Is it as good as A Prayer for Owen Meany or A Widow for One Year? No, I don't think so. But it is good. It's worth reading and it's classic Irving. If you like classic John Irving, you'll enjoy the Fourth Hand.
I've enjoyed her books in the past, but this one was just horrible. We listened to it on a recent road trip--it was like a bad Harlequin romance (an oxymoron, I know) from the start. We knew every stupid move the narrator was going to make before she did it. The abrupt ending was hours too late. There wasn't a thing I enjoyed about this book. If my spouse hadn't insisted that we listen to the entire thing, I would've quit after the first few chapters.
I hadn't read To Kill a Mockingbird since I was in middle or high school. Reading it, many years later, as an adult, I heard the story in a whole new way. My Southern blood recognized the land, the people and the story.
I can not imagine a better narrator for this book than Spacek. She is phenomenal. The perfect voice for all the characters, but especially Scout.
I've been a member of Audible for over a decade and have read and heard many wonderful books. This is, hands down, the best book I've purchased. I will listen to it again and again.
I didn't expect to love a Stephen King book, but boy did I. Excellent narration, engrossing story. I am struggling to find another book after this one!
A different female narrator. Did anyone actually listen to her before casting her?
I don't have one. The narration was too distracting to pay attention.
A different female narrator.
Annoyance, with the female narrator.
It's a fun and great story--engaging. But as almost every other reviewer has pointed out, the narration is horrendous. She does some strange thing with vowels, for example, "Jack" become "Jaaack," and not in a good Southern way. Strange lilting up at the end of every sentence. I mean, just awful. I really like Coben, so the story was worth listening to even with this narrator, but it was painful.
If it had been shorter--this book could've been done in 1/3 the time.
At one point, the author has the narrator read about 20 minutes worth of the writings of Klebold and Harris. It began to feel abusive and did nothing to assist the plot.
This story has moments of being engaging and entertaining, but it's too long and with a whiney narrator, it just makes for a dreadful day of your life, if you can slog through the entire 25 hours.
Not classic literature, but a very engaging story, well narrated. I hated it when the story ended!
Fun to listen to. Great narrator. I did a lot of Christmas baking with this on in the background. It's an easy story to follow while doing other things.
A great book and a terrific audio recording. Great character development. Unexpected ending. Wonderful voices to listen to. One of the best books I've downloaded in years.
What is it about these books? Bad theology and bad writing. Why are millions reading them? They are not GOSPEL. They are FICTION. And this one...could the hatred of that which is "other" be any stronger? These books promote hatred and harm, not the love of Christ.
I loved this book! If you're a John Irving fan, you'll appreciate the humor and writing style of this work. It's light reading but engaging. Strong character development. A bit predictable at times, but overall a fun, worthwhile read. Enjoy!!
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