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.
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!!
This is one of the best audio books I've heard! The story is rich, compelling and strong. It reminds me a bit of John Irving. It's unexpected, but believable. The story traces 3 generations of a family in an unexpected way. The characters are rich and well developed and the story moves quickly. The narrator does a really good job, making clear the different characters with changes in his voice, but he doesn't over do it, which is refreshing.
I can't wait for more books from this author.
Okay. I admit it. I have listened to this entire series. As a youth minister, it's good to know what your youth are listening to. The theology is awful (it's bad in all the books, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti anything but the religious right, typical premilleniallist dispensationailist stuff). But this book is EVEN WORSE than the rest. Jesus is portrayed as narcissistic and dull. After 2000 years, he's got nothing new to say--just goes around quoting what other people have said about him, or repeating what is classically attributed to him in the Gospels.
SKIP THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While you're at it, skip the whole series!!!!!!!!
In a lot of ways this reminded me of a watered-down version of The Red Tent. It's a good listen and the story follows closely enough with the Biblical text. It's predictable and the narrator is not my favorite. But it's fun and light.
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