While the premise is interesting enough, the story drags out far longer than necessary. Nearly all of the "big reveal" twists are foreshadowed to the extreme making the reader not only guess them correctly well in advance, but then wait for the characters to catch up on the same.
Many, if not all, of the characters are flat and uninteresting, seeming to fulfill their niche of purpose and nothing more - quite one-dimensional. Their dialogue feels forced and often out of place as if they are reacting by the sheer merit that more conversations need to exist.The story in itself lends intrigue and by its right should be more interesting, but the execution of it falls short.
The performance of the narrators work decently enough, except as things spiral together at the end when characters' parts become exchanged between both narrators who do not recite concurrently, but interchangably compared to the rest.
Overall, mild intrigue of you aren't looking for a real brain teaser of a thriller for some casual down time.
A good mystery should be able to shock you and you shouldn't be able to figure out every mystery on your own. This book was a good mystery! However, it was so good that I actually had to go back and re-listen to old chapters because it didn't make sense to me. Sometimes, there is one key phrase that you didn't pick up on and before you know it, you'll be like "huh?" "wait, what?" and you will have to go back and listen to chapters over again. I do like being surprised though so I didn't mind.
I like how there is not just one mystery to solve, but many mysteries all at once that someone melt together seamlessly in the end. I like the dynamics of the characters, how you can't quite label one character to be any particular way because they end up surprising you.
I have never listened to them before and they just received another fan! I am already looking for other books he wrote.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
This book sounded like it was going to be sort of weird and 'iffy,' but I like Linwood Barclay and bought it anyway. Holy smokes! It was incredible. I kept talking about it to people while I was listening to it. There was not one throw-away clue, or line, or plot point. Great job in every way. THANK YOU!!!
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I read the reviews and was encouraged to give this one a try. The mental health hook is always a pull for me and the lead character being schizophrenic piqued my interest in this book. Unfortunately I found the five chapters I was able to get through before I gave up slow and extremely tedious. I realize that I have a short span of attention and when I start a book whether to read or to listen to I have a difficult time staying with it if it begins too slowly. This one did just that and I bailed; if you are more patient listener you may be able to wait for it; I couldn't.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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.
I'm a huge mystery fan, but I get tired of reading the same old "whodunit" style books. When a unique style of mystery comes along that is done well, I'm all about it. That's why I was a big fan of this book. When you first hear the premise - crazy dude sees murder on google street view, drama unfolds - it sounds a bit sketchy. But you've got to just trust Linwood Barclay to pull this one off. The idea is so bizarre and the whole concept is written so wonderfully well, with comic moments and every possible detail covered and explained, that you'll end up a satisfied listener. It was definitely a risk to write something this creative and 'out there', and it is a risk that paid off. Very fun listen.
I hesitated about purchasing this book because so many books from this genre sound really great when reading the editors review, but end up kind of hoaky. This one grabbed my attention from the beginning and held on. I will gladly listen to more books from this author.
However, the narration left a little to be desired. There were 2 male narrators which I couldn't understand why, but that didn't bother me. My complaint about the narration is it sounds sort of stilted, as though the narrators are "reading" the book.
I know that is exactly what they are doing, and perhaps I've gotten spoiled listening to narrators such as Barbara Rosenblat, Roslyn Landor, George Guidell, Scott Brick (who I think would have done a great job on this book) and countless other narrators.
The true testimony of this book is despite the amateurist narration, I finished the book and will now look for more books by this author.
Well worth a credit!
I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!
All of it
Yes. Always good.
If I had the time yes!
Well worth the credit!
Both the same
Other than being offended by the author constantly using the name of Jesus as a curse word, no.
I thought this author has talent as a mystery writer. However, I will not buy any other book written by this author. His constant cursing,added nothing to the story.