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.
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.
This is a very thought provoking subject. The story kept my interest, however it was slow... Some of the inane conversation between the two main characters...speaking in cryptic riddle banter back and forth to each other during extreme instances of life and death, was just ridiculous. The narrator, Dick Hill, started off some lines strong and would go down to an inaudible whisper. Turning the volume up did not help, as then parts of the lines crashed into your ears...however the recording itself was not very crisp. This is the first Dick Hill for me and I like his writing style...just not sure this was a good choice as his first for me to read.. I will be giving him another try, however.
This is unlike other DeMille stories, but I really enjoyed it. The narrator does a great job, and the story, while somewhat "reaching" and a bit implausible at times, definitely keeps your attention. My husband and I usually travel between cities approximately 120 miles from each other, every week. He usually drives, and I usually doze off to whatever audiobook we are currently listening to. Not so with this one! The story does drag out quite a bit.... In fact taking longer to tell than if it were in real time. However, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it. Kind of a Namby-pamby ending, but it was probably the only way they could end this story. This book was made into a TV movie, and after hearing it, I believe I would like to see it.
The narrator of this book, Peter Larkin, was really outstanding. Unfortunately, great narration does not a good book make. No real storyline, and, at 11 hours long...10 of those hours completely unnecessary, and quite honestly, BORING! I feel like that I was robbed of 11 weeks, oops, I mean hours, of my life. Don't waste your time or money on this one...
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