This is an enjoyable read, no more - the story takes somewhat long in the telling, the ending is too predicatable too soon, the protaganist is naive and somewhat simplistic. The primary difficulty lies with the fact that there is only one suspect from start to finish, and the entire book then focusses on the police getting sufficient evidence to arrest this suspect. The book lacks suspense. The enthusiastic narration makes up for some of these shortcomings.
Compelling subject matter, clever structuring, great characterisation
My Sister's Keeper - by the same author
it brought the book to life - one can identify with the characters
This must rate as one of SK's worst books - a naive and gullible goodie-goodie main character of the 'o shucks' variety coupled with a storyline that reads like the diary of someone that stayed in bed to avoid anything happening to him and a narrator that sounds as if he is selling sweets to three-year olds - made me gave up half-way.
stay with the earlier SK books.
yes, the old stuff
The book could have been an enjoyable listen (although some plot elements are downright beyond belief) but the narration reduces it to farcical levels. The narrator adopts a psuedo South African accent and strange voice intonations for all the characters, which makes them not only comical (at best) but wholly unbelievable and simple minded (at worse). It is off-putting and unnecessary - South Africans do not speak like that. I perservered only because I thought the author could not be blamed for the clownish performance, but my advice is: DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.
This book suffers from a lack of a strong editing - it drifts on and on and on, getting bogged down in irrelevant detail of little interest to any reader who wants to know 'what happens next?'
Not nearly in the same league as the previous books in the series.
I must differ from the many rave reviews of this audiobook. Cardboard characters, two unrelated and contrived plotlines that never meet, stilted dialogue, overworked cliches, and improbable feats by men aged sixty-plus made this one of the most painful listens I have ever experienced. I perservered bacause I was hoping that something would redeem to story, but in the end there wasn't really much of a story. One star for the narrator who tried his best.
Funny, fast pace, great dialogue, larger-than-life characters, a seamless plot and superlative narration makes this a must-read. Go into it with an open mind - it is unlike anything else being written today in the 'crime genre' - and simply enjoy the ride.
In a word: superb. Ten out of ten for style, characterisation, narration. An Audible must listen.
If you can, get the abridged version of this book. Better still, avoid this book altogether if you dislike predictable storylines, cardboard characters, over-the-top descriptions and verbage that fill the pages but achieve nothing else. This book MAY be of interest to readers who want to find out more about the American electorate system.
Yes, this book makes for compelling listening (perhaps because of the seven narators which allows one to identify with the characters) and Jodi Picout knows how to hook the reader emotionally, to the point where one FEELS for the characters, but it has one major flaw which spoiled it for me - throughout the book the main character comes accross as self assured, independent, witty, and streetwise whereas, when the book ends, one is left with the feeling that she was no more than another victim or worse, that she, despite all her positive attributes, neverthelass allowed herself to be a victim, leaving the listener with the question 'was that done just to serve the plot?'
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