I listen to audiobooks when I'm driving and when I'm hiking. With some books, I drift away from the story and have to rewind but not with this one. This audiobook kept my attention the whole way through and I was really sad to get to the end of it because I wanted more.
I tried a couple times to get into this novel, but I never got past the first three hours. My mind would just drift away because it was so slow moving. Maybe a story eventually develops, but I'll never know.
Buy and listen to this one if you are reading the "In Death" series; otherwise, skip it. I thought this was at the bottom of the list out of the first ten books in the series, but I'll keep reading because I have enjoyed the rest of the books a lot more than this one and hope this book isn't the beginning of a downhill slide.
A great story - a little history, a little fantasy, a little romance, a little reality, and a lot of humanity. I really enjoyed this story.
I just kept getting bored and my mind would wander away from the story; so then I'd have to rewind it and try to listen to the sections I missed. I got halfway through without giving up on it.
After listening to "11-22-63", which was my first Stephen King book, I couldn't wait to listen to more of Stephen King's novels; so I listened to "It" and that was a really good story. Then after "It", I listened to "The Stand" and that was almost as good as "It." So, I moved on to "Dreamcatcher" expecting another good story, but I got a slow moving novel with characters that just didn't capture my attention.
I saw this novel compared to "The Help", and was surprised because "The Help" was much better than "Beautiful Ruins" - at least in my opinion. This was a good story, but not an unforgettable one.
This book had good reviews; so I thought I'd give it a try. It was my first Stephen King Novel, but it won't be my last. This is a really interesting story that is both nostalgic and forward looking at the same time - great entertainment with depth.
I'm moving on to Stephen King's "IT" because I want to know more about the history of Derry, Maine and the clown.
I tried twice, but it was just didn't catch my interest. A slow moving story.
Overall, this book is not as good as the others in the series.
The portions of the book dedicated to Willie drag. The sections of the book that are primarily about Lord John Grey and do not include the main characters are also slow moving. After listening to this book, I realize I won't bother with the "Lord John Grey" series.
The escapades of the main characters Jamie and Claire, as well as the portions devoted to Roger and Briana, are interesting and engaging.
The details both added to the story and took away from it. The story was a wonderful idea, but to allow the reader to imagine the scenes lengthy details are needed, and these necessary details make the story slow moving. Overall, I enjoyed listening but I can't say I'd want to listen to the book again.
The narration is good and the words paints a beautiful picture of Africa, but the story just isn't there.
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