"What critics say" and the Publisher's summary are apt descriptions of this novel. Many chores were not accomplished because I was engrossed in this well-written and well-read audiobook. Can't wait to read Emperor of Ocean Park!
Female narrator was so bad that I could not listen to the story. And I am usually a huge Courtenay fan.
Humphrey Bower: great as usual
The performance was so poor that, despite several tries, I was not able to get past the first section.
I did not like this book after listening for 30 minutes because I thought it was poorly written and banal. I found the reader's overly dramatic reading and silly accents irritating. The review I wrote at that time was returned unpublished because the Audible editor thought (fair enough) that I had not listened to enough of the book. I wish I had stopped there. The author's evident relish in the prurient details of childhood sexual abuse leaves me sickened.
listening to the rich prose and compelling narrative in this outstanding debut novel. The author must be a voluminous reader. She and her characters share those delights with us. Her use of similes is particularly deft.
Beaautifully written; beautifully narrated. Don't miss it.
Ms Vreeland has found just about every cliche about women, artists, and Native Americans and repeated them relentlessly throughout this novel. It is read with great emphasis and excrable accents (the phony French is particularly painful). Save your money and your time; listen to one of the wonderful books at Audible!
I usually like Dean Koontz's books-engaging characters, quirky plots, etc. In contrast, characters in The Taking are flat, pseudo-spiritual caricatures; lists of unimaginative creepy stuff masquerade as plot. The ending is completely predictable, and the route thereto is lined with spiritual pablum. I kept waiting for it to get better, but that never happened. Save your money and read ANYTHING else.
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