I loved this audio book. It was thoroughly entertaining. The narrator does an exceptional job guiding the listener through twists and turns in the plot. And speaking of plot; the suspense is classic 'who dunnit' and horror and comedy and even a little romance (without the formulaic b.s.).
I will definately listen to this one again even though I know what is going to happen, there is so much more going on that it will remain a 'new' book!
Bravo to author French and narrator Crossley!!
I had so much hope for this book but I am disappointed; it began with the thoughts of an intelligent young woman with a story to tell and progressed with an intelligent young woman that pretentiously rambles on with reference after reference after reference of often obscure literature/material. I get it, this girl is smart.... thanks for the constant reminder.
It might not have been so bad but simple observations such as someone’s shoe laces are assigned approximately 3 minutes worth of description, often with references that digress so far off to the side that the initial point is hopelessly lost.
I tried to enjoy this book. I tried to follow along with the story line, going so far as to rewind and listen to a chapter that I drifted off on 2, 3, even 4 times. Honestly! And this applies to several chapters especially after spending 14 hours of monotonous droning (not the narrators fault) before any semblance of “mystery” as is the description of the books genre, begins to even be introduced. Painful.
And I'm sorry, no spoiler, but the ending is anti-climatic. This title does not belong in the mystery genre.
Absolutely painful to get through and I’m still not sure what this book is about.
The premise of this book had potential. I was expecting a somewhat haunting story of past and present crashing together and whatever dynamics in between characters that are imperfect but, what I got was a pseudo "harlequin" type novel.
Very disappointing. The beginning is great, introducing an imperfect character with issues, serious issues. Maybe some of us can relate... until you get a little farther in and you wonder, what the heck happened to the main character? Is HE the main character? I don't know anymore.
The author jumps a few decades into the past and we stay there... and stay there... until we get nice and comfy and then BAM! Into the present for a minute, then travel back again.
I had to rewind and listen a few times to get the gist of what was going on. This is frustrating and confusing. Once I got what was going on, it wasn't so bad until the ending.
Well, this is where I become seriously disappointed. Where shall I start without spoiling it for potential readers? How about Deus ex Machina? How about happy ending barf?
What's missing here is the bonding between characters and reader then the "thing" that makes the book memorable. We may outwardly want the characters to have a happy ending but come on! Be prepared for happy, happy, joy, joy at the end of this book.
The narrator does a fair job but his interpretation of young characters needs some work. Unfortunately, his voice is suited to older characters which makes his performance of children and teens a bit on the comical side.
I didn't realize I bought a book set in colonial America, a genre I thought would be boring but, after just a few minutes of listening, I was hooked.
Ballerini, the narrator, does a fantastic job of keeping the characters separate and distinct without being cartoonish about the personalities.
McCammon, the author, wrote about an era I thought I would never be able to relate to and would normally find dry and overly conservative but, his writing is witty and really brings his characters to life in a modern day way. It can be difficult to understand what our ancestors thought was so funny back then as we might think they are so naive but I laughed out loud many times and realized that humor can bridge the gap of time.
There were many, some funny and some shocking but no spoilers here.
Ballerini did a great job without being hokey as he needed to tackle several languages as well as difficult accents some obscure.
Many laughs, a few moments of frustration and anger were incited.
Great listen all around!!!
I have a renewed appreciation for being alive here and now!!
Yes, it's entertaining and interesting topic.
Legion, is the main character and the most interesting, of course, the author develops this character in a way that leaves the reader wanting to know more about him.
His transitions from character to character are very smooth and effortless even when accents are concerned. He does not exaggerate the females with a high falsetto which is good since I find that distracting and very annoying; same with female narrators that exaggerate the male voice.
The author needs to expound on this character!! More please...
Terrible amateurish narration.
Actual story is pretty good but the narrator is distracting when she portrays men.
Only if she improves her narration of males. She lowers her voice excessively to portray the male characters which is completely unnecessary. It comes off sounding like she's reading a childrens book to a class of 5 year olds.
No crying, some laughing due to narrators style of depicting men.
Change in character gender should be subtle, it isn't necessary for female narrators to portray men by doing a ridiculous bass voice, at least not for adults.
This really effects the flow of the story and is extremely distracting. A male character described as "too handsome" just became snuffalupagus.
I think I would have liked this book better if I had actually read it instead of listened to it. It has all the elements of a mystery that I like, relatable characters, twists and turns. But, I just can't get over Dick Hill's voice. It's a generally agreeable voice but his portrayal of female characters is absolutely grating to me. He uses a very nasal, slightly higher than his own voice, squeal and it sounds almost like he's doing an offensive mock of some female he doesn't like.
I've listened to other books he's narrated and felt the same way. Had I paid attention to who the narrator was when I was just checking it out, I wouldn't have bought it.
I love, love, love this book. I first read the actual book a couple decades ago and it kept me up at night not wanting to put the book down and also just downright afraid to go to sleep! I read it twice more and was absolutely thrilled to find it on Audible.
I will listen to/read this book again for sure. I first connected with the characters then the mysteries were introduced and I was hooked.
I really liked this book. I like how Mr. King introduces the characters, their deepest thoughts and feelings, it's just honest and I found myself empathizing with many of the personalities.
The story, in classic Stephen King style, gets epic towards the end with wild, fantasticly strange and often apocolyptic situations conclude the journey. This can be anticlimatic for me but it works in this book.
Very entertaining, funny and suspenseful.
Ok, I liked "The Red Tree". I like it a lot thus, I thought I would like this book. Well, I was wrong. It wasn't horrible, it was just so moody, whiney and hormonal and then it got downright weird. I still am not sure what the premise of the book is.
"... haunted by the ghosts of those she left behind 10 years ago after a confrontation against an unspeakable evil that left her shattered."
I still don't know what this "unspeakable evil" is. And that bothers me because I usually love this type of mystery, where the author uncovers little tidbits of information from some long forgotten past until there's an 'oh my gosh' reaction from the reader at the end but I am left confused.
I might have to listen to it again but honestly, I found that the narrator's little girl voice, used for the main character Niki, was beginning to seriously annoy me. So, it will be a long time till I want to try it again.
I love this style of book, where several different points of view are depicted by different voices.
Beyond that though, it's simply an interensting book and thouroughly enjoyable.
The author incorporates humor and mystery and just a touch of romance; which I normally steer clear of but in this book it was not at all like the typical.
The ending was a tiny bit disappointing but I got over it quickly enough and is no reason to not enjoy the rest of it.
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