First of all, I DID know that this was written by JK Rowling before reading it. However, the problem I had was that there weren't any characters in the novel worth rooting for. It was also very boring. I took it on my vacation to Florida over the summer and kept falling asleep every time I turned it on. I gave up about 3 hours in when I realized I didn't care what happened.
I would rank it in my top 20. I was amazed at how the story was able to surprise me at every turn even though time moves in reverse throughout. Great characters. Great plot.
I think this is my favorite narrator of all time.
I have listened every book in the Pendergast series and have LOVED almost all of them. This was perhaps my favorite so far. Unlike most of the previous novels, this one does not take place primarily in New York. It is a refreshing change of scenery. My only criticism is that Cory Swanson is becoming difficult to root for. You can count on her to make the imprudent choice with every decision. She set herself up for failure so many times that I began to root for her to fail. That aside, I loved this book.
Pendergast. Who else?
If you have listened to all the books in the series, you know there were several narrators before Auberjonois. He is undoubtedly the best and he embodies Pendergast perfectly. It is no wonder that his position has become permanent.
This book should come with a warning: "You must be high to read." Gaiman goes out of his way to be as crass and perverse as possible. I question his sanity. Worst book I've ever read.
It was difficult to follow and developed to slowly.
I thought the synopsis was interesting.
I chose this book based on it's very favorable ratings. It was a huge disappointment, however. I didn't finish the book because it bored me to tears.
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