Very similar to other Kate Morton books, The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton and also similar to The Thirteenth Tail by Diane Setterfield. I say they are similar because they are all a story within a story- someone in the present telling a story of something that happened in the past and it all comes together in the end.
Her voice is very melodic. She captures a persons age and gender without having to change her voice too much to accommodate the different person, but just enough that you know it is different.
If you liked any of Kate Morton's previous work, you will not be disappointed with this book. The end left me with a couple of questions but I think if I re listened to it I would probably work those out, she doesn't give you all of the answers but I think they are there in between the lines and I like that about her style.
This book was very interesting but also very disturbing. The whole story drew me in and I was never quite sure what was about to happen... then I realized that probably the author doesn't know what was going to happen... then it got back on track... kind of. If you want a book that gives you a definitive ending with all the answers, this is not the book for you. This book is scary in the way that makes you question the human mind and wonder how people can think this stuff up. The concept of the story is really really good but
I think a lot of fluff was added to try to make you scared, if you are uncomfortable with any black magic themes I would not listen to this book. I feel like it got lost a little bit toward then end when the author realized that there was no good way to end the mystery without it becoming lame. Instead he opts to just confuse you more and hope that the mystery keeps you intrigued. It kept me intrigued but I didn't think too hard about it and just enjoyed the story without questioning the things that didn't wrap up neatly.
I probably will listen to this book again. I think that there is a lot that could be missed in the first listen that I will probably try to catch next time around.
The narrator was amazing. He switch voices seamlessly and really made each of the personalities really come to life. You can really tell a difference and feel the emotions of each one.
The whole story was very moving. It is a very sad story and does speak a lot about child abuse and sexual abuse in a very extreme manner. If you don't have the stomach for that kind of thing then do not listen to this book. If you are interested in psychology or the coping mechanisms of people who deal with extreme abuse then this is a very good book for you. I felt so sad for Karen throughout the whole story and honestly can't bear to think too hard about the fact that this is supposed to be a true story. It is just too sad that this kind of thing happens in the world.
It is amazing to me the pain that some people can live through. I just want to emphasize again that this book is not for those who have a weak stomach but it is very encouraging to hear about someone who lived and moved past such a hard life. This book was so interesting to me that I could not stop listening. I think I finished it in 3 days which is pretty good for a 15 hour book.
This book kept me interested and guessing the whole time. I really didn't feel like I knew for sure what was going to happen even up to the last chapter! One thing to consider is that the psyche of the two characters in the book is very disturbing so if you are squeamish or easily bothered (not by blood and gore but by the darkness inside a person's mind) then this is not the book for you.
I could not stop listening to this story. It was so heartbreaking and lovely. I would have listened to the whole thing in one sitting if I could have and I found myself driving the long way just to keep listening. The story seems fairly predictable, although not to a point where you know 100% what is going to happen and the ending stays just out of reach the whole time. This is a true love story.
I really enjoyed this book, I knew the name of Charles Lindbergh before listening to the book but the details revealed were so interesting it prompted me to research him a little more. Of course the author addresses the fact that no one really knows what the feelings of Ann Lindbergh truly were but the book completely draws you into what might have been her feelings in her world. I really loved the story and the story made me love Ann Lindbergh.
The narrator's voice just kind of grated on my nerves. He kind of growled out words when there was emphasis and it didn't set well with me. Might have just been me though, definitely listen to the sample and judge for yourself
This book was a nice thought. The story sounded so interesting, and it was, but I did not love the execution of the idea. This is my first book by Dean Koontz, and I thought because he is so popular I would probably love it, but the style really annoys me. He over discribes EVERYTHING. This is a personal pet peeve of mine so others might not be so annoyed with it. If you love Dean Koontz, you might love this.
Very consistent with Kate Morton's other books. If you like those then you will like this one as well.
This series is a great listen if you just want something fun and pretty light to listen to on a trip. There is really not a lot of depth to the story, but it is an interesting concept. Really nothing new as far as how the zombie process works, just not as scary as much as entertaining. Don't read this if you want something very deep and thought provoking, but it is a nice lighthearted listen.
I really liked this book at the beginning it was a nice mystery that kept unfolding... then all of a sudden it was like the book switched genres. Suddenly there were weird alien things and other dimensions. I guess that's great for people who love that kind of book but I'm more of a fan of the mystery/"something weird is happening so lets figure it out" type of book. I will however acknowledge that this is a personal preference and other reviews do say this is a sci-fi book. I personally wish the book resolved itself differently but it was true to its genre and I can't fault the author for that. Some things in the story also didn't make a lot of sense as far as the character reactions to things that were happening. But also I don't have a lot of frame of reference as to how people should react in a sci-fi setting.
On another note, Ray Porter was FANTASTIC. His voices were perfect and switched seamlessly. I will definitely find other books narrated by him if they are available.
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