The character development in this book was wonderful and the story just pulls you in and won't let you go. The narrator was excellent and I loved the way he was able to change his tone as he was narrating the various characters.
I have listened to her other books and loved them but I think this is the best yet. She has a special way of getting you absorbed into her characters. The two detectives in this story are both so compelling.
If you like off beat, quirky characters and supernatural stuff and wrapped up then this is for you. This is not your typical vampire action book. It is well written, smart, funny and unique. I loved the writing style. Main characters are lots of fun. I have already downloaded the next in the series. It is difficult to describe this book but if you like an action story that is fun, scary and a little sophisticated this is it!
I really wanted to like this book. I was very intrigued by the plot and I like a lot of action. After a while I found the characters to be mostly stereotypical and not really interesting. Although I liked the main character, he turned into an action hero figure by the end of the story. What bothered me the most about the book though was the end was so predictable. I knew exactly how it would end. There was a clue given in the book that was so obvious that it should have been part of the plot that the main characters figured it out. But the way the plot runs, all of these really smart people with all of the computers don't really follow it up. I kept hoping that the book would have a surprise plot twist-- which it didn't.
I was surprised that so many reviewers gave outstanding marks to Gyllenhaal. I have listened to around 100 books and I found his narration to be one of my least favorite. Since it was a short book, I went ahead and listened to the entire thing anyway. I found his voice to be boring sounding and he was not really able to make the personalities of individual characters come alive like some of the good narrators.
Fitzgerald is an exceptionally beautiful writer but I did not really care much for the characters. For the most part, they were rich, self absorbed and shallow. As another reviewer discussed, it was probably more relevant during the period it was written. For me it did not seem to withstand the test of time.
This is not meant as a criticism of Fitzgerald's ability as a wonderful writer.
I had already listened to her other 2 books and really enjoyed them so I thought I would like this one as well. There was something much more raw in this book, not just the characters but also the setting, and I really did not enjoy it. I listened to the entire book since I wanted to find out what happened. It was well written but there are many things about the book that are disturbing. I do not want to go into too much detail because I do not want to give away too much of the plot. I have listened to many dark and violent books but there was something about this one....
I really had no idea what this book was when I started listening. The characters are all very compelling (even the underworld ones) and I loved all the personalities in the story. It was such a fun story and especially liked the taste of San Francisco where the book is set. Ending was also satisfying (one of my pet peeves). The narration was also excellent.
I absolutely loved this book. I have listened to or read all of the previous in the series and this has to be my favorite (although I loved all of the others). It keeps you listening for all the various plots and the characters are delightful. This book is pure enjoyment. As always, the woman who does the narration has that wonderful voice, which is the icing on the cake.
I like to download books to listen to while I am working out at the gym. It was a very captivating story. I am 56 years old so the life lessons of the book are more for young adults but I kept running to the gym so I could listen to it.
I love the way the author developed the story. She really made the protagonist such a fascinating character. By the end of the story I was so wrapped up in all the characters and it took a while to get them out of my head. I listen to books while I am at the gym as incentive to work out. Near the end of the story I broke my gym rule and listen to the rest at home. I listen to a lot of audio books and this was a great story that was well written.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, the plot was original, the characters compelling and the end was satisfying. The author did such an excellent job building the unique landscape of the story. The story itself is a little complex and not for someone looking for a light plot. I also love the parallels that can be drawn with other border and immigration issues that we encounter around the world.
This book would make a great movie!
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