A delightful and engaging story. I enjoyed it and if it hadn't been so late in the evening, I would have listened straight through.Generally I would shy away from an author reading their own book, and in the preview I had my doubts but I bought the book anyway. I'm glad I did and it didn't take me long to get over my author/narrator phobia. I can't say it was a stellar performance, but the quality of the story far out shown any narration flatness. I'd actually listen to him again if his other stories were this entertaining.
All I can say is if you decide you really want to listen to this book, be sure increase the playback speed to as fast as you can handle it. Even though Scott Brick does a flawless job of narration, his over dramatic tendencies drug this story out even longer than needed. On top of the fact this story could have been edited down by half. I wanted to start pulling my hair out by the 10th hour. Harlan Coben is a wonderful storyteller and there was evidence of his skill although his immaturity as a writer showed through. He gives us fair warning to not read this book if this was your first book written by him. That's a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the story. Whether this is your first or tenth Coben book, I would suggest you heed the advice of the other reviewers before dropping the credit. Overall, the book is filled with beautiful people who are supposed to be smart but doing stupid things. Throughout the book expect to get inundated with the most beautiful women in existence and men stumbling around them with their tongues hanging out. There are also a good many people doing evil and underhanded things which, in the end will turn out to be worthless and totally without common sense. I don't know why I punished myself through 17 hours of torture. I only wished I realized sooner, rather than 12 hours in to the story I could speed up my playback.
The story had promise - the first 1/4 of the story kept my attention but overall, it drug on and was predictable all the way to the end.
The narrator was irritating - totally lackluster and drab. Good thing I bought it on a two for one deal. I would definitely returned it if I had used a whole credit.
If you like horror stories, you'll love this one. Christopher Lane's narration was excellent and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop listening even as the evening hour became late and the action freaked me out.
I almost returned this book after the first hour because the bouncing around between characters and their stories was a little frustrating. When the separate stories began to converge, I decided it would be worth hanging in there and seeing what happened. I'm glad I did. It's been a long time since a book has moved me to tears of happiness. Worth the credit
I couldn't stop listening to this one. Non stop action, this story had me riveted to my IPod. I don't need to tell you what the story is about, the summary will give you enough info but you can expect a gripping "who done it" that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat! Well worth the credit.
One of my writing instructions said "can you smell, taste, and feel what you have written"? This statement says everything about what James Lee Burke is all about. In this story no character is left untouched and you get to know each of their personalities, their deepest, darkest secrets. You can feel the despair hidden below the surface and the events in their lives that have formed the fabric of their being. The story moves slowly and anything more than eight hours could have forced me to put this book down except I enjoyed the author's ability to show me who the characters are. Will Patton, is the perfect match for James Lee Burke's stories, with his slow southern drawl and expressive narration. I won't get into the story line because it is something you need to experience yourself. What I will say is the last two hours of the story will hold you and have you at the edge of your seat and know that all of the storytelling leading to the end makes this story complete and with out question of why any of the characters did what they did.
This is a story about young girls, barely out of puberty who are thrust into a world of sexual and physical abuse by both their handlers and customers. Their parents, desperate for money and often with hopes they are sending their children off into the world often do not know they have been duped and their children are headed into an unspeakable existence. People do evil things in the world all in pursuit of lining their pockets. It's a sad state of affairs where young children are sold into prostitution. I want to shame all of those people out there who have no qualms about supporting the industry of child prostitution.
A heart warming story about two disabled beings - a dog and a boy. I love how the two of them along with the support of loving family and friends lead to the recovery of their damaged spirits. In a world where the news dwells too much on the bad things happening in the world, it is a pleasure to read about recovery and the good side of humanity where people open up their hearts as well as their wallets to benefit others in need.
Jane Jacob's narration drove me nuts. I felt like I was listening to a news report. I purchased this book because I used to have a yellow lab and many of Daisy's antics reminded me of my beloved Lani. I found Sharron rather shallow and a bit to quick to categorize individual's personalities and lifestyles in a rather canned personality/intelligence grouping just because they found themselves in a particular situation - (in jail for instance). Having to listen to her rant and rave about Keith's crime for what seemed like eternity was enough to make me want to put this book down except I was already half way through the book and just wanted to finish the story to see if Daisy graduated to become a service dog. This story was a time line of how Daisy progressed over her training period and how she affected the people around her. When I read a story, I want to "see" the story unfold. This was a timeline in every sense and lacked in any real visuals. I would suggest saving your credit for another book about dogs.
I almost gave up on this book and asked for a return credit but I kept listening and in the end I'm glad I did. The first half of the book was confusing and irritating because of the constant introduction of a huge cast of characters and the constant jumping around between time periods and characters. I had a hard time keeping track of everyone and ended up starting over several times just to figure out who the characters were. Some books you can let the words flow through one ear and out the other and you still know what's going on. Not so with Sand. One must pay attention to everything. About halfway through the story all of the pieces came together and I was totally hooked. This was my first Hugh Howey book and I am going to try another.
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