The book itself was great; Mr. Koontz obviously loves dogs and understands people who love dogs. The story had a lot of suspense but wasn't too scary to listen to alone in the sewing room at night.
My only issue was the old-school narrator. This recording was made in 1987, and the narration sounds decidedly old-fashioned compared to newer recordings. His tone is very "storyteller", and his character voices can edge dangerously close to cartoony. Several well-written passages sound sillier than they ought to because of his inflection and emphasis. If I weren't a veteran audiobook listener who'd learned to let the narrator grow on me, I would have been instantly put off.
Not for newcomers to the format, I'd say.
I was excited to listen to this book, but I found as it went on that entire chapters were based on research from other, very popular books I've already read over the past years. Then I felt that much of the content was more politicized than I care for in books having to do with research and behavior. In books like this, I'm looking for fresh information, not repetition and politics. At 2/3 of the way through, I'm moving on to something else. If you're inclined to politics and haven't read "Predictably Irrational," you may enjoy it more than I did. Then again, you may enjoy "Predictably Irrational."
About two-thirds of the way through this book, I found that I dreaded hearing where the story was going--it seemed that the misunderstood, do-gooder smart white girl was just about to step over the line into condescending. I nearly stopped listening, but didn't; in the end, I'm glad I finished it. It's a fairly easy listen and the narrators are talented, but the storyline was a little lacking in places. There were places where the author made choices that left me shaking my head.
Like all the other reviewers, I find the content of this book to be quite interesting, but the narration gets unbearable in places. I can't even imagine what the narrator was thinking--it's like a badly-acted play. This is NOT an audiobook for people who are trying to figure out whether they like listening to books or not--it could turn someone off the medium for life! That said, if you can get past it, the book itself isn't bad.
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