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Hope

Piedmont, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Nickle
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother's cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope.

    Abraca says: "Entertaining"
    "I Was Misled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Eutopia?

    From the book summary, the cover and the audio sample, I thought this book was about a social experiment gone horribly wrong and the impact it had on real people and families. Instead it is a story in the sci-fi/horror genre which is not a type of book I enjoy. As it got more and more


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1605)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Hated the Narration!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I can't tell if this was a good story or not. The narration drove me nuts. Scott Brick narrates with a sing song, overly dramatic style as though each sentence in the book is somehow deeply significant. There is no subtly, no shading of weight and meaning; nothing understated. Without these, there can be no building of suspense. It is like every sentence is underlined. Melodrama instead of drama. In my opinion, the great actors and narrators can convey so much more by doing so much less. I have heard one other book narrated by Scott Brick and I felt the same way. I will never buy another.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harlan Coben? Why or why not?

    Not sure


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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