A plot! There seems to be none....just the thought clouds of various people around town who knew the deceased who apparently was the central character tho he was dead from the first minute. None of these different people whose thoughts we are hearing seem to connect with each other very much and their various thought processes are not particularly engaging or thought-provoking. I quit about half way through the book because I just couldn't care about any of the characters. None of them had developed a personality or a story by that point. Reminds me of a very bad William Faulkner imitation.
Create a STORY involving all those random people.
NO.....she made the book even worse to listen to. Her narration was stiff and unemotional making the meanderings of the characters thoughts even more pointless. She read like someone just picked out of a crowd who was self-conscious and read with a lot of hesitations and pauses in inappropriate spots in a sentence. Very boring.
Boredom and frustration
There are an awful lot of mediocre authors getting published and this is one of them.
I'm not fond of fantasy stories of any kind and this one is no different. But it is well written and held my interest long enough to finish only because of Meryl Streep. She could make reading a telephone book sound like great literature! It's worth listening to this just for her performance.
The writing is simple and predictable and verges on Romance Novel territory. And the narrator reads in an overly sweet, gentle voice suitable more for reading children's books and with a halting pattern that was distracting. I had a hard time finishing this one.
This is the second time recently I've purchased a book that is a duplicate of one that was published on here some time ago. They change the cover and apparently some other identifier so it doesn't show that it's already in your library and because it's an author you like, you buy it again. I listen to a LOT of books so remembering titles is hopeless for me but as soon as I started listening to this one, too, I knew I'd heard it before. Sure enough, it is in my library but with a different cover and slightly different time. Same narrator and unabridged as is the previous one. I wish Audible would clearly state that for some reason they have re-recorded some books. A big waste of my credits.
When I started listening to this book, I knew immediately I had heard it before. And sure enough, I already have this book in my library but this one has a different cover art than the first one. Same length and same narrator. Both are unabridged. If you listen to a LOT of books, as I do, you may not remember titles that you listened to some time ago and end up buying it twice. I gave this one a one star for that reason. The original one got 4 stars from me.
This was the best yet in the Harry Hole series. It kept me guessing to the very end and I couldn't stop listening.....and can't wait for the next one.
The book started out to be a really intriguing mystery story but by 2/3 of the way through, I wasn't sure I could finish it. It veered strongly off into the supernatural which is a genre I don't care for. And, the descriptions of the surroundings, which normally I like to have in detail, just became a grinding bore. I'm in the 3rd section now but I don't really care how it ends....I just want it to be over. I'm not sure I will finish it.
I'm still listening to the book and I "think" the story is good but I'm so distracted by the extremely fast reading , panting, and quick intake of breath of the narrator that I can't enjoy the actual story. She is reading so fast that she doesn't take time to give the characters any personality. I'd advise buying the paper version of the book and reading it yourself.
I enjoyed the story a lot but the narrator spoke so quickly it seemed as if she was on a time schedule and had to hurry up and finish. Slowing down to 1/2 speed caused it to echo so I had to listen at regular speed. There were also longish pauses at times that didn't call for a pause making me wonder if I had accidentally turned off my iPod.
As usual, Will Patton's delivery was perfect and was probably all that kept me listening to this story. Unlike most books I listen to....and I've listened to most of James Lee Burke's....I just couldn't keep my focus on this one. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere or have a point that I could identify with. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it but generally, when listening to a really good story, I do not want to stop to do anything else. This time, I was hoping for something to interrupt me so I'd have something more interesting to do. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
I wasn't able to finish this 3rd book in the series. I was never really able to get any feel for the personalities of the characters or what the point of the story was. I stopped about half way through as my mind kept wandering off.
And the narrator has been an issue in all of the books so far. His constant mispronunciation of every word ending in a "g" drove me nuts.
I had bought the entire series when it was on sale but it doesn't look I will be finishing it.
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