There's not one thing about this book I didn't like. I enjoyed the narrator, characters, and plot. I would have enjoyed it more if the final battle at the end had been expanded, but it was still a great book.
It would be hard to express in words my disappointment in this book. I love Dean Koontz, he is my all time favorite author, but this is the slowest and most boring book I have ever read. I kept waiting for the book to get going and have a something of a climax but it never happened. It's as if Koontz has been abducted by alien or demonic body snatchers the book was that bad. So while I love all other Koontz books don't get this one; it was painful to listen to and I couldn't wait for it to end. If you don't want to know what happens read no further. The story is told in first person by a young African American boy who comes from a musical family and wants to be a piano man. His father is a dead beat looser who leaves his wife and kid and then hooks up with bad people who in the end make a bomb to blow up a bank so they can steal money. The boy, his son, is in the bank with friends when it blows. His best friend's sister dies and he becomes paralyzed from the waist down. Because he can identify the bad guys to the cops they come for him a few months later and his grandfather beats them with a baseball bat and the cops come to arrest them. All of that took nearly 13 hours. Do not get this book.
Koontz - please don't write another one like this. It sucked and is not nearly as great of story as you have produced in the past.
It's rare for me to give 5 stars for everything, but this book deserved it. The narrator was amazing and absolutely made the book. Any short comings in the story were completely overcome by the narrator who was fabulous. The story was really good and thoroughly enjoyable. Good character development and plenty of twists. Definitely recommend it.
The story was just okay. The story wasn't original and the characters were not that memorable, but it wasn't bad. There were a lot, and I mean a lot, of F*** bombs which I didn't like. There were also a lot of incorrect details regarding the mentioned religion and area. The author got far more wrong than right, so be careful not to believe everything you hear; especially in regards to the religion.
The story was painfully obvious less than half way through. Other than that it was good.
The narrator is fantastic. The story is just okay, not great but not horrible. However, I don't appreciate a lot of foul language in my books, especially unnecessary bad language and this books has a lot of "F___" bombs in it that don't fit. So because the story was just barely okay and had really bad language I would recommend skipping this one.
The book is a 3/4. It has great villains and the cops are decent. The story developed well with some great twists and wasn't totally predictable. The writer couldn't pull off the heroes humor or coffee quirk though. If it had a better narrator it would have ranked higher. Its not that the narrator did a horrible job, its just that his voice was perfect for the villain who had very few lines, but retched for the hero. The narrators voice turned the image of the hero into a pathetic loser.
I love Molly Harper's whit and writing style. You get great laughs, a good story, fun characters, some passion rather than just straight sex, and a good plot. This one is another winner in her arsenal.
I admire anyone who can write a book; however, this one was not only written for young teenagers, but comes across as written by one. Everything, and I mean everything, about this book screams "I was written by a 14 year old;" a novice 14 year old with delusions at that. The book also has horrible language. The plot, the characters, the overall story was very immature, and poorly developed. The narrator was awful and flat as well. I enjoy well written young adult books, but this was not well written. No redeemable qualities in this book.
This is the first James Bond book I have listened to and while it wasn't bad, it really wasn't that great, average at best. It doesn't really follow the movie that close and for me the movie was overwhelmingly better and the characters more complex and deep than the book. Overall, I wasn't impressed and wouldn't listen to another.
I don't know what the other reviewers saw in this book, but for me it was horrid. It was boring, simplistic, and just yuck. It was written from a young boys perspective and dealt with him watching these girls grow up and them killing themselves. I did not find it insightful, touching, memorable, or anything beyond a waste.
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