While the story line was fine, the narration of this book was awful. I am not sure why everyone is giving Scott Brick such rave reviews. If he spoke at a pace that people would normally speak, the book would have taken half as long to listen to, would have been easier to follow and would have just been a generally more enjoyable listen. When there is a sense of urgency in the writing, there should be a sense of urgency in the reading. Instead, every single bit of dialogue was dragged out and read way too slowly. It was completely monotonous. I couldn't wait for this book to end.
This book took me a long time to go through, because I actually needed to listen, read and look words up in order to follow along. There are a significant number of British colloquialisms that will fly right over your head if you're not familiar with them. In addition, there are a number of references to British pop culture and history (For example, do you know what gravadlax is? Have you ever seen a Scotch Egg? Do you know who Sonia Sutcliffe is? ) that won't make any sense unless you do the research. Unfortunately, I didn't find the story to be worth all the effort that went in to understanding it. The plot and the characters were implausible and I was glad when it was over. It was really an exhausting read, and not in a good way.
This book was recommended to me by a few different people, so I figured it would be worth a listen. It's a very nice, yet predictable read. Keeping in mind that it is really a YA book, I wouldn't really expect much different. I do plan to encourage my two middle school children to read it, because the message the book imparts is truly a good one. The narration was fine, with the exception of the voice of the main character, who sounded so much like Marge Simpson that I couldn't wait to get past those parts of the story.
I just finished listening to the book and I feel like I'm missing some good friends in the main characters. I'm sad to see them go. The narration was very well done, with the narrator voicing the characters in a believable yet not overly affected manner. I am not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this book tied together this genre with the thriller in excellent form, to create something that fans of both genres would appreciate. I felt like the end of the story was a little strange, but still satisfying--I guess that's Stephen King for you. This book is definitely worth the 30 hours that it takes to listen. You won't feel bad about committing that kind of time.
I guess I had forgotten that I already wrote a review panning a book narrated by Scott Brick. I should have listened to my own advice and steered clear of this one! Scott Brick portrayed every character with the same monotonous, demented sort of way. It's hard to follow the story when the protagonists and antagonists have the same sing-songy, supposedly evil sounding voice. I think I'm going to have to abandon this book mid stream. It's that bad.
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