I love this book. It's the classic 70s romance novel. Forbidden love, fate, tragedy, all that good stuff. All set in Australia.
The narration is the worst I have ever heard. The woman speaks with an American accent other than the character's voices, WHY?? All the characters are Australian!! The book is entirely SET in Australia! I don't even think the word American is in the book!!
When she does speak in an Australian accent it is embarrassingly bad. All the characters end up sounding like in bred backwards fools. She even had the basic pronunciation of things like Emu's and Galas completely wrong. I can only assume this recording is ancient. I would wait for a replacement or skip it.
I am clearly not the target audience for this book. It's a cliche of action/adventure. Lots of guns, hot chicks and hard men. Seriously. I don't understand the appeal.
If you enjoy endless descriptions of weaponry and gunfights go for it. I could barely finish it.
I still enjoyed this. It was a well done whodunit with an edge. Flynn is EXPERT at drawing acid tongued, vile women and there is a plethora of them in this fast paced, edgy book.
I was NOT a fan of the reader. She sounds WAY too old! The girl in this book is in her early thirties and this reader sounds much older.
It was good, but very different from Gone Girl, which I LOVED, and wanted another one of course. This is very different, but still great.
This is such horrendous self indulgent rubbish. WHY this woman is held up as some kind of 'thinker' is beyond me. Vile.
I'm not sure what all other negative reviewers are on about. I really enjoyed this. I must say, I'm not a big reader of horror/thriller stuff, but this was great. Scared me so much in some parts I couldn't listen at night. I like the way the different characters and stories wove together. I loved the sense of doom and it built really well.
I had no problem with Ron Pearlman's performance. I liked his deep tone and he did the growling and creepy bits really well.
I think most of the negative reviews are very harsh and some of them just simply wrong. Loved it.
I LOVED this book. The narrator is the best I have heard, completely exceptional in every way, the different voices of all these different boys were all very clearly defined and easy to follow. The changes in pace were perfect... very impressive. The story is complex and yet fast paced, the dialog is brilliant and funny.
This book is basically about a group of boys at a Catholic boarding school. It's in contemporary times, they have iPods and internet porn. There is a messed up teacher, the kind of 'result' that these young boys can expect from life, he is not the hero. The hero is an unlikely character who dies in the first 10 minutes. We then go back in time to see what lead up to that moment and the final part of the book takes you past the moment of Skippy's death.
The language is brilliantly written, the interactions between the boys ring so true and are in turns hilarious and heartbreaking. The adults surrounding these boys are far more deluded and messed up than the boys and that's part of the charm. Yes there is sex, and bad language, and descriptions of porn and violence.
This is not a kids book. But it felt like a very real description of what goes on inside the heads of boys. I am a woman, so I found that fascinating. I must say the writer clearly has an issue with women, all the female characters are pretty unlikeable and mostly one dimensional. I was worried I would not like the book with all this testosterone flying around, but I love love loved it. I miss all the boys, and am still thinking of them...
It really rewards a second listen as you pick up on stuff and connections you missed in the first. If you liked Dead Poets Society the movie, then you will love this, very similar feel. GET IT NOW!
This book was SO thin on ANY kind of character development or emotional involvement is was a very empty read. I bought this book thinking it might be a good book for me after LOVING the Hunger Games. WRONG. It's just endless dull descriptions of battle scenes and poor dialog. Sorry, I see many loved this, I just don't know what I missed. Depressingly dull and boring. Wasted credit.
This was a real 'meh' story. I loved the narrator, loved the Australian accents (I am Australian) it is well written, I should have loved it, but it was predictable and slow and just...meh! I didn't engage with the characters enough to care about what was happening to them. But it was ok.
This is a great listen. The narrator is good, gives the necessary manly gruffness required for what he was saying not to sound too geeky.
Fascinating story, you really get a sense of understanding Wall Street.
I do think the author was repetitive with his descriptions of some things, but you liked him and forgave him. You got a real sense of how enraged he was/is about what happened, or didn't happen.
I should have known from the cover that this was a good old fashioned bodice ripper, complete with the brutish man and waif like girl.
It's SO predictable, the sex scenes were completely cringe worthy and the narrator had the most bizarre intonations, drove me crazy.
I liked the bits with the dogs, but overall, disappointing, dull, predictable, boring, meh!
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