That it wasn't just Tom Ripley anymore - now we have Trevinie to learn about also. I loved that the story is told from two different intersecting points of view.
Jonathan. He's not a killer (well, that's debatable). He's a regular guy - a regular guy just like Tom used to be? And it's fun to listen to his torment as he's dragged through the book.
Maybe when Jonathan watched Reeves demonstrate how to use the garrote on the bedpost.
I wasn't sure Highsmith could keep it interesting for a third book, but she did. The two points of view lets us get to know Jonathan and see how he's sucked into horrible things by Tom.
The narrator was difficult to understand, and I didn't like the "old man" voice he used on Devil. He made Devil sound really unappealing. The story dragged on and was tedious, and though the details weren't predictable, the relationship between Honoria and Devil absolutely was.
Predictability, cliches, nothing new or interesting.
He wasn't so bad on his own, but he did not do Devil justice.
No! I abandoned it about a third of the way through.
I considered abandoning the book about a third of the way through. I didn't see where it was going, and I didn't like the format (the narrator writes you letters). The story took a long time to get going.
I wouldn't. Even though it took place during the time I went to high school and referenced bands and songs that I loved - even though I really wanted to love this book about a quirky high school kid who doesn't fit in - I really struggled with it.
I couldn't stand most of the characters.
He seemed a little disaffected to me.
I did see the movie, when I was just over halfway through the audiobook. It made me dislike the characters even more, although it showed me that the story was going to start getting a little more interesting if I just hung in there.
I would consider reading the print version for this book. I love listening to Nick Podehl - he is really entertaining. But the narrator for Viola was just so dull. Everything she says is quiet and reserved, and maybe that's part of Viola's circumstance and personality, but man was it hard to listen to. I had a hard time staying interested during her chapters. Several times I had to turn off the book and turn on music when I was driving during her chapters because I felt myself becoming distracted or tired.
Only 1/3 of the way through at this point.
HER: Quiet, reserved, timid
HIM: Funny, alive, elastic
I loved the first book - The Knife of Never Letting Go. Although I find this second book very interesting, it hasn't yet grabbed me in the same way. I think maybe it's because Manchee isn't around anymore, and also because many of the secrets have already been uncovered.
But it's still an entertaining book and much more original than some of the other YA fiction I've read.
Firstly that it's so unique. The author has a great imagination and told the story well. It wasn't bare-bones dry, but it wasn't dripping in excess adjectives and exposition either. Manchee was a favorite also.
This is the first time I've heard this narrator, and I just loved him. In fact, I listened to a sample on a whim, not knowing anything about the book and decided within 60 seconds to buy it because I was so engaged by Nick Podehl! He's got a lot of personality and sounded enthused about this story. And the way he voiced the animals, that was a big selling point to me. If I had read the book description first, I may never have listened to the sample.
Pretty high up there - one of my favorites.
None that I can think of at the moment.
Tom Ripley, and also Freddie Miles. Kenerly seemed to know exactly what Tom meant, got all the tones exactly right. Nuanced reading, excellent.
The Murder of Tom Ripley
A very readable, engaging story. I love the idea that we're inside the grifter's mind, and that he has layers. He's not just a flat criminal. He has insecurities and feels audacity at all the wrong moments - he's a very believable guy.
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