Wow, this was like reading a rough draft or something. Review written by Erica nailed it perfectly. Use a pronoun or use a name. Both? Repeatedly? Absolutely horrible. If the story was really great perhaps one could overlook this. It is not. Seriously, didn't anyone proofread this before printing? Ugh!
Tana French is by far my favorite author. I've read all her other books more times than I can count and could hardly wait any longer for her next one. Disappointed beyond belief. Lara Hutchison was simply horrible. I hated to give the performance rating two stars because Stephen Hogan was excellent, as he was in Broken Harbour. Each of French's books so far has been written in the first person and explored the narrating detective's life, thoughts, and psyche thoroughly and perfectly. Detective Moran did narrate in first person but you never got to know who he was or what he was about, and more time was spent on the ridiculous story of the girls. Although the story was bad, it was well written, as I don't think Tana French is capable of writing poorly. I hope she returns to the old theme of writing from the detective's perspective and crafting another amazing story. This wasn't it.
Can not believe that Brian Freeman wrote this. I have not one good thing to say about this. Besides having had it figured out in the first couple of hours, it is like watching a really bad Lifetime movie. Extremely disappointed after reading his other books.
I bought this book a long time ago and quit listening a couple of hours into it. Mainly I couldn't get past Owen Meany's voice! It sat in my library forever and I kept seeing the great reviews it was getting so I told myself to try it again and stick with it....and this is by far the best audiobook I have listened to. Absolutely incredible in every way. Funny thing is I can't imagine reading it instead of listening to it because...Owen Meany's voice! It was perfect!
I will listen to this one many times over and cherish it more each time. SO much more to this book than I realized. My first John Irving book. I will now listen to his others but I can't imagine any others being better than this. Phenomenal.
I almost quit on this after the first third of the story. So glad I stuck with it. Sick and twisted and dark isn't what I care for but I tried it after reading all the hype. I get the hype. Great story keeps you engaged, once you see what's going on, but of all possible endings, this was the worst one. Can't take away a star for that though.
What a great story! Amazing that for such a long book I never once found myself losing interest or getting bored. Each character was interesting and well developed. Tied up well at the end. Another great narration by Caroline Lee.
I can't really say the story itself was bad because I didn't finish it. Couldn't get past the narration.
I was so in love with The Forgotten Garden I got Kate Morton's other books and was less than thrilled. When this one came out I was apprehensive. I am SO glad I got it. It's actually better than The Forgotten Garden.
Written in the same style, the characters are perfectly developed, as is the story. Great story, perfect narration. A great read that I was so sorry to see end. Just perfect!
I had just finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and was blown away. I immediately bought this because I was so impressed by the author's writing style. I really wanted to like this. It is well written, but it's just not for me. Didn't even finish listening. I will definitely try another Jess Walter book though.
I bought this book after finishing The Help. I saw Bahni Turpin listed as a narrator and I enjoyed her so much in The Help. Other reviewers compared this book to The Help. I find it hard to compare the two. It is such a different set of circumstances from a different era.
Sad story but a good one.
I would never have bought this book had it not been for the Audible recommendation and the great reviews. Best decision ever. Absolutely perfect in every way. Narration was stellar and the story was beautifully written.
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