I am always looking for something offbeat and different and my wish was granted with this book! This is a dark story with unexpected twists and turns. I truly enjoyed the narration as well, and found myself listening to the story long after my commute was over.
There are so many good books out there in the urban fantasy genre, don't waste your time on this one. It was so dull, I found my mind constantly wandering as I checked over and over again to see if I was any closer to the end. The conclusion of the book was, to put it nicely, anti-climactic. I was sucked in by the many positive reviews, but I was just bored, bored, bored and had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue due to the accent of the narrator.
Really enjoyed all the many hours involved in listening to this novel. This is one of those "best books" recommendations that was right on target. I liked the many narrators and the way it helped when listening to divide the stories of each generation of the family.
The good reviews sucked me in to listening to this rather tedious book. I found the main character to be generally unlikeable and, honestly, couldn't have cared less about what happened to her. The "surprising" ending I had been expecting was pretty anti-climactic and I was just happy to have it all end. Although well written, I can't say this was a particularly captivating story.
So if you were wondering whatever happened to the young boy in The Shining (one of my all time favorite "popcorn" book reads), here's your answer. I must admit that, initially, I really disliked this book and hated what the author did with the main character, but the story got more and more interesting and I found that I was really enjoying it a few hours in. I still think Stephen King could use a good editor to pare down his sometimes excessive prose, but overall found that I really enjoyed this book. Narration was decent and the many hours I listened went by fairly rapidly.
This is an interesting twist on the creepy apartment building story, and not one I was expecting! Although very far fetched, I did enjoy the story and found myself entertained throughout. Overall, however, I don't think I can give it more than 4 stars.
What can go wrong, does go wrong in this black comedy of a housesitting job gone terribly, terribly wrong. The writing is first rate and the narration right on target. I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the course of this book. I picked this up due to the deservedly high marks given by other listeners and I'm glad I did! I will be recommending it to my friends.
I really liked this book. The characters, dialogue and story rang true and I found it all compelling enough that my mind didn't wander while I was listening. I think some people might find it a little slow or lacking in drama and/or thrills. I enjoyed the quality writing and glimpse inside the business of art.
This is a book that can be enjoyed on so many levels. The writing is first rate and the narrator couldn't be more perfect for the story. It is a pretty decent noir-type crime story but succeeds the most as a rich character study of a flawed man.
I bought this because there were so many good reviews. All those reviews were right on target! This is a really great, fast paced book and the narration is top notch. I enjoyed it so much I'll be checking out other books by this author.
On the plus side, this is a great concept and well written. Narration was good. I did enjoy certain parts of the book very much. On the other hand, the story didn't consistently hit the same note (comedy, tragedy?) and sort of meandered along (slowly) until...it was over. I felt a little more enlightened about the whole point after listening to an interview with the author, but not enough to wholeheartedly recommend the book.
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