This is a hilarious, funny, touching, and all-around wonderful story. I laughed out loud and got angry and sad and happy and all-in-all was completely enthralled. What a great audiobook!
The story itself is pure genius and if you don't already read Neil Gaiman, start! However, the format of the book didn't translate perfectly into audiobook. The narration was wonderful and the characters truly came alive, but the book is filled with vignettes and quotes, which tend to get blurred into the rest of the story. I'm sure that on a written page, the visual cues would have been enough, but there weren't any audible cues that you were listening to a vignette or a quote -- which was often confusing! Still, I loved the story and think it is wonderful, I just wish they'd given more thought to the audio version.
I won't ruin it for anyone, but I found the ending of this story completely underwhelming. There were so many questions unanswered and the answers we got were unsatisfying. Additionally, there is only so much self-destruction in a character I can find believable before it seems absurd. I enjoyed the occasionally mystical musings, but after finishing the book I feel let down and wish that Tana French had simply told her (quite good) story without all the frills. Her second book, The Likeness, is much better and makes reading this one worth it.
I enjoyed this book significantly more than "In the Woods" and I think this narrator is better as well. The story is engaging, surprising at times, and touching. However, I personally find it frustrating and annoying (especially in an audiobook where I can't just skip ahead) when a character consistently makes foolish or harmful choices. I don't really enjoy self-destructive characters and Tana French excels at writing them!
Still, I'm giving it 4 stars because she is an excellent writer with an excellent narrator, even if I find her characters maddening.
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