Although some people might be at first daunted by the length of this book, by the end of it they might possibly be like me and wishing for it to go on. I ended up purchasing a copy of the book so that I could have a copy of the family tree. This really helped in the beginning to keep track of the characters. As another reviewer mentioned, it took a bit of time to get used to the voice of the reader, but by the end I don't think anyone could have done a better job. The story itself is terrific, a wonderful glimpse into those times. This is truly great literature and a most entertaining listen. I highly recommend this book. You will find yourself thinking about it even when you aren't listening to it.
If you don't mind a little murder story along with your relationship novel then you might enjoy this book. If you want an intriguing story with a plot then pass on this one. The story drags on implausibly mired in mental illness, divorce, infidelity, poor parenting, the entire Dr. Phil spectrum, but solving the murder seems to be not much more than a side story. The reader is very talented and does a creditable job of portraying the pathetic characters.
Reading the other reviews enticed me into buying this book. What a letdown it was for me! I found the characters to be completely annoying and unbelievable, and the supposed "Horror" aspect missing entirely. I honestly don't know what the other reviewers were talking about with regard to this being the book that all other haunted house stories were based on. I listened to the entire book waiting for it to become interesting or shocking but instead was relieved when it was finally finished.
This story started off ok but then deteriorated into something totally lacking in credibility. We all like a smart, tough heroine, enjoy seeing her outwit the stupid men who are trying to take advantage of her, but Pirio is a super woman. Aside from the absurdity of the story the performance was good but I would not buy another book from this author.
A dear friend recommended this book to me so I thought sure I would really enjoy it, but I didn't. The story is OK, and the reader does a fine job, there are just too many stereotypical characters. I couldn't believe in or relate to them. It just plods along to its inevitable conclusion. I have listened to many terrific books set in India and enjoyed them but this sadly was not one of them.
This is a terrifically gripping book, it will give you much to think about beyond the story. I feel like I learned a lot from Amanda's story; about pain, depression, courage and hope. I listened to the last 4 hours straight through, even though I knew the ending it was so fascinating to hear the saga. Amanda does a wonderful job of reading the book, she is quite gifted. I am not going to go into what it is about, you can read that anywhere. I don't listen to a lot of non fiction or biographies, but this own is fabulous.
I selected this book based on reviews and I was very disappointed. The main character is a "super woman" who although she caves in on the job to a panic attack can mount a heroic escape from a deranged killer and move on with her agenda. I don't know people like this. The main plot of the victims of sexual abuse is interesting and compelling but the story built around this theme was cheesy to me. I like to have an illusion of reality and also it helps if you like the main character. "Kat" was neither believable or likable for me. Some of the other reviewers said this is classic Greg Iles, so now I know not to buy any more of his books.
If you want something to keep you listening and thinking, this isn't it. It is cotton candy for the mind. I have never listened to this author before so I didn't know that she wrote romance stories. If that is what you are looking for then you will probably enjoy this, so many other reviewers have. If you want excitement or suspense don't buy this one.
I am a big fan of this author but sometimes the stories overdose on violence, that is not the case with this book. It is the second one in the series and even better than the first. The story has the author's usual dry wit which I enjoy very much. The mystery is good and I really like the background of Belfast during "The Troubles." The reader is excellent so I gave the book 5 stars all the way around!
I just looked over the other reviews of this book and I am struck by how many people loved it, just a couple of reviewers had the same experience that I did. I was caught up right away by the story, thought it was going to be great and ordered a paper copy for a friend. I should have waited. Perhaps reading it wouldn't be as bad as listening to the reader who told the story from Peter's perspective. Whine whine whine! Even during the time in his life when he is supposedly happy he sounds whiney. I had hoped for a story more about Texas and less about relationships in this family. It seemed to me frequently to be written not from the actual history, but more from a politically correct point of view currently in fashion. This is not great literature or great performance, think twice before using your credit on this book.
This is one of the best mysteries I have listened to in a long time. It is the kind of story that you find yourself thinking about even when you aren't listening. In the beginning I felt a bit confused about the character's names, but after a bit I was able to keep them straight. And what interesting characters they are! The reader does an amazing job, using a Danish accent for the characters and then switching for the narration. It is truly an intriguing story that I would recommend to any mystery fans. I had to make myself turn off the ipod so I would listen it all up!
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