Picks up where Heartsick left off, but isn't half as good. The story is slow and formulaic. Seemed to just drag on without really progressing anywhere. The fact that the main male character (Archie) survives is simply unbelievable. Closes with a gratuitous opening for a sequel. Disappointing.
This book was just awful. I really can't find a good thing to say about. The writing is terrible. The characters are unlikeable and engage in the most unrealistic dialogue this side of a George Lucas film. The plot is plodding, boring, and tedious.
A good narrator can propel a mediocre book to greater heights. Paul Michaels is, however, not a good narrator. Coupled with the unrealistic and boring plot, Michaels' poor narration makes this audiobook just about unbearable. Why, with a novel as popular as this, would the publishers not secure a more capable narrator?
I'm not entirely clear who Brown's target audience is. This book is so pretentious that you would believe it is aimed at a fairly sophisticated audience. However, it is so poorly written it is unlikely to appeal to any reader who wants their authors to have at least a modicum of talent. I'm willing to overlook talent for an author who can tell a good story, but Brown doesn't even succeed on this front with this book.
As has been said before, if you like this sort of thing, then The Lost Secret is the sort of thing you'll like. However, if you're interested in good writing, or even just good storytelling, this has neither.
I have to say I'm astounded folks are even giving this two stars, let alone four or five! This is one of the worst books it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. Above and beyond the flat, poorly written narrative is the author's narration. Why in the world someone at Random House Audio didn't tell this guy how bad his narration was is beyond me. I agree with another reviewer that Harris sounds like Gomer Pyle trying to pronounce French, German, and Japanese. His French is unbelievably bad. Was any effort even made to correct his pronunciation? Admittedly, Hannibal Rising is such a horrible novel that no narrator could have helped it much, but Harris is, without question, the worst narrator I have ever heard. Just flat out embarrassing.
Definitely the worst of the "Odd" books, and given the declining quality, hopefully the last. This book never seemed to get going, and when it did, it was over. While all the "Odd" novels require a suspension of disbelief, the suspension necessary to believe this book is just too much. I've also come to find Odd irritating and despite his constant, and I mean constant, self-deprecation, quite arrogant. In addition, the humor in the book is terribly weak and nauseatingly relentless. Setting it in a monastery was theoretically a nice plot twist, but was just too unbelievable. What's next? "Odd in Space?"
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