Yes, I wanted to. It hardly seemed like 15 hours. The suspense kept me engaged. I read this many years ago when first published and I've seen the movie but the audiobook still had me glued to the earphones. If you are a Dean Koontz fan it's a must listen. The narrator's voice seemed a bit shrill at first but I soon forgot all about it. Overall a very good experience.
New Year Island is a who-dunnit mystery in the vein of Ten Little Indians with the setting being a remote tiny island inhabited by giant elephant seals and surrounded by great white sharks. The characters are dropped off on the island under the pretense they are participants in a new reality show in the vein of Survivor with a multi-million dollar payoff for the winner.
The first section of the book deals with the characters’ back stories. It was a bit confusing to me because I didn’t know that. The book just seemed to be bouncing all over the place. Once on the island it was easier to follow but it still took me a while to identify the characters.
The premise was good and the author had a few interesting twists but the length….I stuck with it because I wanted to know who did it, but this story did not need to be this long. So many of hours of repetitive petty bickering. Good narration. It would have been a 4.5 listen for me except for the bloated middle.
The saddest thing kept running through my mind as I listened to this story…this could be real. I’m sure no one would have to strain to recall a story of a missing woman suddenly returned or rescued months or even years after some horrific abduction and imprisonment. This is that story. And what life is like in the aftermath.
The story is very effectively told in first person in the form of sessions with a ‘voice-less’ psychiatrist. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery and some horror. Well worth the credit or cash.
I recommend this book if you're in to cryptozoology. It's an enjoyable trip back to Crater Lake where new critters are threatening the tourists and townies alike. I did not care for the reader. His performance was oddly dull and unimaginative. IMHO, an unfortunate choice of narrator for such an exciting story.
This is more than just a haunted house. It's a hostile, not-so-subtle, evil thing that has ensnared a couple and won't let go. It really makes you wonder what you would do in their place. Highly recommended for any horror story buffs.
I found this story engaging but very hard to follow. It seemed disjointed somehow. Maybe print would be better. I think chapter and section headings would have made a difference.
Reminiscent of early Preston/Child non-Pendergast fare, this story should satisfy any need you might have for a good jungle expedition story. There’s nothing particularly new here but it entertains.
Smell the honeysuckle, summer heat and barbeque. Taste the homemade ice cream and peach pie. Hear the drone of bees and the yells of kids on the last of school before summer vacation. See the tiny town of Zephyr, Alabama and experience life in a small, rural town in the tumult of the 60s. A Boy’s Life is about feeling invincible, protected and being convinced you know what the world is about at the tender age of 12. Until a ghastly murder slowly erodes what you thought you knew. If you read A Boy’s Life in print, enjoy this unabridged Audible treat. It’s as good as you remember. If you never read A Boy’s Life, download it at once. This is a masterpiece.
Iain Rob Wright is a very skilled writer. His character driven books engage you completely. I've enjoyed this in print as well as the audio version. Both are excellent and highly recommended. The narrator did a fine job. However, you might want to listen to the sample if you find it difficult to follow heavy non-American accents. Mr. Barnes' Scottish accent is very much a part of the story. By the way, if I'm wrong and his accent is actually Irish, Welsh or something else, please forgive my ignorance! This is a great thriller!
I am sorry to hear this series come to an end. If you’ve read the first two books in the Pines series you must hear how it all ends. A memorable, action-packed and thought-provoking story.
This is a good time-burner that will hold your attention while asking you to suspend quite a bit of logic. I know there are people out there who run the scale from literary snobs to book burners, but the main character in Animosity manages to find an entire community willing to commit murder because they suspect someone of a crime primarily, or at least in part, because he writes horror stories. That was a bit of a stretch for me. True, I am a fan of the genre but how could anyone think that all horror writers are devil worshiping child sex perverts? Perhaps I am naively underestimating people’s capacity for stupid? As I said, people do actually burn/ban books so maybe there really could be such a community out there, but this story did not make me believe it.
James Fouhey is a good narrator but not right for this book. The voices and overall tempo did not convey a small southern town. Overall Animosity seemed somewhat self-indulgent but a good listen (3.7) and worth a credit.
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