I had actually read Beautiful Creatures, the first book in this series. So I was expecting a good story out of Beautiful Darkness. But I did not find it to be so. There was way too much whining and not much action thru the entire first half of the story. I know Ethan lost his mother and Lena her uncle but the moaning and crying just went on too long. Once the story finally took off I had already lost interest.
The narrator was just not my favorite. The voices he used for some of the more interesting characters was just annoying and grated on my nerves. Maybe it was just me but I was turned off my the entire narration.
I know so many enjoyed this book and performance, but I was not among them.
No. Maybe it is a better read than a listen.
He did make sure we knew each characters voice and was consistent with it thru out the story.
I enjoyed the story line and all the main characters. A lot. But then when we got to the end I found myself very disappointed that much of the mystery in the book never gets explained. No one comes to justice. The bad guys, of which I am never sure who all they are, just get to skate free. Or die by unknown methods.
It had been years since reading anything from Robin Cook. But when the pre-sale synopsis showed up here, the story sounded promising. And the premise behind the story was. But it seemed to me like this was written as a screenplay and not an actual book. There was absolutely no character development. No depth. Nothing. I would not recommend this to anyone. Instead, wait to see if it does become a movie and just watch that.
It is rare that I don't have the villian all figured out by 2/3 of the way thru the book. But this story is so well written and I didn't have it figured out until the author wanted us to know. I love the way the story jumps from Reggie's childhood to adulthood to tell the story. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a good mystery. But beware, there is some cursing in the book. But not enough to turn an average reader off.
I did not previously know about Nancy Wake. And it had been a good long time since I learned much about WWII history. So reading about her story and the role of France in the war was probably the only thing that made me finish this book. I found the constant french pronunciation of words to be very distracting. And the narrator does a lot of very audible swallowing at the end of many of the longer sentences.
If you like history, especially when a woman is the subject of the story then maybe this is for you. So many others seemed to have loved this book but for me, it was just too drawn out and hard to listen to.
I love how this story slowly unfolded. And it had more twists and turns that I adored. But the narrator was not my favorite by far. Even adjusting for the English accent I did not care for her voices for any of the characters except for the main one. When she did the children, it was really not attractive. But the story more than made up for it.
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