I almost didn't finish this book. The author was overly fond of describing throbbing temples (or pulsing veins) in his characters when they are stressed; after a certain point, it became somewhat of a joke. This is not a book that you'll sit in the driveway listening to after you've arrived.
This was a really interesting story – unexpected, unpredictable, and thoroughly enjoyable. The narration was excellent.
Mr. Courtenay has certainly spun a fascinating, character-driven tale, but Mr. Bower's narration was simply stunning. I've been a member of Audible for two years now, and this ranks up there with "Pillars of the Earth" as far as pure listening pleasure goes. I will definitely check out the next book in this trilogy.
People who thought the Twilight series was well-written might enjoy this book. I, however, am giving up after Chapter 5. The narrative has become a parody of itself by using the same descriptive words and phrases over and over again. The storyline moves at an incredibly slow pace, and I can see where it's going from here. I honestly can't understand how this has become such a popular book.
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