The narration is perfect for the story, but the environmental message behind the plot is a little heavy handed. If you already know a lot about ecology, the revelations of the main character aren't as awe inspiring as the author would like them to be. If you are looking for your first Kingsolver book, listen to The Poisonwood Bible. It is riveting!
I gave this book 6 of its 32 hours to get me excited about it. I like historical fiction, which is why I chose this book, but I am not too keen on romance or science fiction. The plot seemed contrived and the characters, other than the heroine, were two dimensional. I was able to anticipate most plot twists in the 6 hours I listened, but maybe there was more excitement to come later in the book; it IS 32 hours long! On the positive side, the narrator was excellent!
After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I was hooked on her disturbed and visceral characters and suspenseful storytelling. Dark Places is just as much of a "page turner". It will leave you pondering the characters and plot for some time.
I have a long commute to work in rush hour traffic, which was rendered ecstatically enjoyable by this audiobook. If someone stopped next to me in traffic were to peek in my car, they might catch me laughing out loud, banging the steering wheel in anger, or crying. I actually sat in the parking lot at work for a few minutes after a very sad scene to dry my eyes and recover for the day. Amazing book!
Yes! This audiobook was so fun to listen to. The characters all seem familiar to me; maybe I just know a bunch of crazy people. The drama that unfolds at a Catholic boys school is a microcosm of adult life. This book challenges the listener to think about issues of religion, friendship, romance, career, and the workings of the universe. Very cool.
There is no changing the story; it's non-fiction! :) But the author's take on the events was too one-sided and macho for me. I can see this as a movie with a bunch of buff actors with square jaws and shaved heads.
His voice is very manly, which is perfect for this book. It was a little too macho for me, but some may like it.
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