I can't believe that other reviewers compared this to Courtenay's brilliant book The Power Of One. This one falls so short of that mark that the two should not be mentioned in the same paragraph. I have read many other of this author's books and in my opinion this one is the worst. Everyone is different and I know that many people loved this book, but for me it was shallow, predictable and trite.
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!
I chose this book based on reviews and didn't take the time to listen to a sample. I will not make that mistake again. The overly dramatic performance by Scott Brick was nauseating; when I got to the part where his voice was breaking over a dead lizard I knew I was done. I almost always finish a book, even if I don't think it is that great, but this book was so annoying I just could not go on any longer. Oh yes, the story line is also quite unbelievable. So here is a review to counteract all those listeners that loved it, count me a dissenting voice. Everyone is different, but I suggest you listen to the preview before you buy. This is one book I wish I could get my credit back on.
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