I was surprised at how much I didn't like listening to this book. At first I thought that it was because I didn't like the narrator, whose voice barely fluctuated throughout the book, but digging deeper, I truly feel that the writing itself lacked something. It seemed to me that it was just a mere telling of the story that never brought the reader/listener into the world that the Lutz family was living in.
Normally when I read/listen to a book I am drawn into that world and hate to stop reading/listening. When I do stop, I count the minutes until I can once again enter that world. In this case I mostly thought to myself, "How much longer before this book is over?"
After seeing all the great reviews, coupled with the fact that it is narrated by James Marsters (who narrates expertly), I really wanted to like this series and actually purchased most of the series on Audible.com when it was part of a really good sale. Unfortunately, I just can't get into it.
This is the 3rd book in the series and in the first two I was so sick of the same thing over and over again - the police would ask for Harry's help, then suspect him of the crimes, detain him by locking him up in some fashion, and finally Harry would have to do something crazy, almost get himself killed, but eventually he saved the day. Oh, and he always put Murphy's life in danger. It drove me crazy that Murphy would ask for Harry's help and inevitably she would not trust him and consider him the perpetrator of what ever bad thing is going on at the time. It got old. There is MUCH less of Murphy in this book, but I unexpectedly found myself missing her.
There are many players in this book and it was difficult for me to keep track of who is who. It seemed odd to me that Michael and Harry seem to be a long-ago formed team that typically conduct "business' together, yet I don't remember Michael from the first two books. I also had to keep reminding myself which character was Lea and which was Lydia. Then when Rachael is brought in at the end, I wondered if I was really supposed to remember her. Kyle and Kelly (I think) are another example of characters brought back in to the story and yet I couldn't remember how they fit in at the beginning of the story. It was all too confusing.
I have enjoyed many books in this genre, but I just don't think I can do it with this series. I will be really surprised if I listen to any more of this series, and that is upsetting since I already purchased a lot of them.
I purchased this book believing that I would read a story about a boy and a girl who were best friends in junior/senior high, that lost touch with one another after graduation, are reunited as adults, and eventually realize that they were meant to be together. That is sort of what this book is about, but there is just so much more. In fact, too much more. There were so many times throughout the book where I shook my head and thought, “Really?!?! I don’t think so…”. So much of it seemed contrived in order to move the story to another place. And the poor decisions made by so many of the characters – it was just unbelievable. I think I would have enjoyed actually reading this book more than listening to it for two reasons: 1) the narrator’s voice was almost like a hypnotist (I could easily hear her repeating, “You are now completely relaxed…”); 2) the characters Hal and Al were difficult to separate when listening to someone say the two names. I wish I had spent my credit on a different book.
I really didn't have much interest in reading this book as the summary didn't spark any interest from me - it just didn't seem like the type of book that I would read. However, I decided that since it had received such great reviews, that if I was ever going to read this book, listening to it might be the way to go. I am so glad that I decided to listen to the Audible recording. The story in and of itself is absolutely wonderful, but listening to the narrators brought this story to life. BEST NARRATED BOOK I'VE EVER LISTENED TO!!! Couldn't wait to continue the story each day and when it was over, I immediately started it over again. It is that good!
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