I had no clue as to what this book was about when I bought it, only that it was a friend's #1 choice for a SK book. After listening to it, I have no doubt as to why. This story is something of nightmares and it makes me wonder what Stephen King sees when he sleeps. Gerald's Game constantly twists and turns into new directions, never giving the listener a recovery period from what just happened. I'm not complaining, though. It was truly an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone who likes a visceral reaction from their fiction.
On the downside, the narrator is not fit for this type of fiction, maybe not any type. She sounds like someone who would be great at documentaries or historical non-fiction. The tone of this book didn't lend itself to her rhythm, and based on the storyline, another narrator would have really seit it off. If you like a monotone/news anchor style, then Lindsay Crouse is for you. Otherwise, stay focused on the story. If another narrator picked up this book, I'd definitely listen to it again.
Another critique that I can't leave out is the production. The individual who decided it would be a great idea to randomly place cheezy 80's synthesizer sounds throughout the book WAY more often than necessary should not be allowed to oversee an audiobook production again......ever.
After reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I decided to continue with Charlaine Harris because I liked her style. A positive about this book is that it is very well written and is definitely more mature than the Sookie novels, but the negative couldn't overshadow the positive. This book started off very interesting but after an hour I began having a hard time listening because it became boring. Unfortunately, it continued to be a letdown. Never really drew me in like Gillian Flynn would. Overall, I would consider this book one of my least favorite.
A poor climax that took forever to achieve.
She did not sound like a woman in her early 20s which made it hard for me to see the character as being her age.
The relationship between Harper Connolly and her brother bordered on incestuous which was very uncomfortable, to say the least. I found myself cringing everytime there was an instance of them touching.
The hard part of the story is that I didn't have a favorite character; they were all, for a lack of a better way to state it, human - full of flaws and ugly truths about the human condition. I found each character appauling in some way, shape or form, but with each character's narration, I found myself looking forward to the next's perspective of the events.
I have read that Libby Day's narration was very blank, but I liked the sad, monotone sound. I felt like it most accurately represented the character's deep depression.
The very beginning of the book draws the reader in, making it hard not to wonder what brought Libby's tragic character where she's at today.
The ending left something to be desired. Like her book "Girl Gone," the end left me dangling out there thinking why she wouldn't give any type of closure to the character's inner struggles. Overall, the book was an interesting read. The troubling characters made it hard to turn the book off because I was looking forward to the next character's point of view. If you like her writing style, you won't be disappointed.
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