The experience of listening to this book has been just plain icky. I can't believe this is the same author who brought us Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. The book was riddled with self-centered shallow losers with not one person to care about. I kept thinking that maybe it was the reading style of Ms. Critt that made it so unredeemable--she invested nothing of substance into the characters except a weird kind of strident cheeriness that was at complete odds with what was going on. I was going to force myself to finish it out of respect for Mr. McMurtry, but even the story is so linear and predictable that I won't.
I think this book might be for people who have never read an earlier book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
I was never a big Romance Novel fan but I was pleasantly surprised by the wit, humor and fun characters in the SEP books my girlfriend had recommended to me. Listening to this made me feel embarrassed if anyone came into the room when it was on.
She had a coarseness to her reading that made all of the characters so unlikeable.
Honestly, I would make it a page one re-write.
This was such a disappointment. The author seemed to have no insight into human nature, her characters didn't earn any of the virtues she attributed to them. The lead woman was 31 years old and acted like a pre-teen. The male lead put on a bravado that was laughable. It was as if the author had someone else write this book, someone VERY young. I would have bailed after the first half, but my computer was in the shop and I couldn't download another book. I was trapped! Sorry to have to leave such a bad review, but I don't want SEP fans to expect a fun book.
I think Sandra Brown never met an adverb she didn't like. Patiently, sarcastically, warmly, ruthlessly, sexily... egads, I began to count them. It's as if she writes with a thesaurus, not at all like real people talk or think. The narrator doesn't help...she lays into every word and is not natural. Also her male characters all sound like Colonel Sanders or Rooster Cogburn, old or young, so it began to take on an unintentionally comical sound. I gave it three stars because there is a story that is fairly compelling. I didn't realize that Sandra Brown was a romance writer, I guess I thought it was going to be more of a crime story, so maybe my expectations were skewed.
I had a wonderful time with this book--it is classic Stephen King. No one does twisted small town like he does. Even though there were 100 characters, I was never disoriented.
Thanks to Raul Esparza's amazing narration I couldn't have hated the bad guys more feverishly and pulled for heroes more completely. He is remarkable and perfect for this book. I was sorry when it was over. Get it, you won't be sorry!
...this is far and away my favorite listening experience since starting with Audible.com some 125+ books ago. The combination of writer and narrators is perfect--each reader is at the very top of their field. There was not one moment of the 18 hours when my mind wandered. I can't pretend to know what life was really like for these women in the 60's, but I feel as if I got a glimpse. The experience has definitely changed me a little and I am having trouble listening to anything else in the wake of this gem of a book. I hope we hear much more from Katherine Stockett.
Yes, The Stephanie Plum series is semi-formulaic, but it is a formula that works. I like that Stephanie is becoming a little better at her job, still falls for Lula's unwitting traps, still loves two men, still likes birthday cake and still steps in it all the time. Familiarity can be comforting. Janet Evanovich introduced some fun new characters this time and I enjoyed the ride.
I am afraid I missed out on a great listening experience, having read all of the raves. First, I love Stephen King. He has provided some of the most gripping storytelling ever. And John Slattery is a wonderful reader. So why I didn't enjoy this thoroughly is a mystery itself. I think, in trying to analyze it, that while I was gripped first half, the second half descended into such supernatural weirdness that the thread of the story began to ravel. My favorite stories by SK are the ones that begin in the life of ordinary people to whom extraordinary things begin to happen. In this case, right off the bat, life is skewed, and never normal again. So by the time it all reaches critical mass, I was worn out and confused. This probably speaks to my own mental fatigue, as everyone else seemed to love it. Brilliant writer and reader...but left me feeling stupid!
This is a haunting story, written in a very interesting style that invokes in the listener an appropriate feeling of isolation. It is well worth experiencing. It is flawed, yes, but I found myself forgiving any flaws for the sheer uniqueness of the storytelling as well as the story itself. I would not call it "enjoyable" per se, but I did find myself listening to it every chance I got, it is extremely compelling.
The narrator does a very good job as well. I completely recommend.
Sometimes I forget what it is like to being the hands of a really good storyteller, but Dean Koontz is definitely up there near the top of his genre. The characters were complex individuals; the villainess chilling and unredeemable, the heroine, remarkable. I really enjoyed the narrator as well. She captured the deadness in the voice of the evil Vanessa making her all the more compelling. I really liked this book. It was a great listen.
this is the kind of book I usually get into right away. It is written in a compfortable and well know area for noir thrillers--LA.
And I think the author had a compelling story here but it is comletely undone for me by the ever-overwrought reading of Scott Brick. I wish Mr. Brick could learn to just say things like a normal person, not a man under extreme stress every second of his life.I cannot sustain interest when so much at stake ALL of the time, even small things. Mr. Brick can do the occasional brilliant personification of a character, so I realize he has talent, but I wish he wouldn't feel it neccessary to show-boat all the time.
This may be my last Scott Brick book for a while. Too bad, he read a lot of good ones.
This book was just great fun. The reader was wonderful, slipping easily in and out of characters and the mystery element kept me going. Jane Stanton Hitchcock has a real feel for upper crust New York society, the older money, the jockeying for position. If it was not a perfectly constructed tale, it was one of those times you really didn't care because the ride was so fun. I'm getting another of her books now.
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