In this case, I believe the audio brings the characters to life rather than overpowering them like it does with some books. Each character's personality comes through with the accent the narrator gives him or her.
The somewhat parallel character arcs. The ending.
The bar scene and the piano player.
If Fate is the conductor of the Ophan Train, will the next stop be home?
The plot was dragging. The long separation of the two main characters- the plodding mushy sentimentality -it was a little too much for a little too long. I'll admit that I fast forwarded- partly due to long internal dialogues- (in the male's narrator's nasal voice that was quite irritating and whiny!) and partly due to the lack of action. I don't think that this book was even necessary. It seems like this was filler. I haven't read or listened to the last book, but I believe everything probably could have been condensed into one large novel.
Something else. The same male narrator is used on the last book. If I do complete the series, I will read the book and not purchase the audio version.
The girl character is okay. She sounds a little young, but does a decent job. The male narrator is absurd. He has an annoying voice- nasal and weak. When an audio version is used to represent the entire character- it is important that the voice be able to represent that character well. His representation of the female characters is grating as well.
I did cry. There were some truly emotional moments. Unfortunately it is hard to get invested in either character when the perspective is constantly shifting.
imagery- "Billy" is not a character per se- more of a plot marker or chess piece.
the idea of time overlapping. this book is an interesting way to describe a situation that may not otherwise be able to be put into words
He sounds utterly bored. Perhaps in an attempt to sound ultra hip or cool- he overshot and came off as half asleep or completely apathetic. It was my biggest complaint.
It was different. I don't think it is amazing- it is just unusual.
People who like Nicholas Sparks
I haven't made it to it yet- cant stomach the romantic dragging of this novel
He REALLY does not need to perform a Southern woman's voice. Sadie comes off as a half drunk or asleep "slow" man woman rather than genteel. She was so whiney though, there wasn't a lot he could have done.
Also, overuse of the word "obdurate". It's like King had a Word of the Day calendar and was trying to get his use out of it.
Everything with Sadie. Ugh. She is a horrible character. I actually didn't care what happened to her and FFWD every time he went home. It was so boring.
I love the premise of this book. The first part in Derry and the parts in Dallas are interesting. The revisits to other novels are unexpected. But the Jodie/Sadie chapters drag and are unnecessary and unwanted romantic filler. I actually haven't finished the book but I have to say that the majority of this book is romantic mush.
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