I was curious, like many, about this book that was getting so much attention. The storyline sounded intriguing and erotic. I have to agree with those who mention the absolute poor writing skills of this author. If the subject had not been so titillating, we would have never heard of this novel. Imagine an eighth grade student writing about a tenth grade student's sexual fantasies. It's already been mentioned, but the repeated metaphors and declarations (oh my , holy crap , exquisite, my breath hitched, in my belly or my behind.....) and the emails were literally painful to listen to. Becca Battoe might be perfect for some roles, but not for the characters in this story. There are so many performers who do a brilliant job with male and female character voices. Becca simply lowers her voice for the men. Anastasia's Valley Girl sound made me want to slap her. I had thought I might listen to the trilogy, but I don't care what happens to these people. EL James will make a lot of money from this sensational book, but she won't win any prizes for her writing skills. Save your credits.
I have to say that I absolutely did not like this book.....which makes me part of the one percent I guess. So many stellar reviews. I really don't get it. Halfway through I skipped to the final chapter just to see how it ended and get it overwith. It's all technical, computations, middle-school humor, predictable, no character interactions and no personal information about our stranded astronaut to make me care what happens to him. BUT, I asked my husband (I.T. geek) to listen just to prove my point. HE liked it. Found it fascinating and thought the humor was actually funny. BUT he's British, so he doesn't really know much about humor :) So I changed my ONE star to a THREE to be fair.
If I had any friends who were Scientists, Mathematicians or Astronauts......I would recommend this to them. For my friends who like a good story with 'feeling' and suspense and characters playing off of each other.....I think not.
I enjoyed the beginning.....how he finds himself stranded and how the reality of his situation sinks in. You can't help wondering what you would do.
Only by force.
It all comes down to preference as we know. I commend this author for writing a book that has captured such a following. The research must have been intense and exhausting. Just not my style.
I would if they prefer books written for for the "Twilight" generation. Meaning the book series and not the elderly.
The author created an imaginary future (WHY is the future always so bleak?!) with new creatures and new politics and talents demonstrated by those deemed unnatural. There is a great deal of detail describing abilities and magical remedies highlighting an imaginative mind behind the story. I also like the narration. I think she handled the various characters well and I am still amazed at how anyone can do multiple accents and genders and age groups.
The scene near the end where good begins to triumph over evil.
Hide your aura......
I cannot believe how disappointed I am in this book! All the hoopla and glowing reviews.....I feel I can no longer trust the legitimacy of the reviewers. Go back and read the reviews. So many are nearly identical. "Who is this great new author?" "I hope they make it into a series!" Audible asks "what is your favorite scene?" and the answer is some obscure page in the novel. There is NO depth to the characters. They are simply one-dimensional. Good guys and Bad guys. The ONLY action in this book is the initial balcony fall on page one and the fight at the very end. EVERYTHING in between is just conversation. I'm serious. Just conversation and verbal speculation. The Detective puts all the pieces together in the final pages and must be using a crystal ball. There is nothing to explain how he figured it all out. We are enlightened FINALLY while the Detective relays his hypothesis to the killer. The narrator did a great job with the various accents. I can't imagine how boring this book would be to actually READ. We all know who Robert Galbraith is. I expected SO much more and feel deceived by what seem to be fake reviews. Save your credits!!
If you're a dog person and you also like a mystery, this one's for you. It takes off from page one and rarely slows down. The characters are real and flawed and doing the best they can. But Maggie the dog is the best part. I liked everything about this book, except ....it ended. I'd like to request a series including Maggie and her "pack" and her inner thoughts. I shared this with my husband and he just finished it today. He claims it's the best book he's listened to in a long time. So it should appeal to ALL genders .... even if you're secretly a cat person.
I told him he would, but he figured it was basic "chick lit" and skipped over it for a while. Once he started listening, he would talk to me about the story and give me his latest opinion of 'who dun it'. The book introduces quite a few suspects and provides motives for the possible crime committed. So it keeps you guessing. My husband's only complaint was that he wanted more "action" and less of the heroine's inner thoughts. But I guess that's what makes it appeal more to many female readers. The narrator did a great job and you are kept guessing until nearly the end.
There is so much of this book that I really liked. While the beginning is disturbing - - anytime a child is mistreated - - you usually figure that there will be some sort of justice or happy ending to make the ride worthwhile. The narrator did a great job with the varying characters. They were all distinct , but somewhat one-dimensional. Either good guys or bad guys. The ending spoiled it for me. And this is a long book to wade through to find yourself feeling a bit cheated at the end. It felt to me as if the author had a deadline and had to finish in a hurry to "wrap things up". The leading character's behavior did not match the boy you had grown up with along the span of the story. I found it disappointing, but again, found many things to enjoy along the way.
This story focuses on our tendency to envy the seemingly perfect lives of others. Due to their wealth, perfect relationship, perfect jobs, bodies, and home. As a woman, there is too much to adequately describe how familiar these characters feel. You know these people and you will see yourself in at least one of them. I found myself "nodding" along when brilliant metaphors were woven into inner thoughts. I found myself feeling less alone, and more connected to our fellow travelers as we apparently celebrate and suffer similar experiences. I found a personal epiphany through one of the characters and forgave choices made earlier in life. I will probably want to read this again. The Narrator is ideal and portrays the various characters perfectly. When I finished this book, I searched Audible for other books by this author.....only to discover that this is her first one. She has a gift and I hope she continues to use it.
Maybe this is unfair....because I'm only about an hour into this book, but I simply cannot continue. Knowing it is in the "young adult" category, I was hoping for something akin to Hunger Games or even Divergent. But this seems to be written for the young pre-teen with all of the girlish squealing and boy-crazyness early on. I think I might have liked this book when I was 12, but that was a long time ago.
Slow story with way too much conversation attempting to decipher clues. Once again, starring a leading man with great looks and psychic skills in his ability to Leap from clue to the right answer. Once again, in touch with a gorgeous, athletic female (this one earned a medal in the Olympics) hopelessly drawn to him. New characters were constantly introduced as suspects leaving me asking "who is this one??". Many conversations are filled with "what if...." and "maybe he....." and "how about it....." and basically showing off amazing guessing skills. I enjoyed this Baldacci book the least of those I've read. I found Scott Brick's performance to be annoying. Remember Robert DeNiro's voice when asking "you talkin to me??". Scott Brick has this habit of ending each characters voice with this Brooklyn upswing. For a better Baldacci experience, try "First Family".
Not one of his best, but it moves along and will keep most interested until the end. After reading several books by this author, I'm beginning to see similar characters and similar patterns of storyline. The leading men are always very tall and handsome and muscular and basically MacGyver-ish in their skill sets and Sherlock Holmes on steroids in their ability to figure things out.....with minimal clues. The women are athletically gorgeous and tough and sexy. Not a bad read if you don't expect to be wowed and on the edge of your seat.
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