Gillian Flynn is just a fabulous writer. She has a knack with verisimilitude in her characters that makes me want to go back and track just how she built them up, piece by piece- but only after I get to the end of this engrossing mystery. I'd rate this among the best books I've read (or listened to) in quite a while. I loved Sharp Objects and this is even better. LIsten, you won't be sorry!
If historical richness can excuse a plodding plot, and you have have plenty of time on your hands, this might be for you.
No, The Alienist was terrific.
Not exactly George Guidall's fault, because he is normally a terrific narrator, but I couldn't stand anticipating the word substitution of "what" for "that", which seems to be Caleb Carr's way of providing colloquial verisimilitude. I was so attentive to the substitution that I nearly jumped out of my skin the one and only time I heard Mr. Guidall use the word "that" while voicing the character of Stevie.
I'm immersed in the trial right now and the opening speeches of both lawyers was totally predictable and serves no purpose at such length but to restate the themes of the book. For about the seventh time.
I kept thinking how much more interesting this book would have been if Jack Reacher would have made an appearance to make it all right by busting a few heads and moving the plot along. I guess we have to be satisfied with Teddy Roosevelt instead.
David Pittu is the perfect narrator.
The Las Vegas vingette.
Each character he voiced had a personality.
Oliver Twist Potter
I listened in many short sequences over an extended period, not unlike a reader of 19th century literature might approach a serialized novel printed in in a newspaper.
If you are someone offended by the profligate use of curses, don't bother. If you accept irreverent humor, this is great!
I am not an easy mark for humor, but I could not resist laughing out loud (while I was in some odd places too) while listening to this book. The narrator was superb, which elevated the audiobook experience up a notch. Well done!
If you like your science fiction with believable characters, believable plots grounded in the real world, and plots that tie together, this is an engrossing listen. I wish there was more of Wilson's work on Audible.
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