This was an interesting and captivating story, a good listen for what it is. True crime stories tend to have a sameness and this was true of this book,as well. But it was fascinating despite it's predictability.
I liked everything about this dark story with lots of twists and turns in the plot. I am new to this author and highly recommend him to someone who would like discovering a new author. All four of Cain's audiobooks that I have heard have the uncanny trait of outstanding narration. I wish other book narraters were as expertly chosen.
This "listen" was okay, neither great nor memorable. I don't think the writing style was so great for an audio and I may have liked reading it better.
This was a fun book in that it had sort of a campy, "trashy novel" feed about it. The best aspect,however , was the reader, who can make or break an audiobook experience.This reader made this story come alive .The plot itself was just okay, not Cain's best work. Both audiobooks I ve listened to by James Cain have been enhanced by the choice of narrator.
Although I enjoyed listening I found the it to be anticlimactic and disappointing at the conclusion. Most of the book was suspenseful but the ending fell short.
This is a sad story of two people who, for lots of reasons, couldn't be together. End of story. But after the melodramatic death of one of the main characters, the continuation of confusing character twists was distracting and somewhat unnecessary.
This book is a disjointed collection of really interesting stories. They are insightful and plausible. But the tie that supposedly binds the "chapters" together is vague, unclear, and occasionally pointless. The ending was so odd that I thought that there was a problem with my Kindle! The book does not have an ending, resolution, or culmination. The words just stop. This could have been a really good book but it just doesn't blend and the reader is left wondering what it was all about.
This is a laugh out loud sort of book, which I think is rare. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if they are new to the work of David Sedaris.
While I respect these two women and greatly enjoyed their books, this was sort of a waste. Although there was much to be said, they didn't. Too much time was wasted on adolescent giggling and vapid jokes. Believe me, these two are not destined for a comedy club. Also, the audio is very poor in too many places. Don't they have sound engineers in these productions to monitor? Did anyone ever remind them to speak clearly into the mike and keep their voices up?
I enjoyed this collection of essays and will miss this recently deceased writer. She has funny though caustic observations to make about aging.
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