This narrator did not relate to the characters being read. AT.ALL. The narration is rushed and has none of the cadence or personality of the southern Louisiana dialect. It greatly distracted from one of the best stories in the series. My brain kept trying to disconnect from the reading.
The narration was so awful that I had trouble engaging with the story content -- to the extent that I was continually distracted to the narrator's voice, and away from the story she was reading. I seldom review books, but knew that I would write this one by the end of the first hour of the book. Every phrase carried the same emphasis and tone, whether the words were "the snow was gently falling" or "they knew they were literally running for their lives".
I LOVE books by Dean Koontz, and I believe that this book would be much better served by a different narrator. The characters were well developed, and I liked the realistic way that when the situation called for it, the main characters trusted no one but themselves.
I liked the way that the characters pushed beyond their perceived physical abilities/limitations and kept going to protect and defend a child. As a parent, I found this very realistic, and something I could see myself doing.
NO. Unless I were certain I could read it well within the return period. Even then, I would hesitate, because I hate beginning a book and not finishing it. So NO.
Although I enjoyed the story, I wish I'd never bought the book. I'm sure that there must be a version out there somewhere that is narrated by someone who is capable of reading the story realistically.
I enjoyed how loyalty played a large part among the many varied well-developed characters. The background of the character relationships is provided in fragments, just before the reader needs the information to understand the interactions that follow. Promises are kept, even when it is uncomfortable for the character.
I read the mixed reviews for this book, and almost passed it over. I'm glad that I chose to go with my gut. It is a book that I will enjoy re-reading at a later date.
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