Unlike some others, I liked the two narrators and also enjoyed the sound effects. The problem was with the story.
I agree that this was not up to par with other novels in the Alex Cross series. What disappointed me was that there was more than ample opportunity for some seriously good plot develpment but the opportunities were missed.
This was a great story and I highly recommend it to any fan of horror stories.
The non-stop tension. It kept me scared throughout.
A little too long to listen in one sitting.
Here's my one, admittedly picky comment. Kate Mulgrew's narration was as good as any I have ever heard. HOWEVER: for a professional narrator reading a book by a New England author, she should have known how to pronounce the name for the City of Haverhill, Massachusetts. It is pronounced "Hay-Vrill;" not "Have-Er-Hill." Sorry, Kate, but it drove me a little crazy.
I started with Frankenstein, Lost Souls, which I thoroughly enjoyed, except that it left the reader in the middle of the story. That book led me into this one, which was, basically, a continuation of the same book.
I enjoyed book five, but must disagree with other commentators about the conslusion. I thought Dean could have been a little more "edgy,", "creative," or whatever you want to call it to bring this series to a conclusion.
No offense to the others and certainly no offense to Dean Koontz, but the depth and breath of this story could have generated more to bring it to a close. The story had all kinds of threads that I thought would lead to an end.
Still, I was satisfied with the book and would certainly recommend it .
I am going back to listen to the first three books in the series. I guess, I'll consider it a "prequel."
Given the two prior reviews, I feel somewhat bad, but have to express a less-than perfect review.
The narrator, Humphrey Bower was excellent. As in the Courtnay novels, he was a master of numerous interesting accents and dialects.
The book did paint an interesting picture of India. My problem was that it seemed to lack focus. Also, there were too many extended passages of non-action discussion between the characters that seemed to bog things down.
As a dog lover, I was really looking forward to this story. I have to say that it left me flat.
There were some good points: The narrator was excellent. The parts that are written from the dogs' perspective are very good. And, yes, there were some sections that were touching to any person who is dedicated to their dog(s).
Unfortunately, the story was slow moving. It became bogged down in detail that left the flow of the novel behind. The ending did not seem to resolve all the issues and was not satisfying. All in all, I would not recommend this book.
No offence, Oprah, but I don't agree with you on this one.
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