I am a confirmed Atheist and cannot understand why anyone would believe in a supernatural being, yet I found this book boring and exceedingly obvious. I quit less than an hour into it, unable to stand the boredom of the poor writing.
The narrator wasn't all that bad, but he had nothing to really work with.
It is a bit hard to pin, but I never thought this story line reached as high as the early parts of this series. They fit 2 distinct lines into a very short story, and neither really felt fulfilled.
I have seen other commentators that said she was terrible, and I don't agree there at all. This is the first book I have heard from her. I would consider her competent, though not necessarily the best I have heard. Some variation of voice for characters, but again, not as much variation as leads to a WOW! experience.
It was not terrible, but not great either. It fit in the "3-star" category of "nice enough for a short diversion, but not good enough to recommend."
"He said", "She said", "He said" over and over until I thought I was going to scream. The writing was completely second-rate. I rarely write bad reviews, but this one demanded it.
I didn't even finish the book. It was so bad that I tossed it after about 2-1/2 hours. I often like supernatural oriented stories, if they have some charm and don't take themselves too seriously. "First Grave on the Left" (and series), "Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors" (and series), etc are great.
This one was just plain dull. Paired with the bad writing (see above) and bad reading (see below), it was not worth completing -- a rarity for me...
The narrator speaks in a single voice for all characters. She varies her voice just enough to avoid a monotone, but often pauses in inappropriate places, and gives no sense of character to anyone.
I was a professional Mac software developer from 1995 through 2001. (I have done PC development since 2001). I have all Macs at home, and have often marveled at the genius of The Steve.
I listened to this book, hoping to gain some insights into his genius. What I heard is that Steve was an obnoxious, spoiled, delusional, megalomaniac that should have never come close to succeeding.
Maybe there are lessons here, but my only lesson was that Steve Should Not Have Happened. Nothing going on here. Move along...
Not sure why others liked this, but I found the story massively boring! And yes, I do like vampire, werewolf, etc stories that are well done. I just found myself so bored that I finally stopped listening at around 2 Hr and moved to the next book in my library.
Life is too short for poor writing like this...
This is a classic, often taught in school. Somehow I never read it back then, though I had heard of it often. The story is compelling, even if depressing. The reality of the life of soldier in the trenches in WW I is very much brought to life.
Just agreeing with the other comments here. While competent in the reading, this is simply not in the same class as the prior 12 books in the series. It was an unpleasant shock to hear Peabody and the rest of the cast. They all sound exactly like Dallas here, often leading to confusion over who is saying what.:(
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