This is absolutely one of the funniest books I have ever read or listened to! The story manages to be heartwarming and edgy at the same time, and the narrator puts in an amazing performance. I don't even know how many times I've listened to this book in the few months since I downloaded it, but I still laugh every time!
Where do I start? I was extremely disappointed with all the characters; I didn't find any of them even the least bit compelling. The main female character (I just finished listening to this book two days ago, and I already can't recall her name) seemed like she could have been interesting if there had been any time devoted to fleshing out her back story, other than just reminding the reader over and over that her Olympic dreams had been crushed by an injury. I found Remy just ridiculous, especially after the big "reveal" that was supposed to explain and excuse his behaviour. Actually, there was no time spent developing any of the characters in this book. They all seemed extremely one dimensional to me, and I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them. And I won't even start on the pathetically weak side story of the main character's sister.
I found myself often literally rolling my eyes while listening to this book. And I do mean literally, unlike when the author wrote that the character "literally" had a ball of fire in her throat! Not only is that poor writing, it's also lazy editing. I also found the author's frequent use of the word "tummy" strange and distracting. In the middle of a passage describing how the character is "instantly soaking through [her] panties" and using such fairly raunchy language as "pussy" and "cock" she'll suddenly reference a feeling in her "tummy". This my seem trivial, but to me it sounded very juvenile and off-putting. I'm not a prude and it was not the more adult language that bothered me, it was the incongruity that bothered me. This is just one example of how the writing pulled me out of the story and had me thinking more about the writing instead of what had been written.
I forced myself to listen to the end, thinking that it must get better as it was so highly rated, but I was sadly mistaken. I have listened to hundreds of Audio books, and I certainly don't mind a bit of romantic escapism now and then, but this is the first time I will be taking advantage of Audible's return policy.
I am an RN and worked on a psychiatric unit for many years. My favourite patients to work with were actually bipolar patients in the manic phase. I had no idea when I downloaded this book that there was any link to bipolar disorder, and I was (again) extremely disappointed to discover that the author had chosen to base a huge amount of the book on this disorder, with what appeared to be little to no research done on this interesting diagnosis. Eyes changing colour during different phases of the illness due to different gene expressions?? Please. And Remy only very loosely resembled any manic patient I have ever worked with. If anyone is interested in a much more accurate depiction of an unmedicated person with bipolar disorder in a manic phase, please watch Brad Pitt's portrayal of Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys. I am a huge advocate for mental health and for de-stigmatizing these conditions, but I don't think trivializing the extreme consequences this disorder can have when left unmedicated is doing anyone any favours. Proper diet and exercise will certainly help, but only so much. Of course, there is much more that I could say on this subject, but this isn't really the place. Again, for anyone interested in this subject, I beg you to do some research on your own. And preferably more than the two minute internet search that the main character did on the condition that the love of her life will be dealing with for the rest of his life!
I think I need a well written book with a strong female character to cleanse my palate. Perhaps something entirely different altogether, like the fabulous Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Or anything from one of my all-time favourite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.
I don't think the narrator necessarily detracted from the book, but I don't think she really brought anything to it either. Adequate would be the highest praise I could give.
I usually really enjoy novels by Dean Koontz, but I found that I couldn't wait for this one to be over. This book wasn't actually bad, just uninteresting. And the narrator didn't help things with his slightly ridiculous style.
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