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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.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and 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!
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If I had the time yes!
Well worth the credit!
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,"
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.
I think a great deal of people will like this book. Though the plot and characters were simple, it was entertaining. I just didn't love it.
Yes, some will like it and if it is on sale definitely get it.
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.
The book took a while for me to get into, but once it got going the twists and turns that I took were amazing. I came to love Thomas and see his disability very clearly. He was very endearing. Linwood Barclay is one of my favorite authors. But I was concerned initially that this may not be one of his best pieces of work. However I was pleasantly surprised as the book went on, how engulfed I became in the characters. I'm a little sad that it's over.