She had a somewhat annoying voice and her delivery didn't add to the story at all.
Disappointment. There had been lots of press hype on this book, so i was looking forward to it. The story was quite disjointed and the frequent time shifts didn't help that at all. I kept waiting for background information on the characters, the ship, etc., but all I got were a lot of dangling ends that never got tied up....one or two of those are OK, but a long series of them left me "at sea". I never really developed an affinity to any of the people on the life boat.....they were so one dimensional and I really didn't care who went overboard when. It could have been a fantastic story, but as it was it was just mediocre.
In spite of the wonderful reviews this book seemed to get from everyone, I found it fair to middling at best. There were too many characters and stories and that just muddied up what could have been a good story, but I'm not sure which of the stories was the good one! ....and Richard Burton? PLEASE. I did finish it because I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did.
Such a wonderfully constructed novel. It wasn't until the end that I realized that the testimony between Andy and Loguidice did not refer to Jacob, but was the testimony at the end concerning what his wife did. Also, other things were not spelled out comlpletely adding to the spine tingling 'creepiness...such as Andy and Laura hearing a cat screaming and not even beginning to understand what might be going on. This was better than having an explanation the next day. Jacob's actions were so consistent with the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorderand yet no one picked up on it, including the psychologist . Andy's blind spot for his son was tragic, particularly as he could NEVER come to grips with it. Laura's conflict of loving her son but feeling that he might be guilty was a terrible conflict fo her until the end she could see no other choice. The psyschological implications and symtpoms were superb. One of the best books I've listened to.
There were really three books in this one book....and none of them had any real effect on the other. There was the 'romance' part, there was the 'ghost part, and there was the little girl with the pony part. And they flipped back and forth so it was hard to hold a thought.
The writing was ponderous and at times pretentious and rather than move the plot along, it slogged, and slogged. The use of similies became overpowering and useless....again, dragging the plot down. I think I kept reading it hoping it would turn out better, but it never did and at the end it was so bad, it was almost good in its badness.
I'm looking forward to Beautiful Ruins
Oh dear.....which ones? The pony perhaps? None of the characters were at all likeable, but not so unlikeable that they were interesting
I think I've said it all.
I'm a long time fan of both Harln Coben and Scott Brick, but I had to check the web site again to check on the narrator (thought I had been mistaken). This was not up to his usual skills in narration....so much of the time he read in a breathy style that really began to get on my nerves. What changed? Actually, as the story gained more momentum and suspense, I was bothered less by the narration. The story was good (although a little confusing at first until I got everyone straight) anf then it got better and better. What a VAST improvement over his last Myron Bolitar story, which left me quite angry at him! A pretty good 'sit-longer in-the-parking-lot, drive-around -the-block-twice thriller
This is my favorite 'classic' and I have read it many times, but hearing it in this recording made the characters really come to life. One could almost smell the Seine and hear the cacophony of sounds coming from the Arcade.
I don't think any of the characters were particularly likeable, but all were full blown, flawed human beings and as such were interesting and tragic.
Kate's reading of this conveyed her love for the novel and her various intonations, rhythm and emotion for the words and the story really brought it to life. She really drew me in to the story and made me feel a part of the novel. She truly breathed life into these tragic characters.
This is one of best read books I have bought from Audible. I can't wait to listen to it again.
I have loved the PBS Wallander series and eagerly anticipated starting from the beginning to learn more about Wallander. While the story was intriguing, the narrator was so off putting that I had a hard time continuing to listen to it. His monotone recitations were sleep inducing (not a good thing when listening while driving) and his inflections never changed no matter what was happening to the plot. There was little difference in the character voices and his female voice was downright disparaging. Although I have other Wallander books on my 'wish list' I doubt I'll get them based on what I foound to be horrible narration. I'd rather 'read' them. Very disappointing.
First off....I love the Myron Bolitar books and eagerly awaited this one. But what a downer. The humor one expects in a Bolitar tale was greatly lacking and the ending left me with a "What?????" I think this must be the swan song for this character or that Mr. Coben is just simlpy tired of this series. It ended, 'not with a bang, but only a whimper.' I can't even begin to imagine how he will come back and in what form and, even, now, "WHY?" I am soooooo disappointed.
Based on other reviews I thought this might be an interesting book to listen to. It wasn't! It was an absolutely FASCINATING book to listen to. I was so wrapped up in the excellent narration of a finely crafted story....in fact, sometimes I rewound it just so I could hear the wonderful way the author strung ordinary words together. But aside from that, it was an indredibly complex story that moved from one suspenseful moment to another. I thought I had figured out the 'secret' but was dumbfounded by the reveal....and yet, all the clues were there. I plan to read the book itself now (or listen to it again) to see where all the clues are and how they link up. This is definitely on my short list of favorite books....right up there with Wilkie Collins and Daphne DeMaurier.
I agree with the reviewer who felt that the narration was marred by being done in a flat American accent. I also feel that this series of books, which has a decidedly male cast of characters, would be better read by a man....and one that could do justice to the many Italian words in the book. The narrator's attempt to do a male voice fell flat. I love Donna Leon and her Guido Brunetti character, but this narrator rather spoiled the story for me. I will chose to read the books rather than listen to them. so 5* for the story, 1* for the narration.
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