Best, but this is only my second audio book.
Yes, loved guessing how the story was going to end.
This is my first Dave Barry audio book. Was a little disappointed to discover he's not narrating his prior novels. I hope he'll continue narrating his own.
I listen to books during my commute to/from work. This one made me happy that traffic was backed up!
This is the type of book I'd more likely expect to see from James Patterson or Dean Koontz, but since I'm also a fan of those authors, I found this story a delight. It's a classic cat and mouse between a retired police detective and a twisted serial killer. Kept me guessing, kept my attention, and was masterfully narrated by Will Patton (who also narrated Dr. Sleep). I could read 20 more books like this from King. Hope he keeps writing them!
I understand the concept of broken people. In fact, my favorite protagonists are those with serious flaws. Unfortunately, this book's main character is beyond flawed, she's a downright unlikeable mess.
So as not to give away spoilers, I'll just say that she makes some choices that left her completely unsympathetic. When I should have felt her pain, I instead felt she deserved what she got. Couple that with a predictable outcome, and I can't justify more than three stars for this book.
I still think Gillian Flynn is an outstanding writer and I'm anxious to gobble up as many books as she can write. This one will simply have to go in my "meh" category as a reminder that every writer can't put out perfection every time.
This book is superbly written, performed perfectly by narrators Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, and plotted to perfection.
It will keep you guessing, will make you wonder which one of these two people you should be rooting for (you flip flop several times), and ends in a way that delights.
After reading a string of bad to mediocre books, this one has restored my faith that there are excellent writers out there.
Maybe if you're into bass fishing you'll enjoy this book more than I did. Normally, Hiaasen's books are so funny, it doesn't matter what the subject matter is, I'll like them. This one, no so much. Maybe too much time spent on fishing. Maybe too many similar characters, I had trouble following who was who. I'll keep reading Hiaasen, but this won't be on my list of keepers.
I could not finish this book. By Chapter 23, the overabundance of bad similes had reached comedic levels. For the sheer purpose of knowing how it ended, I might have kept going if it weren't for the narrator. I'm trying to figure out if he was going for a William Shatner impersonation, or if he genuinely didn't have the lung capacity to complete a sentence without pausing several times to take a breath. The book was confusing to listen to because of all the artistic pauses....where they didn't....belong. Put the two together and I just couldn't handle another hour.
I nearly stopped listening to this book several times because of the horrible, grating narrator. She literally ruined the characters in this otherwise decent book.
In her attempt to "sound like a man" the male characters all ended up sounding like frogs. Wooden, croaking, frogs. Then in an attempt to contrast the voices as much as possible, she made the heroine's voice so high she sounded like a Disney princess. We're supposed to believe this is a strong, progressive defense lawyer all the while sounding like Minnie Mouse. And when the heroine used profanity, it was all but laughable.
I was never able to endear myself to the hero, or any of the other characters, for that matter, as they sounded so ridiculous. I don't know what kind of southern accent that was supposed to be. Quite literally, I will never read another book narrated by Joyce Bean again.
It's a testament to the story line that I suffered through it long enough to see how it ended. If you have a very high tolerance for corny, bad voices, you will enjoy this book. If you don't, I recommend buying the print copy and reading it in silence.
I love Stephen King, but 45 hours is just way too long to listen to a book. It got old and repetitive after a while, despite an absolutely superb performance by Steven Weber.
I loved the beginning of this book. Heck, even the middle. I am adept at suspending belief and just going with a plot for the fun of it. But somewhere around the last third of this book, it got too over the top for me and ended up just plain silly. I did love the two narrators. That was fun. And I'll always be a Dave Barry fan no matter what.
If you want to try a Dave Barry novel, I'd recommend Insane City instead.
I'm shocked this book is so highly rated on Audible. Insufferably long winded, unlikeable characters and disappointingly predictable plot, if this had been my first Sandra Brown novel, I'd never read another. Luckily, I know she can do much, much better.
If you're new to Sandra Brown, pick something else. I'd recommend Lethal.
My first Carl Hiaasen book won't be my last. I only wish Stephen Hoye narrated all of them, as his voices were as funny as the book and made the whole experience one big joy.
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