Edoardo Ballerini was perfect for this story that captivated me to the very end. History, detective work, mystery, witch trial, etc. What's not to like?
Repetitive words and narrator's monotone.
A cast and sound effects might have kept me engaged long enough for the plot and character to mature.
I love epic fantasy novels, rarely critical of any book and hardly ever walk away from an unfinished book. I tried to give this one a chance to develop, but found myself thinking about everything else in my life which made the story even harder for me to follow.
Delusional, quirky and fun.
Maybe some of Carl Hiassen's books. Crazy characters who do crazy things.
It has to be everything involved with the blackberry vines.
Of course it would be Bernadette. Why would I want to miss out on her insightful, but delusional labels of events and people.
"Bernadette" isn't all fun and games filled with zany characters. This book does have a message to mothers or women in general. By caring for others, women can lose their own identity. You can't take care of others unless you take care of yourself first.
The narrator did an excellent job of switching between characters...especially since some have strong accents. The interplay between the characters is probably the best part of this story. I relate to funny comments to handle moments of confusion, tension or even terror.
The story is too original to compare to another book.
No I haven't listen to the narrator before.
Some of the the mysteries start to be explained about two-thirds into the book. I didn't expect the "control room" to do what it did.
This was a fun sci-fi thriller that the listener (reader) needs to just let the story unfold and not be critical. This is a story that is meant to entertain.
When I saw that the second book of this trilogy had been released, I remembered that I still had the first one on my 'to read' list. I was reeled into the complexities of this story from the beginning because I couldn't guess where the story was going to end up. The plot is disjointed and loaded with secondary characters which is part of the experience of the book by keeping the reader slightly off balanced.
There is a lot of detail and terms used which I applaud Cronin for taking the time to map it all out and weave it into the story. A lot of those details are delivered without explanation only for the reader to discover the purpose or meaning later in the story. Other details are delivered without any explanation and the reader must take a leap of faith because in the end that is really what the story is about...faith.
Scott Brick did a phenomenal job at narration. This is the first time I've listened to a book with him. It took me a tiny bit to get use to him with so many characters. Now I can't imagine reading this book without hearing him say "I am Babcock" or "Who am I?"
I'm off to listen to the second book.
Probably a better book to read than to listen to because of the footnotes and disconnected sentences and sections. Weaving historical events and people into the story was very good and so was the narration. I like historical fiction and non-fiction in addition to fantasy novels, so this novel seems like it would be a perfect fit for me. Intriguing enough for me to finish, but I was disappointed. The music was too loud in some spots; however the type of music was excellent for this period piece. The ending didn't finish off as the book began.
Reminds me of Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Irreverent humor mixed with a crazy cast of characters.
I am not a Stephen King reader; however, I do appreciate his talent and his insight to pop culture. I gave this novel a try because it wasn't labeled as a horror novel. What a story! I was plugged in to hear the story every free moment I had.
The beginning was a bit repetitive and boring, but it does tie the whole story together. Don't give up. You will be rewarded with a great tale. I found myself googling names, places and events to see what part of the historical fiction was true and to find out more details. Which for me signals a very good story if I want more.
As with all audiobooks, it takes a bit to warmup to the narrator's voice. It wasn't long before Craig's voice/voices were every part of story as the words he was reading. I will miss Jake and the way he said "honey."
I enjoyed being reminded of the "land of ago"...the good and the bad. This is not just a tale of a moment in our history. This is a sentimental story filled with compassion, revenge and a heaping dose of twisted individuals.
Very engaging and challenging. The way the author kept the reader in the dark with the use of Language and language. Similes versus metaphors. It's like a puzzle for the reader to solve while being immersed in a story about a human colony on a alien planet. I listened to this as an audiobook. I can't imagine reading this because of terms. After a slow start, it picked up speed because I wanted to learn about the terms that drove the plot. This was a true production for an audiobook and the narrator was superb.
Enjoyed all the characters and the author's descriptive phrases. The narrator did a great job with all the accents and the tonality of each person's mood.
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