I adore Mark Haddon but this book was a huge miss. The story line was excellent- and I wanted to absorb myself in his characters and the story surrounding each individually and together as a dysfunctional family. But his constant interruption with random snippets of what the character was reading, or lyrics to a song they were listening to, did not work in any literary sense. It was beyond annoying, it threw me off as soon as I got into the book, and it nearly made me stop listening. The last hour of the book had less of these moments than the rest of the book and it was my favorite hour by far. Good idea in theory, but in the end it ruined the entire book for me. Sad to say...it could have been a great book without it.
So many reviews are commenting on the narration and their dislike for the accent. To say the narrator sounds like he "has a mouthful of marbles" is offensive. It's an accent not a speech impediment.
Personally I found the narration to add to the story. If you loved The Life of Pi you will enjoy this narration. Listening to an audiobook that deals with different cultures, I expect to hear those different cultures. This book would not have had the same inpact on me if it were spoken in an american accent.
I have followed this series since book one. I adore these books. Sadly the ending just didn't do it for me. I thought it was one of the weakest books of the series. The plot never fully came to a conclusion. After 20 books I think I deserve a damn conclusion! I didn't think the twists and turns in this book were realistic (not that any of them are- but I'm talking book world here). I also hated that after all this the series ends with him talking about which girl he's having sex with. And he doesn't even tell us! I wanted the kids to be in the final prologue. It ended with what was perhaps meant to be a cliffhanger but kind of just annoyed me. Why bother throwing in one last problem if this is the end of the whole series? Especially such a mundane little problem all things considered. The final book felt anti climactic and had so little to do with the main people of the series. The second to last book was far more exciting in my opinion I hoped this book would bring that whole saga to a crazy final end but instead it brought it to a random less eventful end. Really? It's hard to say more without spoilers!
Also, I have to get this out... I HATE LAUREN! Has anyone else hated Lauren since the very beginning? I never liked her. Not as annoying mousy girlfriend, not as bitchy wife, not at all not ever. Phew it feels good to finally get that out!
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