A rewrite with a new female lead not written to be so lame and pathetic.
The complete lack of any backbone or intelligence of the lead character, Louisa. How readers (or listeners) can like this book with such a disappointing character is beyond me. The most obvious things she can't figure out, anticipate or wrap her head around? Please. And the description of the book and some reviewers comment on how close her family is. All that was mentioned is how often her family makes fun of her, calls her stupid and has absolutely no expectations of her beyond getting a new job at a cafe, if she's lucky. In my world, that's not a close or supportive family. I feel like the author expects readers themselves to be a bit clueless to accept anything in this story.
Maybe. She wasn't great, but she didn't make the story any worse, that's for sure.
Don't waste a credit or your $. There are SO many better stories out there!!! If a tear jerker is what you're after, listen to something beautiful like The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - an amazing story that will make your heart break at times.
The best way I can describe the writing in this book, is that someone socially awkward wrote what he thought was "cool" dialogue amongst his characters. His idea of "flirty" banter with characters uttering phrases like "don't knock it 'till you try it" and all sorts of lame sexual innuendo got old. How quickly everyone in the building became friends was a stretch, so coupled with the dialogue, there's a lot of suspension of disbelief needed of the listener. It wasn't a terrible listen (thankfully one of my favorite narrators is the voice of this book), but the story could have been better - in the blink of an eye, the action starts, but at 3/4 of the way through the book, so felt like the author either took too much time at the beginning or was rushing to get to his conclusion. Honestly, I'm shocked by how many people gave this book rave reviews.
I almost stopped listening early on - the quizzes that the female narrator reads through painfully slowly are so annoying. If I was reading the book I would have skipped over them (the female character of the book, Amy, wrote the quizzes that you see in many women's magazines, and she'll give "what should I do/have done" scenarios in the form of a quiz - annoying, to say the least and the one aspect I wish the author would have left out). However, I'm glad I kept going. The quiz format thing eventually goes away (pretty much), and I actually found the female narrator of this book is especially good, aside from her reading of the "quizzes." There is a twist to this book that keeps you hooked. And the author writes like we often might think, there's no dumbing-down of anything. It's very well written and I'm so glad I used a credit on this! Get past the first part and you'll be glad you did too.
I'd read that some didn't care for the second book in the Ripley series as much, but I completely enjoyed it. I'd been introduced to Ripley from the Talented Mr. Ripley movie, and enjoyed the book almost as much (yes, I actually liked the movie more than the book); but enjoyed it enough to move on to book two. And I liked it more I think because there was nothing I was comparing it to. Seeing how Ripley is evolving was interesting and the story itself kept me engaged. I'm definitely looking forward to Highsmith's next books in the Ripley series - he's a great character, and these stores make for great audible listens.
A very well-written suspense book, the narrator was great, and probably one of my favorite audible listens so far. Great character development and the pace of the story was perfect. An edge of your seat listen for sure.
...a story I look forward to continuing every time I put my ear buds in. Not all audible books pass this test, and the ones that do I'm grateful to have discovered. A well-crafted story with a variety of characters (even one that shares my name!) that end up being connected in interesting ways. I hope St. John will continue writing in this genre; perhaps make this book into a series as the ending seems to imply, as I'm sure his stories will only get better. Part mystery, part "action book," I could actually see this story being turned into a movie.
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