This is a great question because this book sparked absolutely nothing in me. I listened to it all, but couldn't really tell you why I stuck with it.
I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys novels that are more character-driven, as opposed to driven by action. The characters are expertly drawn, and each so deeply flawed that you question whether you like them or not.
My only critique is that the falling action drags on, and the author goes to great lengths to make obvious conclusions and lessons that were easily drawn by reading the story.
It was sold to me as a suspenseful mystery, but it is much more Si-Fi. If that's your thing, you might enjoy it; however the characters are not particularly authentic or compelling.
I probably wouldn't.
At first, I was taken aback by how juvenile the story was. It "read" like a young adult book. I stuck with it despite this because my cousin recommended the book.
The story begins with Phantom Tollbooth - type adventures that end with some type of parable message. These adventures are set within a larger Harry Potter - type "chosen one" battle against evil. The stories show imagination;however they lack the wit and intelligence of Phantom Tollbooth. Similarly, the overall world in which the story is set is imaginative, but lacks the rich images conjured by the Harry Potter series.
I stuck with it until the end even though 1) I didn't care about any of the characters and 2) could have told you how it ends long before.
No, I just didn't develop an attachment to any of the characters.
I would have preferred if the focus of the book had been on the hauntings and what was happening in the house/to the people. Instead, it focused on the exorcisms themselves. I was looking for a scary read and did not get that.
Only if they were interested in the philosophy behind Demonology.
The story started out so great, with great foreshadowing; however, around the halfway point it got rather tedious and I found it really hard to care about what was being foreshadowed. The ending was okay, but the payoff I was hoping for was just not there.
The author is a clear animal lover, and has great knowledge of dogs. However, I found her advice and approaches did not apply well for a single person who has a dog and a full-time job, but not a farm. I found that I could not relate to, or take much away from, her personal stories and examples.
She referenced her other books quite often; however, I did not find myself thinking - "oh, I have to read that."
Narration was clean and non-distracting.
I don't - I didn't even finish Part 2 of the download because it was so repetitive.
The best part of Heft is the realistic manner in which it depicts loneliness, and how it brings to light the extent to which loneliness is self-imposed. However, the story is long road that basically leads to no where exciting.
No, as there is no memorable take-away from the story.
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