Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2008
Clearly I'm no learned critic. I found this story of poverty and filth and death terribly depressing. There were few characters to like and no excellence to be achieved. Lots of plodding through a painful and dreary existence. Ugh. No light at the end of this tunnel.
I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.
I really liked the premise of this book - kids and parents and computing. How worried the parents are and the moral choices they must make. But I found the unrealistic intertwining of the lives of all the characters too contrived. At the end I remember thinking, "Are you kidding me? This could have been so good!!!"
That said, it will probably be made into a movie. Isn't that why we all read? Most movies these days stink.
This book could have been great.
I'm all in for the violent murder. I watch true crime on TV and most of what I listen to here involves a murder. But this was unnecessarily sick. Shock value to make up for average writing? I think the title was more intriguing than the book.
And the mystery wasn't that great a mystery. I also wondered why the narrator often said he when she was the correct pronoun. At first I found it confusing, then I thought maybe it was a reference to all the gender bending. Then I decided I might be losing my mind. I still have no clue.
I'd say there are loads of better books out there. No need to subject yourself to these really gross descriptions of sadism and torture.
This was a good horror romp (the main character should have died like 5 times, but what the heck). What really made it memorable was the narration. I could just see the creepy characters while listening to her. A fantastic performance. And Joe Hill has a wonderful imagination just like his Pop. If you like creepy, you'll like this.
That's my guide - plain and simple. Does it hook me pretty soon? Do I get excited at the thought of taking it up again? This one did it for me - I kept thinking - find her! Find her! If I'm that into it - it's usually pretty good. Isn't that what you want in a good mystery?
I don't like these canned questions, so I'm just going to tell you why this book was great. I didn't think I would like some old British war story. Not that it's a war story - not really, but as soon as the war was mentioned, I groaned.
I'm glad I kept listening.
I couldn't wait to find out what the heck was going to happen next. Todd did a great job of creating this air of menace and creepiness. And the twists and turns! By the time I saw it coming, it was all over. A great mystery, outstanding writing - I couldn't wait to keep listening.
I agree with several of the other reviewers - needs a professional narrator. BUT I'm not sure that could really save this. I'm barely into and all it seems to be is a diatribe against evil capitalism. Things were great in the happy Cadbury plant until evil Kraft came just to make filthy money!
If things were so fabulous and peaceful, why were the workers unionized? Maybe as the book progresses, this will be answered, I just don't think I can hang in there long enough to find out! I'm going to try again and if I find anything redeeming, I will update this review.
I an fascinated with the chocolate industry so I was very disappointed by this. Much better is the Emperors of Chocolate.. And you just can't beat CandyFreak by Steve Almond.
Haunting, fascinating, unforgettable.
I kept trying to figure it out - I don't want to give anything away, but the creepiness of the holes in the wall.......Tana French is amazing.
Yes and no - only because it gave me something to look forward to everyday. I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. I'm sorry it ended!
If you enjoy Tana French, you'll love it. If you enjoy mysteries, you love it. If you like police stories, you'll love it. If you like psychological drama, you'll love it. This is a great, great book!!!
I just couldn't figure it out! So it was exciting to hear the next piece of the puzzle.
This is definitely a dark book, but if you expect anything else from the family axe murder description, well...... I love a good mystery and the jumping back and forth in time was a very interesting way to tell the story. I really liked it - give me a good mystery and some psychological drama - I'm in!
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