I typically enjoy Nevada Barr stories with Ann Pigeon, but this one dragged for me. Too much of describing what she didn't like about New York, not enough to the plot. Much time was spent in the Hospital with her sister and former boyfriend...now interested in her sister. Only at the very end did any action get started. I love the reader, Ms. Rosenblatt.
I can't imagine a Mystery/Suspense reader being disappointed in this book. The action grabs you fast, right up front and pins you until the end. It's exceptionally well written; Koontz has the talent to emotionally hook the reader, then, like the undertow in the ocean, you discover how dangerous the waters really are. To put it more plainly, the human condition is revealed in much of its nakedness and readers are left affected and possibly somewhat disturbed. I will read it again, and soon.
This book isn't worth a credit. I got it only because it was read by Scott Brick, one of my favorite readers. If you like rehashed flim-flam "New Age" theorist goop, this is the book for you. A bunch of mythological and pagan mumbo-jumbo...it's all in here, folks!...thrown together into a nonsensical supposedly alter-reality that will just make everybody stand up in attention and say, "Oh, Wow! No way! So that is how it's been all through history! How could I have been so duped??" It's bad, stale, and has mold on it. Toss it in the waste-bin.
I listened to the samples of many of the readers for Pride and Prejudice. The problem, I believe, which turns people away from this book is the narrator. I love Kate Reading, in general, and had previously bought and listened to that version. The problem is that the Mother is loud, screechy and whiney. Many of the narrators take this to the hilt, to the point that she (the Mother) is screaming in your ear! That's not enjoyable.
This book is truly a classic and deserves its five stars. A wonderfully written book that entertains and holds interest throughout.
This narrator, Irene Sutcliffe, performs each role gently, but each character comes across beautifully.
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