I kept waiting for the story to get interest in but alas, it never happened. Altogether I found it to be very anticlimactic. As far as the narrator goes, poor choice. He did a good job that he was hired for but I felt he sounded far older than the characters he portrayed. He also had a very robotic tone, sounding as if it was an actual computer reading the story.
Overall, I would not suggest this book for any friends or family.
Great narration but the plot line felt repetitive. The author gives away the "whodunit" pretty early on, therefore leaving the rest of the story to be based around the characters deciding how to expose the rest of the story behind it. I got through the book fine but never had a moment of excitement where I just had to listen for ten more minutes.
Best way to sum this book up; if Larry Flint and Dan Brown coauthored a book, you'd have Flesh Gothic. Not for the prude or faint of heart, that's for sure. The narrator was fine but I had a hard time not smirking whenever he was reading as one of the female characters. It reminded be of a bad drag queen impression.
After this book, I'm not too interested in other story lines he has to offer
Way to many main characters! I had figured out the plot line fairly early in the book and had to sit through the torturous internal battles of the seven-plus characters. It felt redundant and I found myself wishing someone would just get to the point already! It had a good plot but, it was overshadowed by all the minuscule reflections of all the characters
The narrator did a good enough job differentiating between the characters but when it came to the character of the stereotypical overachieving detective with the self doubt I cringed as soon as I heard the voice. It was very forced and reminiscent of Christian Bale doing Batman; too much and overdone
I'd take out all the main actors and only leave three. Less redundant
This story has always been one of my number ones. I read this back in my high school days but had to see the movie to understand it. The narrator did an exceptional job giving you a visual of the characters and situations just by the inflictions in his voice. He also did an amazing job capturing each character's personality when doing their voices.
Alex, of course. He's the villain, hero AND victim
I would say yes, if I "read" books twice, but once I finish a book I'm very unlikely to read it again. Although I did love this book.
I can't think of any comparisons
She did a PHENOMENAL job capturing the characters identities and emotions with her voice
I became obsessed with getting through just one more chapter and finding ways and the time to listen to it
I wouldn't, only because I've never been the type to read/listen to a book twice. It's nothing negative about the book itself.
The ending....although I won't say anything more to spoil it
I enjoyed her performance for all the characters. She did an amazing job distinguishing them.
Absolutly. I was highly disappointed when I would arrive at my destinantion and have to turn off the book.
I'm not to sure if I'd purchase an audible or hard copy of any of Mary Roach's books again. I still haven't decided if it was the narrator I didn't enjoy or the actual content.
I have no idea who I would've cast as a narrator, but it sure as hell wouldn't have been Bernadette Quigley. I COULD NOT stand the snotty way she interpreted Mary Roach's opinions. Nor could I stand the way she felt the need to use an accent for every person that is quoted in the book. Specifically, the Middle Eastern doctor in the chapter about reincarnation. Totally and absolutely obnoxious.
Spook: When a close-minded skeptic continues being a close-minded skeptic
I only finished this audio book because I paid for it. Otherwise, it wouldn't been deleted after chapter two. The only things I actually enjoyed were learning about some of the scientific/medical aspects of the search for the afterlife.
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