I could not take anymore of this book! It went nowhere, had no plot to speak of, and was so monotonous I was afraid to listen to it while driving because it would put me to sleep! That, as it turned out, was it's only value to me... I could not finish it, and I really hate that! I only gave it as many stars as I did because I am sure that a great deal of research went into it.
While this book held my interest, I was awaiting some twists or revelations which I felt were always just around the corner. Although the premise was very clever, I felt the story really never moved forward. By the last couple of hours, I had a splitting headache which I believe was due to the narrator's voice and delivery. Reminiscent of 'Memento'... Maybe, but that story moved along. This one just kept circling...
What am I missing...? Why all the comparisons to Gone Girl? While the delivery of this is excellent and the writing quite good, this book bears no resemblance to Gone Girl, other than it is narrated with a loose "time stamp". I didn't hate it, but I found that I wanted it to hurry up and get over with! I didn't reallly find any of the characters likeable, and least of all the protagonist who is a major pain in everybody's rear ends. Unfortunately, a miss for me.
Not great but not terrible. I struggled a bit to get through it, as there were far too many senseless conversations repeating the same things. I am completely distracted by Mr. McLarty's narration, however. He sounds as though he's trying to be a tough guy talking through loose dentures. I found it increasingly annoying as the book progressed. Would probably not recommend it.
I ordered this audiobook after reading all of the glowing reviews about how hilarious it is. I listened for about two hours, waiting to laugh. Then all of a sudden it hit me... I've been listening to this for two hours, waiting for it to get funny. This could only mean... It's not going to GET funny... It ISN'T funny. What did I miss?
I liked the narrator very much. I simply could not get through this audiobook, however. After listening to the first chapter which took an eternity to go nowhere, I turned it off when the narrator said "chapter 2" and realized there were still over 30 hours remaining. Donna Tartt is an excellent writer, but can take over twenty minutes to make a statement or observation that can be made in one with the same impact. This particular over-detail of minutia is the same reason I stopped reading Anne Rice novels. This was just not for me.
I listened to this as my last in the trilogy of the books written by Gillian Flynn. I found it slow and quite uninteresting for the first two hours or so, but ended up liking it almost as much as her other two books. Her protagonists are always flawed and damaged in some ways, and I found this particular story contained the most damaged, unlikeable characters of all. Yet, somehow, I was mesmerized by the ever darkening details of the 24 year old murder mystery, as it unfolded in present time. It kept me guessing long after I thought I had it figured out. This book is particularly dark and graphic, the darkest of her books in my opinion, but once I was hooked, I couldn't stop listening.
This is not your typical "Cujo" or "Carrie" King novel. If you are looking for that ultra scary "it was a dark and stormy night" story, keep looking. Rather, if you are a fan of King's other works, his short stories which spawned things like "The Shawshank Redemption", and "Stand By Me", this is for you. It is a sweet, coming of age story set over one summer in 1973 in a small North Carolina coastal town, and specifically around a young man's experience working at a barely-making-it third tier amusement park. The climax to the mystery may have been a tad weak, but the story itself and Stephen King's beautiful writing make that secondary and somewhat unimportant to the story.
I was under the impression that this book was the last in a trilogy. Maybe the "Best Kept Secret" was that this book was not the end of the series. After audibly 'reading' it, I am now under the impression that it was nothing more than a segue into book four, which for some reason seemed much more important to Mr. Archer than book three. There was really no story at all to speak of in this. Although I consider Mr. Archer to be an exceptional writer, I felt this book to be below his usual quality and less than fulfilling. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for him to redeem himself in the next installment!
I am really surprised by the positive reviews for this audio book. Scott Brick's over-the-top dramatic lilt in his reading and delivery make this audio book so difficult to hear, that both my husband and I have completely given up on the story. Every sentence ends in an inaudible whisper. The story itself may be vaguely interesting, but it jumps around to the point that you wonder if you are listening to/reading a book relating to time travel...that is, if you can actually hear it. I really expected more from Brad Meltzer... Or maybe it's Scott Brick that ruined it... Anyway, a pretty bad combo. I hate not to finish a book, but I have gone far enough with this one and I can't take it anymore! A complete waste of a credit.
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