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Richard

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Well, It was a good premise!"
    Overall

    I did like the underlying premise of seeing/talking with the dead as it was unusual for this genre but would have been interesting in a science fiction story as well as a mystery. The mysterious boarding house at a remote Gulf Coast seaside in the mid 30's was also quite nice and added to the drama. What I found frustrating, and at times quite so, was the seemingly out of character response/reactions of the lead character. I recall shutting down the Ipod while listening to the story on my trip only to have to turn it back on again because I hadn't loaded another book. My mistake! I don't know if the responses might have "sounded" more realistic had a different tone been used by the narrater but even if that were true it would not have made up for some of the reactions scripted by the author for the main character. Overall, in my mind the book had a much better than average premise and location but a main character who did not seem to react in character much of the time.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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