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Paul

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  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Agonizing to finish"
    Overall

    Usually the reviews of other listeners are correct about a book; some are positive, some are negative. This book received almost unanimous approval. I hated it. I mean I really hated it. It was agonizing to finish it. It was trite, the characters were hackneyed, it was repetitious and the background music, UGH! The author telegraphed every single plot twist. There wasn't a single surprise. Not one. In fact, the only reason I kept listening was to see if Koryta could come up with a single original character or plot scene. He couldn't. The author couldn't decide if he wanted to be Stephen King or Nora Roberts. The paranormal stuff made absolutely no sense. The protagonist could see who would die by the look in the person's eyes. But sometimes he couldn't and then sometimes he could but then they wouldn't die and he could speak with the dead and sometimes they would help him and sometimes they wouldn't. Sometimes the dead would be really good people and sometimes they would remain their nasty human selves. I mean, come on, stupid is as stupid does. My advice, don't be lured by the book description. This book really, really stinks. If you want a good romance thriller, read a Harlequin novel. At least, with them you get what you expect. I listen to hundred books a year. This one was #99.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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