Vicksburg, MS, United States | Member Since 2010
I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. The whole story is too contrived. I'm really sorry that I bought it.
I have to say, that it is probably a good thing that the first book I listened to by Barbara Fradkin was The Fifth Son, because I really enjoyed that book, and I liked Inspector Mike Green. He wasn't quite as likeable in this novel.
This is the first book I have ever listened to by Barbara Fradkin. I think it is probably the first I've listened to that was set in Canada as well. The performance is enjoyable. I wanted to listen to more by this author after listening to this book.
I love listening to audio books, but this is one book that you need to get with all of the pictures. You lose a lot going with the audio version. That said, this book failed to deliver what it promised. It promised a great story about a boy and an automan. The first half even begins to deliver on that promise, but suddenly the story I wanted to read is shoved aside to celebrate some bitter old man who was a silent film maker. I felt ripped off. However, if you get the physical book with illustrations, some of that feeling is negated by awesome illustrations and pictures of the movies by this silent film maker, and you do want to know more about him.
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