I have only listened to this book for an hour, and I had to force myself for that hour. Another reviewer put it perfectly -- Mr. Percy reads with much too much drama, putting huge emphasis on words that really shouldn't be emphasized, making every sentence seem sinister, and so the whole experience of listening to him is frankly a little painful.
I'll keep the book in my library, and maybe I'll feel like trying it again someday, because I like horror stories and maybe I'm not giving it enough of a chance. We'll see...
It was totally unexpected. And riveting. It was just a darn good horror story!
I thought both of them did an excellent job. I usually don't like books with more than one narrator, so I was skeptical, but it was appropriate that there were two narrators, since there were two timelines to the story.
I loved this book -- it's entertaining and fun. the narrator did a great job -- the different voices were very easy to distinguish, and the voice of the dog especially I loved! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series, and I hope the same narrator reads those as well.
I love this series, but I don't think I'll listen past the 3rd book. I don't know what's with the narrator. It seems like most of the characters in the book talk like old decrepit pirates. and I've noted that the reviews on the books after this one have many complaints about the narrator. I had to force myself to finish it because his voice bothered me so much -- and I loved the narrator in the first 2 books, so I don't know what happened! This breaks my heart, because I so wanted to listen to the next 2 books, but I've been scared away.
This is the 2nd time I've "read" The Secret History (the first time I actually read it). I had to go back and listen to it again because I remember being entranced by the relationship of the main characters. Well, it was even better the 2nd time around. The story lets you know at the very beginning that one of them dies, but the book isn't really about that -- it's about what happens to people after they've committed a horrendous act and they have to live with it. The knowledge that they can't go back and un-do the past. And how it binds them together forever. One person may be dead, but the others will live with the regret for the rest of their lives.
Probably not. While I enjoyed it, it had long stretches that went on too long for me. I think the idea behind the book was fascinating, but it got boring by the end. It would tease me with something that could have potentially been exciting, but when it came down to the end it was just boring. I really liked Neal Stephenson's "Reamde" and I was hoping this would be more like that.
Less non-action and philosophy and more, not necessarily action since I'm not an "action" type of gal and generally I like thoughtful books, but maybe a swifter resolution.
No I haven't, but I REALLY liked the narrator. In fact, I've since purchased a couple more books specifically because they're read by him. I think that the reason I stuck with the book through all its boring parts was because of the narrator.
No - frankly I was glad when it was over... the story was great, but way way too long.
The many-layered story - so many stories at once. I absolutely LOVED this story. The characters were all lovable (Pat at the end of the book only - didn't like him much at the beginning of his entrance to the story.)
The ending - I had to make sure my tears didn't interfere with my driving!
I haven't, but I would love too. Mr. Ballerini was fantastic. I'll definitely look into other books he's narrated.
The total unexpectedness of the reason for the building's creepiness. And the characters were great - very believable.
He did a good job with the different voices -- especially Veek (sp?) and one voice in particular toward the end of the book. I don't want to give it away - but it's very scary.
I read this while driving to work, and at times I was so wrapped up in the story that it's lucky I didn't get into an accident. I couldn't wait to get in my car after work just to continue the story.
Yes - I already did. I really liked the character of Claire DeWitt.
Rather than one moment being memorable, the whole book brought back the horror of Katrina and how awful it was to be in New Orleans during that time. It seems to have happened years ago, and probably most people have forgotten, or even didn't know how horrible it was.
She's got the perfect voice for a hard-bitten, cynical, and tough on the surface private detective. A little gravelly - and does a pretty good job in differentiating the characters.
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