While the story was not bad, the novel just went on and on like there was a need to fill pages or sound files. But you'd have to listen through the noise to get to the rest of the story.
I am tempted to ask for a refund, the experience was that irritating.
The narrator was ok.
Was there no editor?
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Scott McGarth, a journalist on the downside of his career, becomes obsessed with the death of the daughter of a cult film maker, Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn't been seen in public for more than thirty years.
This is a book with wheels within wheels. Information frequently is proven to be unreliable. Characters are not what they seem. McGarth's own life spins out of control. I really had a hard time putting the book down.
It probably could have been tightened up, it's a bit long and saggy in the final quarter, but I think it is still worth the read. I think the narrator added to the experience.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
Once this story has laid the ground work it needs in the first chaper - it really takes off and captivates for a long and constant ride. Marisha Pessl creates a realistic sense of mystery and suspense with complex and interesting characters. The story slowly pulls its parts in, tightening the mystery's web in a delightful fashion. The producers choice of an A-List reader, Jake Weber was spot on for the story. Everything really falls into place with this suspense audiobook.
A little creepy in parts. Kept my interest right through with entertaining characters, especially Cleopatra. Narrator did a good job. Good quality writing & decent plot.
Absolutely. No one should be deprived from reading this brilliant book.
Yes. It's cloaked in mystery that doesn't give any hints.
McGrath in the panopticon of The Peak.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I am amazed at the number of reviewers who said this book would make you grab your pillow, have sleepless nights, get goosebumps. Not at all. Is it interesting? Yes. Are there many moments when I am not sure what is real and what isn't? Yes. But not scary.
(If you want to be scared, read "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King, or read "Relic" and "Reliquary" by Preston & Child.)
I enjoyed it, I recommend it, and I will miss the main characters, especially Nora.
P.S. If you like narratives that tie up all loose threads by the final pages, do not read this book.
I would recommend this book to a friend
It was a good book, i was expecting a better story and ending. But i enjoyed the read
But one that never actually communes with the darkness it strives to evoke. That's essentially the problem with the book, which I did enjoy: it's not all there, sparking against your imagination, but then failing to take one into the full darkness it promises. The magical realism of the world and particularly its subject, are left under-drawn and disappoint. The seemingly sophisticated and mysterious Cordova could have been, should have been a great portrait... It's a shame because the flare of the better plot turns are bright, evocative and exciting. But horror is hard, right?
Excellent narration though and the transmedia collage is quite cool, in spirit more that execution. Too long on balance, a good work that could've been great.
Mr. Weber was able to keep my attention and hold it together for me to the end.
The storyline was involved enough to keep my attention, but it was Jake Weber, who delivered me from start to finish. Some parts held more promise than others, and I'm not panning the book. Pessl seems to have talent. I was just looking for a little more in a "whodunit".
Not really, but it wants to be.
I shouldn't ridicule, because I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. But I was able to forgive the author her melodramatic writing. I don't know if you will be.
Also, this is a book which requires the reading of multiple PDFs. Fake newspaper articles and such. I was annoyed by this factor and it almost turned me off, but I persevered and found myself sucked in quickly.
Crazy ending may infuriate you, or you may love it. I don't like to give away things.
Warning: narrator is annoying, and so are the characters. Somehow I enjoyed it anyway.