I recommend the story. Denise Mina's writing is strong and this is no exception - the story moves well, the characters are clear and strong, the storyline is well-written and a good read.
She didn't hit the range and depth of the characters. She made some of them sound whiny and I didn't feel the same connection to the story and characters that I did with the earlier narrator - who I felt was a great match for Mina's writing. This narrator didn't seem to be able to get into the world of the writing and it created a disconnect with it at times as I listened. Some of the characterizations were way off base and at times I felt like I was listening to an elementary school teacher in a room with young children - it just did not fit the story and characters.
The writing is solid. Solid enough that I can listen through the narrator's lack of "getting" a good handle on it. I'd say it's still worth a listen - or at least buy the book and read it. The story is good.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The story itself flows and is modern and unpretentious, engaging and layered. The author manages to weave in new technology and characters, with a fun sense of mystery and a good pace, along with ancient mystery. It has been a while since I've had this much fun reading/listening to a book. And I can't put it down - only when I have to, for sleep, or at work where it would be impossible to do my job with headphones on; I drive with it, exercise with it, answer emails with it, even type in edits on my own book listening to it.
The narrator is really good, as well. I enjoy the voice, and the characters are distinguishable and clear and consistent. A joy to listen to - and I'm currently looking at other books read by this person.
I've purchased a print copy of this book for one friend, a digital copy for another friend, and will buy a gift of audiobook for another friend.
The story is clever and Fforde does a nice job of making the fictional parts of the story blend with the familiar. The protagonist has the qualities we want a good one to have: things we like and admire and she has her flaws. She is tough and human and "real."
The story moves at a good pace. And I love some of the names (such Bthe character raxton Hicks, Next's aunt and uncle's names, the division where she works). It's a good detective story, with bits of chase scenes, humor and suspense.
The narrator does a nice job with character differentiation and her voice works really well for this story. Her pacing is good and I enjoy listening to her read.
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