment. Should I have finished it, prior to reviewing it? Maybe, but I think by chapter 12, I should be interested in what is happening, or at least wondering about what will be happening...but I was not. I don't like writing negative reviews, and usually just write about the books I love, but I had read the reviews on Amazon, and almost everyone seemed to think this book was the best Barclay book they had ever read, which confounded me. Perhaps Audible listeners will feel the same, and it will wind up with a wondrous rating, but not from me. There are far too many books out there that do engage me from the very beginning, and whose narrators add to the enjoyment of the listening experience, and i did not find that the two narrators of "Trust Your Eyes," added any enjoyment or excitement. Okay, maybe it all started revving up in chapter 12; maybe the crazy brother and his older brother, who is trying to deal with the map and Internet obsessed brother, stop their repetitive conversations and begin to be relentlessly chased at a mind boggling pace and I would have been unable to tear myself away to feed my face...although I don't think I would have cared. (BTW, the schizo brother believes he has an ongoing relationship with the government, via Bill Clinton...so he sort of lost me, right there.) Maybe the bad girl waitress, looking to lie money out of her mom or blackmail money out of a rich lover with political aspirations will wind up to be the possible victim of foul play we first hear of at the very beginning of the book, but I definitely have next to no empathy for her; she is far too much like people I have been hit up by. I usually appreciate Barclay's victims often being people who are less than lily white, but in this instance, I was not intrigued...I was just bored by it all. I must be getting jaded in my old age, but this sure did not do it for me, and I am not investing any more time in it; there are far too many books out there that will keep me interested and anxiously listening, nonstop, to the very end, to spend one more moment on "Trust Your Eyes,"
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4 1/2 stars all the way across.
I have enjoyed two other books by Linwood Barclay. This one was a great listen, with a really unique plot that had unexpected twists and never disappointed me, all the way through. Thomas Kilbride, diagnosed schizophrenic, seemed more to me like he had Asperger's syndrome, possibly with a bit of savant thrown in. His ability to memorize maps was extraordinary. However, he admitted to hearing voices and was being treated by a psychiatrist, so it appeared he was a high functioning schizophrenic, too.
I particularly like the relationship between the two brothers and how it improved over the period of the story into something more positive. The behavior of the characters was quite believable for the most part, despite the high number of murders occurring over the course of the story. This book had plenty of tension toward the end, and I had to keep reassuring myself Thomas and Ray would be fine. This book had a complex and interesting storyline that I really enjoyed. It has been adequately summarized in the book description and anymore details most likely would include spoilers.
As to the narration, I am not sure why there were two narrators. The narrator who narrated the two brothers' parts was exceptional--I really loved his voice and stye. The other narrator was adequate but nothing special. He did not detract from the story at all but really lost out in the comparison.
I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves an unusual mystery with well-developed characters.
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If I had the time yes!
Well worth the credit!
I'll start with the narration, which was my biggest problem with this audiobook. There are two narrators - one is fine, but not especially good, but the other is horrible. Bland intonation and slightly elongated pauses - Stuart McLean uses a similar pacing for comedy, but they just don't work for narrating a murder thriller. I thought the book was kind of painful to listen to, but my sister urged me to go on because of the quality of the story.
The main story line is a good one, involving brothers after the death of their father. One is a political cartoonist, the other is a schizophrenic with obvious autistic spectrum signs who spend his days and night obsessively memorizing street maps from around the world from the computer website. When he sees what he thinks is a murder taking place, it reveals a past and starts a string of future events. That's great......but what isn't great is the myriad of back-stories and subplots that do nothing to help the characterization or clarity and simply add bulk and uninteresting information. A really strong editor would have been an asset.
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One of Barclays' better novels. The plot is twisted but able to be followed without frustration. A unique story involving mental illness and the struggles of such on a person and his family. A well thought out story with a great ending!
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I generally don’t like thrillers, but this was a fantastic story… almost.
I could not go all the way and give it 5 stars because there always seemed to be one plot twist too many and it annoyed me. An extra connection too many. An extra layer to the drama that was just not needed.
The basic “I think I saw a murder on Street View” premise was great! No need to guild the lily with all the other unnecessary (and stupid: Sydney Olympics) sub plots.
That’s my only criticism; the story idea was otherwise very appealing.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and ended up being quite the pleasant surprise.
The book is centered around the "Google Earth" concept, where one of the vans driving around taking pictures of city streets and then projected into Google Earth to show the user the streets online.
The company here is fictitious and the story is a bit implausible, but the author makes it work and weaves a pretty suspenseful story that ends up being a "page turner".
The narrators do a fine job, even though there is no need for two of them.
Highly recommended!! A suspense novel that is a fun and enjoyable listen!
Only listened, but the narrators' performance of this audio edition were nothing short of perfection. I think my favorite narration ever.
No comparisons come to mind.
Thomas, definetly Thomas.
Certainly amusement comes to mind, particularly the dialogue between the brothers. Also some spine tingles of anticipation as the plot twists develope.
My first Barclay book...not for long! Truly sad when the book ended and I would love a sequel book.
The characters are believable...I just couldn't wait to learn what happened next.
A compelling listen. A little slow in some places, but all the stories lines are brought to a conclusion which was great...I hate loose ends! Buy today!
I loved the two narration. The story is good and very filled with twists. The characters are lovable.
The development of the two brothers.
Any scene with Thomas!