The book starts out very slow for at least half the book. It's written and read more like a history book than a novel but that history is important to the story and well worth hearing. By the last 1/3 of the book, it becomes more engaging. I had read the last book of the trilogy first, not knowing there were two previous books. When I discovered this, I had to know what happened before and will now listen to book 2.
THis was a very well written novel that kept me changing my mind about the perpetrator of the crime all the way through. The voices were perfectly voiced by the narrator and it would have been 5 stars all the way across if not for the unnecesary romance novel tripe . I wish today's authors would realize that stuff is not needed to get the feeling of attraction between two people across to the reader. More and more mystery/crime writers are lowering their quality of writing and taking the easy way out to make their books exciting.
In this case, it was a relatively small part of the story and easily scrolled past so didn't detract so much from the story as to cause me to give up on it.
First, let me say I detest the sound effects being used in audio books these days and the ones in this book are some of the cheesiest ever. Let us use our imaginations which is what novels are meant to do. We don't need cheap sound effects to "see" what is happening in the story.
Now, the writing in this particular story seemed to be aimed at the possibility of a movie and it would likely be a successful one. But as a book, not as much. It was simplified and "scripted".
The narrators....well, McLarty always reads in a halting, new reader, manner with odd pauses at the end of a line even tho it's not the end of the sentence. His pauses within a sentence are often in the wrong place. And his voice always feels as tho he's yelling at me or that he's deaf and speaking loudly like an older person who is hard of hearing, even when I have the volume down very low. And it's very monotone. Just not a pleasant voice to listen to for me.
Ms Cassidy is ok. She doesn't have that much to read so hard to get a feeling for her but she didn't turn me off to the book.
Overall, it's worth listening to as long as you don't expect the best mystery ever written.
A very formulaic and predictable novel written in the tone of a jr. hi level book. If constantly blaming god for what goes wrong and then praising god for what goes well is your thing, then you'll enjoy this story. I found it repugnant. Put that together with a narrator who sounded like a syrupy kindergarten (apologies to kindergarten teachers) teacher and you have a diabetes inducing listen. I couldn't finish it and didn't care how it ended.
I had planned on giving this book 5 stars because it kept me guessing and changing my mind about the guilty party until the very end.....and I'm still guessing. I do not appreciate buying a book that requires me to buy yet another one just to find out who did the crime in the current one. This is just a very sneaky and underhanded way to get more money out of the author's readers. I am not sure I will buy the follow up to this book. It's just too much like a bait-and-switch scam.
The story line was ok....fairly predictable but still interesting enough to keep me listening despite a lousy narrator. This narrator just didn't sound like Tempe at all. She was flat, stilted and without personality. Apparently this woman was not the narrator I"ve heard on previous Tempe Brennan books and I will avoid any read by her from now on.
As a woman rapidly approaching 70, I did find this novel compelling and also disturbing as a very accurate look into the decline of an elderly person's ability to even control his own thought processes. The "mystery" is the least important part of this story. The story of the gradual breakdown in the character's personality is far more interesting. Having been responsible for the care of my childless aunt who was stricken with Altzheimer's, I can now better appreciate why she acted the way she did and why nothing I did made any difference at all.
If you love fantasy stories, this may be perfect for you....the escapades of the lead characters are so over the top that they seem more like a Superman or Batman story. The conversations are written like they were made by a grade school author...flat, simple and not the way real people talk. The male narrator had a stilted reading manner , pausing at odd places as if it were the end of the sentence ....and then going on with the remainder of the sentence.
I thought it would never end.
I almost quit listening because of the flat, halting tone of the narrator. He doesn't "perform" the story but just reads it in a flat , monotone voice and halts or pauses in odd places. But I stayed with it and really did enjoy the story itself.
I don't give many 5 star ratings. I listen to too many books to be impressed by many of them but I honestly wish I could give both this book and this narrator 10 stars. They were perfectly matched and I did not want this story to end.
Like most people of my generation (mid 60's), I read this book in high school and found it boring and didn't like it at all. It is wasted on the young who haven't faced any hardships in life yet and they can't possibly understand the impact of it's lessons.
But now when I listen to it I can feel the dust in my throat and the bugs biting my skin and the heat beating down on me. I know the pain of the parents watching their children starve and the humiliation of the men , especially, who could not take care of their families.
And, I could see how we as a country are starting to repeat those same mistakes that culminated in the massive poverty of the majority of Americans in those years.
This is a must read for all adults.
Where to start with this bit of junk writing. If you like violent, explicit sex with very little story line....you'll love this. It goes off track even more with the rapid growth of bed bugs exposed to radiation. Really?
And, to make matters worse, what story is there needs to be read by a male narrator. It just doesn't fit a female's soft voice. This woman did a decent job I guess considering she had little to work with.
I won't be buying any more from this author.
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