I enjoyed the mechanations of this story, but the ending is a bit too "tidy" and almost unfinished in a way. The couple winds up together, but the antagonist just goes away, not really dealt with at all.
This is basically soft core porn with a bit of a story thrown in for good measure. Don't kid yourself, just enjoy it. ;-)
Chapter 1, boring. Chapter 2, boring. Chapter 3, boring. I could not get past that. The book is written for teenagers and yet apparently has some incredible smut in it, but I could not get past the ridiculous set up. The narrator is also very terrible. She sounds like she should be cracking her gum and twirling her hair around her finger. Awful and I should have listened to others who warned me about this.
A vampire who faints at the sight of blood? That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Add to that they are from Atlantis. I literally laughed out loud. What a waste of a credit. No joke, I tried to finish this book but it was so overwrought and boring that I stopped it with 3 minutes left. I could not stand it any longer.
This narrator has a real problem with male leads who have an accent. This book features Vlad sounding a lot like a Schwarzenegger impersonator.
This audiobook would be so much better if the male lead character did not sound like the Geico gecko.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Stephen King is an amazing writer and I have nearly all his books, BUT he should stick to writing because as a narrator he is terrible. I don't want to listen to someone *read* a book. I want the narrator to bring it to life. King tries to do the voices but he only has about three he can do so they all end up sounding the same. I loved the book, the story is a great one and makes me want to go back and listen to the Dark Tower books again. My recommendation to the producers is to let King influence the production but do not let him read it.
The narrator sounded like she had a cold or was plugging her nose. It detracted from the story.
No. I give this story 4 stars overall because I did listen to the whole thing and was interested in the development of Kimberly Quincy's character. However, there were issues that I found confusing that detract from the overall book. If I could I'd really give it a 3.5. SPOILERS The story unfolds from three different perspectives, but it's impossible to tell if two of them are the same person in different timelines, or if they are in fact two distinct people. This is due to the fact that one person's story is read by a man, yet the story of a boy is read by the female narrator who is also reading in Quincy's voice. It seems it ought to have been read by a third narrator but maybe that was too expensive. The abduction of a young boy isn't clear if its a current abduction or an old one....leading me to wonder just who was who through most of the book until it is explicitly diagrammed toward the very end just who the players in the story were, and then we find out there are really 4 "generations" of bad guys/abductees, not the 3 we've been hearing about for the entire book. Don't even get me started on Ginny Jones.
I'm sorry, the name Dinhcara was pretty lame in my opinion. He couldn't think of something more clever than spelling arachnid backwards? For goodness sake's, "despair" is an anagram of "a spider", he could have been called Mr Despair which seems a lot more fitting for his horrific activities. Maybe it is supposed to be a testament to his stunted emotional development. I don't know.
I'm sure I've heard them on other books but I can't recall. They do a great job with material that is generally lacking.
Not in a positive way.
The whole thing was just a bit disjointed, confusing and frustrating. Given that the subject matter is horrible (child abduction, rape, murder and spiders) this didn't help the story. I will be taking a break from Lisa Gardner for a little bit because of this.
I could not remember what the publisher's summary said about this book, so I was going into it somewhat blind...which I love to do. It was a mystery and a surprise - very nice ones at that. I found part one to be the weakest of the three parts, but all were fantastic and by the time part three came around I was looking for ways to continue listening. Narration was excellent as well.
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