This is a gripping and complicated story that keeps you wondering until the very end. By drawing parallels between the various characters and their actions, questions of right an wrong, personal responsibility, and justice are brought forward. Very engaging.
The lower rating for performance is due to acoustic shifts in the audio. It's a technical problem, rather than an issue with the narrartor (who is actually quite good). The problems aren't sufficient to interfere with the story, though.
First of all, this book had possibly the worst narration ever. The speaker's cadence was choppy and unnatural. Character voices were overdone and cartoonish. It was painful to listen too. And she mispronounced 'chalcedony' for goodness sake - if you're going to read a book based on geology, at least get the mineral names right.
The was compounded by the author's strange style of writing, with many short and incomplete sentences. The overall story was a bit on the implausible side, but I guess OK for the genre.
...but found the ending disturbing. It's just another piece of how our society has lost track of the difference between justice and revenge.
The overall storyline, though, was absorbing and made for a great who-dunnit.
I was a little apprehensive about reading a book written from the dog's point of view, but Quinn acutally pulls it off without seeming gimmicky. He manages to evoke the personality of a big ol' dog, happy with everything, convinced his owner is the smartest guy in the world, slightly confused about the details. He loves everyone who gives him a pat or a treat, and quickly forgets about any problems.
I've read the whole series now, and they always put me in a good mood.
What would happen if half your town was convinced that the world would end in a couple of days? That's pretty much what is happening to the town of Goodland. It's not a pretty picture, but I think there's a good chance that this story is what would happen. Not heavily intellectual, but a good read.
The longer the book goes on, the more implausible the storyline becomes. The characters and their motivations just don't make sense. We're ultimatly expected to believe that the heartless CEO is so overcome by lust for the young scientist that it interferes with his business decisions.
The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. It appears to be an opening for a sequel.
This book shows a remarkable lack of understanding of the complexity of emotions and confidence. The entire message boils down to "don't worry, be happy" and offers only the most obvious of suggestions for dealing with problems. He makes the assumption with only minor training and a pep talk, anyone can go out and remake his/her life. Clearly, if it were this easy, we'd all be rich and successful already.
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