I've tried several times to listen to this recording in the car while traveling to and from work, but haven't been able to make it past the first two hours. Faulkner is difficult enough to follow on the written page where you at least have the ability to visually scan back a few paragraphs or pages when you've lost the thread of the plot or dialog, but for me it proved impossible to follow on audio. The endless "he said" "she said" dialog was very irritating to listen to. I don't think I'll try another Faulkner on audio.
It took me 3 tries to get through this boring book and I have to confess I cheated at the last and skipped some chapters. I could not warm up to any of the characters and the author was far too wordy for my taste. Quite a disappointment.
I wish I had read the reviews before spending a precious credit on this awful, boring book. Having been so pleased with The Alienist I expected a good read. Instead what I got was hours and hours of what I can only describe as a sermon. It's a wonder I didn't fall asleep at the wheel and crash my car. The plot had such promise but the story doesn't deliver. If you're contemplating purchasing this audio, I'd suggest you first check out the book at your local library and give it a go that way -- at least you can return a library book.
If you're a fan of very predictable love stories and if Audible lowered the price of this book to $5 or less I'd say go for it. I was disappointed by how predictable the story line was, and how quickly the author disposed of the supernatural aspect of the mysterious graveyard lights. I was hoping for more mystery entwined with a love story and this book just didn't deliver.
If you're looking for a book that gives you an exciting plot with a great pull-it-all-together climax then this book is not for you. It took a bit for me to get into the story but I stuck with it and was glad I did. I got into the groove of Smithy's cross-country trip and looked forward to the hour each weekday of commute time so I could travel with the big lug (that's how I thought of Smithy) on his road trip and be told about the events in his life, past and present, that made him the person he was and to find out what was next going to happen to him "on the road."
The narrator/author, Ron McLarty, struck just the right tone of how I imagined Smithy to be -- an under-achieving blue-collar worker with a good heart who probably scored on the low side of average on an IQ test. He hasn't much of a clue about how to interact with people or how to approach a problem, he just sort of stumbles through. But you want him to succeed, you want him to be happy, and in the end I think he had made strides in that direction.
I'm sorry I wasted one of my credits on this book. Having enjoyed the Ender series I expected the same high-quality story line but was sadly disappointed. I don't think the Mormon aspect was worked into the story very well; I felt like I was being given lessons in Mr. Card's religion. The main character, Skip, had the personality of a wet noodle. A boring book with a "shocker" ending (really though, I saw it coming) which left me with the idea that the author didn't know how to wrap up the story. Good narrator though.
I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this book. Turns out the publisher's summary is the most interesting part. This is a story for the hopelessly romantic gal who wants to simply disengage her brain and escape reality and logic. All I can say about the main character, Grace Montgomery, is that for a smart woman she sure is dumb.
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