This was my first audio book. I thought the narrators were great - I appreciate the use of a man and a woman to tell this story as it cycles between their point of view. The book is a wry look at the future, but so close to now it's like you can see it coming. It's not an unhopeful story, in general, but it is sad at the end. What I liked most is: it made me think about love, government, technology, aging. There's a lot of humor relating to those issues here, but it's got an undercoating of sad truth to it.
I'll admit - I had to turn this off at one point because I was just too scared to go on. In the end, I persevered because it was a good story. I felt the psyche of an abused woman was well portrayed. Less so for the antagonist, but still there was insight as to why a person would act like that. I also learned something about OCD, which I had never thought could be caused by an event, but it makes sense. There were some poorly edited moments, where you would hear the reader shuffle papers and clear her throat - I guess the editor droned out for a bit and it did put a hiccup in the story line so I gave the performance 3 stars for that, not for the reader, she was fine. All in all an enjoyable listen and worth my credit and time.
While I appreciate the aesthetics of the writer, Ms. Hiroto was too slow and methodical for me. Nearly robotic. If I had read this myself I think I would have liked it better, I could have sped through the dinner cooking and long musings that occupied the characters thoughts. Not that it isn't like that in real life, and I understand it was in contrast to the strange happenings that were going on in the world otherwise, but I just felt it was overdone. Very long book that I keep dozing off to.
I really love John Lee's narration - I swear that guy could read the telephone book and it'd be engrossing. This wonderful tale has all the highs, lows, sex, and mayhem I like in my stories. Very entertaining and I was sad to have it end. Good thing there's a sequel...
So, while I did enjoy the narration, I found the premise of this story to be rather unbelievable. The parts I did like were the actual detective work - gathering information and pinning down the suspects. The waxing poetic about the beauty of the communal lifestyle was over the top. No way could I buy for even a second that someone could be an exact double of another person, and her friends would not notice. But, not a bad story.
Of the three Irish detective Tana French books I've listened to, I liked this one the best. The story is compelling, and Tana does a great job getting the reader hooked. Mr Crossley was a good narrator and I like his delivery and the way he made the story flow.
Like a rollercoaster, this book is not for everyone. Our hero's self-destructive behavior is either off-putting or endearing - you'll have to decide for yourself. I liked him. I also thought the social commentary pretty funny and I think the writer did a great job with exposing the human condition on the lowest of levels with compassion. I also found the reader's voice perfect for the part, and he read with a great range of feeling - from tender emotion to blathering drunk idiot. Well done!
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