In all fairness; I did not finish this 'read'. Not that the material was bad; in fact, I think it could have been very entertaining as well as informative. The narration of this material was the problem; in this case the author read the book. She might possibly be a fantastic lady; but I have never heard a more whiney, nasally, self righteous sounding voice in my life. The rythm of her speech is painful to listen to; and passages that even I could tell should have been amusing; just fell flat. Another issue I couldn't understand was the brief interjection of the other narrators during her reading. I guess I thought each narrator would read sections of the book where their voices might be best applied. Not so. For example, the author would introduce the diary of one of the characters and then one of the narrators would jump in for a very brief reading of one or two lines; and then the author would continue reading. I hate to suggest not listening to something on this website; but I think you will be better off just reading this particular book instead of trying to listen to it.
Other reviewers hype the character development in this story. I'm sorry to say that the character development was rushed and fairly unrealistic for the most part. As was the story itself. The writing seemed uneven.
Sure. She's a fun read and I've enjoyed most of her books in the past. Best one was After the Night.
The narrator seemed to over enunciate every word to the point that she sounded robotic and lacked any emotion. It wasn't until close to the end of the story that she seemed to sound more relaxed and in tune with the story.
To be honest; I thought about skipping the rest of the book. I just wasn't invested in these characters' lives. But I did want to find out if Milla found her lost son so I stuck with it.
This is not an easy read...er, listen. The story is bleak, heartbreaking, frightening and profound. I have always liked this author for his dreamlike and direct writing style. He's not easy though; and I do struggle through his books, but I never feel disappointed when I'm done. Not only was this book very well written; the narration was excellent. I felt Tom Stecheshulte had the write rythmn; the right inflections and emotion and the write change in voice to bring this story to life. I tend to imagine a story more vividly with audio than when reading and I felt that his narration only enhanced my experience. You take your chances when having a book read to you. I have listened to quite a few audio books and I find it incredibly distracting and almost disgusted when the narration is even remotely sub-par. There is no danger of that on this reading. Cormac is not for everyone, but if you keep an open mind you might be very glad you took the time to experience this story.
I had been looking forward to this book for several months and I enjoyed listening to it. However, I think the author tried to cram too much into too few pages. She covers a lot of ground so its hard to get emotionally connected to any of the events and a lot of the characters. It seems like the mysterious fairy war should have been a book all on its own to have any kind of impact. The story felt rushed and seemed to end abruptly. I would recommend this to Sookie fans, but I would have to tell Sookie newbies to start at the beginning of the series to have any idea what's going on. As far as the audio is concerned; I wish they had chosen someone else to read this. The narrator was not as good as others I've heard.
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