I don't think this story could have been redeemed
In order to get the most from this story I would have needed a translator to help me understand the multitude of foreign phases, a dictionary to help me understand the overuse of pedantic words and somebody throwing ice water in my face to keep me awake.
George Guidall is one of my favorite readers but even he could not make this story interesting.
I did not listen long enough (2 hours to get my attention didn't suffice) so the question should be what scenes needed to be kept in order to make the story entertaining.
It is not communicating if it is not understood.
We almost missed this one due to a few bad reviews. We listened anyway and thank goodness we did. This story ties together the history of the Cahills and introduces the Vespers in a manner just as exciting , or maybe more so, than the previous books. This book was a favorite of the whole family, including my very picky (but altogether wonderful) wife.. It still befuddles me how so many writers can work together to keep continuity but by golly they do. David Pittu has the tone of the story down pat and never gets hard to listen to.
The Rapp series is completely transformed by the Narrator who makes Mitch sound like a high-school student. I don't know how the story ended because I could not listen to the narrators whiny voice longer than the first hour. Bring back George Guidal! The book probably deserves more stars, others by Flynn certainly did, but I will never know.
This entire series has inspired my four children, ages 8 through 20, buy the books for their personal libraries.. The character development throughout the series was evolutionary and satisfying. The ending, the ...climax...while filled with pathos, was inspired. Simon Jones read as if he were several people, all excited about the characters. I thank Jonathan Stroud for many hours of enjoyable listening.
Most people, at least I, seldom laugh when alone. Life expectancy evoked several loud, spontaneous bursts from me that would have been embarrassing if others had been present. Surprise and suspense are part of DK's verbal tool chest and he included plenty of both in Life Expectancy. Nice people, evil people switch back turns and twists kept me awake behind the wheel the whole way through. This book rates right up there with Odd Thomas.
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