san francisco | Member Since 2008
1. Characters are not believable.
2. Dick Hill's narration of female characters is annoyingly whiny.
3. Would give it one star but main character Boldt is mildly entertaining.
4. The plot is a mixture of everything else ever written.
5. Connelly, it's not.
First of all, despite the title, this book really is not about Missoula, Montana. Nor is it about the godlike status of college football reigning over small town society.
It's about the perfect storm of young men wanting to have sex and young women not knowing how to stop it when they get themselves into a situation they feel they have no control over. The crazy thing is that most non-stranger rapists would not consider forcing themselves on an unwilling young woman as "rape." And when (relatively) sexually inexperienced women are raped, their natural reaction is often to blame themselves, the combination of which does not set a healthy standard for consensual sex. It's bewilderingly sad and as we see in Krakauer's account, life-ruining for everyone involved.
Compounding that is how contentious our legal system is. In order for a man accused of rape to be fairly represented by an attorney, he has to attempt to defame the victim, which is doubly upsetting in a non-stranger rape case. The victim is raked over the coals by someone she trusted. It's gut wrenching to hear about.
How is a jury or a cop or a friend ever to know what really happened when a victim reports a rape? There are so many unexplained behaviors that defy logical thinking but at the end of the day, this is a crime that goes unthwarted every day and has since the dawn of time.
"Missoula" is written in meticulous detail, uncovering basic and complex nuances that gave me plenty to think about afterwards. Mozhan Marno delivers Krakauer's story in steadfast, crisp tones that bring the reader right into the turmoil of human interaction, both publically and during frightening intimacy. Definitely worth the listen.
Best: Susan Bennett
Least: writing is too mainstream, not creative
She has a gifted, natural ability to tell a story from varied viewpoints and make the characters as believable as possible.
All the men are bad guys in this novel. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Why are so many of us okay with letting cops ignore gang murders and contently grateful that it's not us who are being shot at? After listening to the statistics in this book (which will stun you) and contemplating that I grew up mere miles from where this story takes place, this book made me recall with clarity how my parents eventually detoured around familiar streets we once traveled through without fear...as if steering clear of "bad areas" is an okay solution to rampant homicide. Society's disdain for poor neighborhoods and the people who live in them combined with a police force that looks the other way instead of providing safety for its citizens is an epidemic we need to take control of now. Right now.
I *do* wish the narrator had been better, though. She's almost a deal breaker but the prose, research and unflinching journalism kept me glued to the story.
I kept picturing this as a movie; it's written with sounds and smells and an inner dialogue that compels the listener to keep "watching." My suggestion is that you don't judge it by its whodunnit quotient but by its entertainment value and its ability to take your imagination on an 11-hour ride.
This is the real thing, folks. Intriguing mystery, creepy narration, cinematic writing and unflinching storytelling that brings characters into your lives you'll actually care about. Download with abandon and get ready for a genuine earbender.
Jim McCance, as the narrator, did a decent job telling this tale of serial killing, attorneys, childhood trauma with a dollop of art and romance but the story is really far-fetched, hackneyed and ridiculously unrealistic. Not hateful but pretty disappointing.
The story is intriguing--I *think*--but I'm so annoyed by the over dramatized style of the narrator that I can't find a toe hold. Giving up half way into it.
This may end up being one of your favorite new series but it was just fluff to me. I really enjoyed the narrator and liked that it takes place in Flagstaff, AZ but that's about the extent of it. It reads like a light version of The Blacklist or some other TV show where a woman finds out how strong she really is under the guidance of a man who is not who he appears to be. Oh, and throw in the current but stale theme in screenplays, corporate greed, add a little romance, sprinkle with some between-girls banter and you've got Don't Order Dog. Yawn.
There were fleeting moments when I was listening intently, gripped by mystery and eager to hear each word--but they weren't very often. To me, the book came *this close* to sounding "preachy" and if it wasn't Tana French I don't think I would have had the patience to listen through the coming-of-age story of girlhood, being part of a clan and exploring the differences between the sexes and the classes. More of a YA novel than a mystery...definitely not as arresting as her first three books.
With a hint of Matthew Mcconaughey in there, J. Rodney Turner's voice is startlingly arresting, not only because of its charming accent but because Mr. Turner's warm tone just makes you want to hear what he's gonna say next.
The story? Reedonkulous. But listening to Mr. Turner suspended my disbelief for 12 hours.
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