The story was fun, the characters likeable, nice summer read... but I wish I had purchased the actual book. I found the narrator's delivery very annoying. Okay, now I'm being picky, but I found her to be too breathy, drawing out the last syllable of the last word of most every sentence. I couldn't get past it.
Please understand, I think Edward Herrmann has a melodic, compelling voice. His delivery is great... when he's not mispronouncing Pacific NW names. Having grown up in Seattle, I can understand the difficulty, there are some unusual ones. But I cringed every time he said Post Intelli- GEN-cer, and Boh-Marche. Several place names of American Indian origin were also mangled. Surely SOMEONE could have helped with these and made an excellent book, perfect.
Interesting premise, good narration, and while difficult to follow the time line (for obvious reasons), very entertaining. That is, until I got to about half way through the second part. It really started to drag. I so wanted the author to end Henry and Claire's misery. When it FINALLY did end, the way it ended was so disappointing. It's not my place as a reader to dictate the final bow, and it's not that I mind being left wondering a bit. It's that this grand tale deserved a rich ending. That just didn't happen.
"Disturbing." That's the only way I could describe this book to the friend who recommended it to me. About a third of the way through, I told her I wasn't sure I could finish listening, I found the subject matter so difficult to endure. And honestly, it wasn't the brutality of the murder, or the fact that a child was the suspect. It was the description of mental illness that could fly so far under the radar, a parent might not recognize it. But Landay had me hooked. While I imagined several endings, what the author conjured up was NOT one of the possibilities. The narrator, Gardner, was very good. I have to end this so I can look up other books he's read.
The characters were intriguing, the plot draws you in. The narrator's skill with accent and inflection makes this an easy listen. I use audible to keep me exercising... after this one, I'm tired! Couldn't put it down.
Had it not been for the great reviews, I think I would have given up on "Prisoner" before the trial ended. Once the main character, Danny, got to prison, however, the book got more interesting. In fact it was hard to stop listening. The narrator was excellent, and the author's insight in to prison life and Swiss banking made "Prisoner" an educational as well as fun read/listen.
The main character, Adam, is very compelling in his screw-up turned good-guy mission. The writing is concise, and sometimes LOL funny. The plot was not always completely believable (they hand him a Porche and a high rise condo two weeks into the job?), but it IS fiction, and the twists kept the plot moving. The narrator is very good... this is a fun summer read.
... which is what listeners should pay, based on the length (six downloads). But the fact that it's a good deal for one credit is merely icing on the cake. This sequel defies the odds and is just as compelling as Pillars of the Earth. I'm told these two stories are not characteristic of Ken Follet's novels. Still, I find myself compelled to read more of his work... riveting!
Such a charming story... especially for anyone who grew up in a big family in the 50's. (Though I think people of all ages will enjoy the spunk and wit of Evelyn Ryan, recounted so well by her daughter) I wish though, that the author had sprung for a narrator rather than reading it herself. Terry Ryan's unprofessional monotone detracted from her good writing. Also, because some of the poems and jingles use "made-up" or convoluted language, they might be more easily understood in print.
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