I spent the summer listening to all four Rabbit books (having read the first two when they first were published years ago). They are wonderful books and in a small way historical novels in that they make reference to real events. Updike has invented characters who do annoying and stupid (and sometimes awful) things, but who are not annoying to read about. I found myself very absorbed with the characters. My husband has been listening too and we find ourselves talking about what has happened to Rabbit and Janice (sort of like contemporary discussions about 24 at the water cooler in the office).
I don't know if the books would appeal to younger people. As a person who is about 10 years younger than Rabbit, I found it fun and interesting to follow his life.
I think Mr. Morey's reading is wonderful. He has created subtle voices for the characters and his reading brings the stories to life in a way that reading would not. Highly recommended.
The performer was annoying. His voice inflection was distracting. I did want to finish the story as there was suspense. But in the end, I found it contrived and quite ridiculous. I see from other reviews that I am in the minority.Someone compared it to Tell No One by Coben, which I thought was great. (I read it with my eyes.)
A good editor might have directed Mr. Coben to Guidestar where he could have gotten the Form 990 for "Fresh Start" for free.
Anyone else. He tried to play Rich Little and imitate the voices of the main players.
This is a pretty silly story. I did sort of like listening to the descriptions of the cold during the ice cold weather outside my car while I was listening. But too many preposterous things occurred to make it worth spending time on it.
I think this is a very good book. I had to listen to the first half hour twice as I found it hard to "get into" the story. After I did that, I really liked it. (Read the NYT book review before you buy it - helps you to know if you are going to like it.)
This book is ok - but the subject is sordid (serial killer) and the story is not worth putting up with hearing about the horrible pain inflicted by the story's bad guys..
All right - there is a murder. But there is almost no mystery whatsoever. I managed to listen to the whole book and I did not hate it. But a spellbinding mystery it was not.
I enjoyed this book - it is a real page-turner (there surely is a way to convey this concept for an audiobook). The main character is has major mental health issues and used poor judgment from time to time. But I still liked her. Often authors have trouble ending books like this - not so here. It is a satisfying ending.
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