I was predisposed to love this book, primarily because over the years, Joshua's life and his battles have impacted me. It isn't so much the battles that I enjoy; primarily I'm awed by his faith. When I listened to this persons account of their life; speaking about how their faith opened doors; in the telling of the story, he too experienced 'Sun Stand Still' miracles. Yet, I didn't have the same degree of awe as I'd experienced when reading about Joshua's accounts. I suppose I wanted to hear more. Perhaps, I needed fuller descriptions. But, all in all; I cannot deny that, in his life he too experienced God's miracle working power.
From the beginning, this book begins by crafting a strange and puzzling mystery. We learn about a woman recently released from prison, returning to her hometown to right a wrong. At the same time, due to foggy conditions, a collision occurs, resulting in a possible injury. When the driver steps out of her car, discovering who or what she’d accidentally plowed over; to her surprise, there isn’t anything there. Where a body should have been; there was none. Instead, she finds a scooter (small motorbike) and a pool of spilled blood. Slowly, the writer weaves life paths crisscrossed by the characters; telling a story in a way that intersects these paths, and explains the missing body. We’re also told about a conflict that occurred some months ago, involving two families. This ignites, sparking a catalyst. Due to a teen pregnancy, resulting in an abortion; each family experiences difficult life changing choices. Decision that will forever affect their world.
I found this book to be interesting, on more than one level and I wanted to listen to it all the way to the end. However, the readers performance lacked dramatic flair. At every turn, I felt like I was a small child in a classroom, listening to my fourth grade teacher, reading her students a story. In the beginning, I noted a slight effort on the readers part, to vary her voice for each character however, this didn’t last long. Her reading made a potentially good book fall short. In many instances, as the listener, I was left to wonder, which character was speaking. Without the book in front of me, I had to take a stab at it and simply guess and that shouldn’t happen when listening to audiobooks. On a few occasions, I wanted to give up listening because another reader could have made all the difference in the world.
So, if you are a frequent audiobook listener, I would caution you before buying this book. Prepare yourself not to be dazzled by a dramatic performance because in this area; the reader does not deliver.
I really wanted to like this audiobook because there were aspects of the plot I thought might be intriguing. Right away, the listener learns the identity of the Tag Man. The writer doles out snippets. Small details and fragments about his life but these snapshots do little to explain his bizarre behavior. The reader is left to speculate and ponder over his mental disorder.
The story drags on at points, until finally the Tag Man happens upon a strange scene. The writer then switches gears, taking the reader through a maze of circumstances; daring you to solve the puzzle before getting to the end of the story. In spite of the writers efforts to spin a web of mystery and secrets; after the Tag Man's discovery, the story loses its momentum. And truthfully, there was little steam to be had. If you're looking for mild entertainment, this audiobook might suit your needs but it isn't a good read (or listen) for a diehard sleuth enthusiast.
Most stories follow a predictable story line and this writer did not disappoint. In each scene, the plot progressed as I fully expected. While most people would find the predictable, mundane and boring; in the end, each character provides the listener with unusual insights. Character flaws that hinder and haunt them. Their outer scars don't compare to their inner hurts and pains. It was these reflections and imperfections that kept me listening. I found myself rooting for a pair, even when I knew the direction the story would lead me. Overall, I've scored this performance based on the worthiness of the characters and not the uniqueness of the story.
This story was slow and it barely held my attention but I may read the second book. Perhaps in the following book, Victoria revs up the momentum. Sadly, the narrator made the experience worse and more than likely I will not choose an audible book if Elizabeth Michaels is the performer.
Perhaps a James Patterson or JD Robb novel.
The narrator spoiled the story. Had she given each character their own voice; a good performance could have made all the difference in the world.
No. The characters are flat and uninteresting.
This writer does a wonderful job explaining how clairvoyants perceive their insight. Her clever use of words makes me wonder if she possesses the talent.
Readers are actors and as such, the voice should fit the part. This narrator is better suited to read nonfiction instead of stories requiring dramatic changes in pitch, tone and manner.
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