"Down River", the 2008 Edgar Award Winner, is almost flawless. There are no requisite stumbles in the forest to give the killer/stalker/bad-guy time to catch up. I found the entire book, from beginning to end, thoughtful and enlightening. The conversational dialogue felt a bit awkward at first, because it was on-topic and off-topic and then on topic again, but I slowly began to realize that that is actually the way in which we script our speech in everyday conversations.
The story is compelling and keeps you guessing, but though a story may be excellent, for audiobooks, the narration is equally important. It was quite difficult to become accustomed to the deep southern accents, which were LESS "sweet tea and junipers" AND MORE "I am lost deep in the south and I really don't want to stop and ask Jed, the filling station attendant, for directions" AND (as I pass Jed and watch him through my rearview mirror) "Oh, no, Jed, the filling station attendant, is still watching me. Ok, Ok, deep breaths, he is just curious." AND "I just saw Jed wipe his hands on an oil-soaked rag and now, ok, (crossing myself) ok, he's, ok, he's turning, he is turning and he is, yes, Jed is walking, walking...walking back inside! We are outta here!" But I digress.
Listening to the dialect was difficult only because I have only been exposed to audiobooks in which the main narration, if not all of the characters, sounds like what I hear everyday in TV land, which means that the voices are sans any discernible accent except "American". Though the voices of the characters never became easy on my ears, the characters, themselves, were so endearing and expressed such palatable emotions and I became so immersed in the mysteries that I was actually unable to stop listening. Great Job!!
The story contained events that were not believable...things that Pendergrast just knew to be true. There was a little too much Louisiana affectation with Pendergrast and his brother speaking in almost exactly the same way. I guess the book is ok. The ending leaves you hanging so you have to buy the next in the series.
This book took me forever to listen to because I kept falling asleep. The narrator was as flat as the State of Kansas. The story was ok, but there was too much down time between action and contemplations. I did not enjoy it.
I was thrilled to find another Odd, but this sweet anticipation quickly died. Odd should really focus on the undead instead of creating monsters, such unappealing beings, whose descriptions changed with each telling. They overran the story and all but blotted out the Odd we loved. Once Odd picked up a gun in book 4, his character fell below freezing. Odd for me has now become a beloved lost friend.
Shivers and Shudders Around Every Corner!
Scott is an amazing narrator. His voice never interferes with the story.
Yes! Mr. Slaughter is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Even though it is set in the 19th century, it is as entertaining as any 21st century thriller. There is tenderness by strangers, stealth by a young man and his companion and slaughter by a creature you could only call the embodiment of evil.. There is tenacity and triumph. You are missing out if your don''t listen to this book,.
Speaks the Night Bird. It is by the same author and carries you on an adventure that is unrelenting.
Yes. Lisa Unger provides a novel full of unexpected twists and turns. I would rather that it not be in the first person because she writes about events she did not witness.
Gray and Victory
When she was emotionally shattered and no one believed in her.
No: Too much romance
Too warm and literally fuzzy
The reason the first story was so compelling was because of the communication between Charlie and the spirits of the dead. There was humor and suspense as they tried to solve their own murders in the first book. In the third of the series, there was little of that. I hoped, thoroughout the the story, to hear it, but there was little of that type of communication, save that of a silent spirit and one in the basement of an insane asylum. I was so disappointed; there was just Rayas. So Dorynda, I would say LESS ROMANCE AND MORE COMMUNING WITH THE SPIRITS in your next book!
I have not read the print version.
His tone and he revs up the exciting moments, but does not go overboard.
A thrilling roller coaster ride.
A thrilling roller coaster ride that flings you high only for the thrilling dip.
So many, but when he finds himself in jail and figures out it is only made of props.
The way in which he narrates the exciting parts. His inflection of the different characters' voices.
It made me excited.
Calm, climax, calm, climax over and over again. I had to stop listening for awhile just let myself settle down. I rated the story a 4 because the final chapter is drawn out and a little too calm.
A story that could make you shiver.
There was no problem with his performance. The problem lies with the story.
How many times can mold, mildew, fungi be described before the only emotion left is one of repulsion. It's hard to believe that anyone would find this story remotely scary. Dean Koontz should stick to wraiths and the spiritual realm rather than depicting monsters and ghouls. The only redeeming features are the experience through a child's eyes and the final chapter with its benign insanity.
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