The narrator really did an injustice to this story. I think I might have enjoyed reading it, but the narration made the characters seem dim-witted and dull. Not sure if Ms. McDuffie was going for a northern NY accent or what, but her inflections just sounded like a Bronx cheer. The story line was interesting and I think the review about not being able to sympathize with the characters had more to do with the narrator than the author. Don't waste a credit, pick it up at the library.
Haven't read the print version, but the only difference might be illustrations and that wouldn't change my opinion of the story.
This was a really entertaining little listen. Philip Pullman always pulls a rabbit out of the hat and this story is no exception. The quick development of the characters and plot, which still had a sense of mystery, proves that Mr. Pullman is a master storyteller.
Mr. Lesser is a competent narrator, but I'm not sure his narration added anything special to the book.
Don't dismiss this book just because it's a fairytale. It was a fun diversion.
This book just went on and on. The story could have been seriously pared down and the characters and plot would have been more believable and much less tedious. There were parts of the story that would have benefited from further development, but were just left hanging. Again, a good editor would have helped the author with these points.
Overblown and repeated descriptions of events and characters' perspectives. It took a long time for anything to happen, then a longer time for anything else to happen. The pace was incredibly slow and wordy.
Every one of them! Ms. Miles' reading was the ONLY thing that saved this book. She is just amazing and I will look for other books that she has narrated. Super!
If this book had been ten hours long instead of 21, there might have been hope for an engaging story, but after hearing about Angie's mother or husband or high school boyfriend for the umpteenth time, I just tuned out until the story moved on again.
Don't know why this question keeps popping up. I don't usually read AND listen to the same book. I might be tempted to do so with this book, however. Just wonderful.
The strange, twisted life of a privileged family falling into madness was certainly a draw, but the way the story wove between present and past was so expertly done, both story lines kept my interest and I didn't find myself wishing to follow one or the other. Perfect balance.
I'm not sure I would tag this as a mystery, although there were certainly some mysteries that did pop up in the story. It is a true Gothic tale, with unanswered family relationships, a crumbling mess of a mansion and plenty of lonely, seemingly successful, but ultimately unfulfilled, characters. Will probably listen to it a dozen more times!
I have no idea.
This book is not a stand-alone. Readers would need to have read other works by Louise Penny in the Three Pines series to find any connection with this book. I can understand why one reviewer said it was just plain boring and the lead female character was not compelling. Without the back story of all the other books in the series, this book would be a total bore. No one would care how it ended.
I really wish someone else would narrate these books. As good as the stories are, Ralph Chosham's narration is terrible, totally deadpan, without any inflection. It doesn't matter if a character is laughing or cursing or dying, Mr. Cosham's narration just plows ahead, with no concession to emotion or the action that's taking place. Awful!
No, this is definitely a book that can be picked up and put down and picked up again without any need to rush to the conclusion.
This book seemed like a pause in the series, not the end of it. While the plot wasn't very compelling, it did bring many of the series' characters together in a different dynamic. This may be the way the author sets up the shift in Armand Gamache's crime fighting from head of homicide to retired detective. Hopefully, his future cases have a little more action in them.
This book is way too impressed with itself. The descriptive writing bludgeons the listener to death. If you didn't get a sense of the narrator's despair about his mother's death, don't worry, you'll get another 500 pages of similar writing to catch up. Not sure how the narrator drowns his misery in drugs and alcohol? Again, no worries, there are plenty of chapters of very descriptive writing to clue you in. This book needed an editor with the courage or the permission to remove at least half of this tedious novel. Not sure I want to invest another 10 hours to finish this book, but I'm sure I'll be short of credits at some point and will come back to it. There are so many good books out there, I'm not sure why anyone would spend the time on this. I didn't find it Dickensian or anything close. I love Dickens. He sets up his characters and moves the plot along. This book never does.
Not sure, but have lined up a couple of new listens, including a JD Robbs novel, just to listen to something that moves along and reaches a conclusion before I get another year older.
Hobbie was one character that was welled played and seemed well written.
Good heavens, let's hope not! It would just be a pathetic soap opera of despair.
Don't waste a credit or your time on this awful attempt at copying what Charlaine Harris has already done so well. If the idea of locating dead bodies interests you, check out Ms. Harris' Harper Connelly stories, but don't bother with this mess of a book.
This was a great book, very engaging, but the narrator was just awful! Lacking any inflection, he rattled on in a monotone, even when describing some really harrowing bits of the story. Still well worth a listen, I wish I'd read the book, since I think I would have given this a 5-star rating. The narrator almost killed it for me.
Couldn't wait for this one to be over. The story, what there was of it, was boring and I just wanted to smack the main characters silly. You have a creepy boarder who gives you a bunch of money for rent in advance and you don't want to upset the apple cart when you suspect he's a serial killer? Gimme a break. The performance was equally drab, with an American putting on British accents for the various characters. Save your credit!
This book never really got going. I never connected with any of the characters and the storyline's skipping back and forth in time did nothing to enhance the drama. I don't know what all the secrecy is about, either, but the plot never lived up to the hype. Skip this book. There are so many worth the listen.
Unlike the other review here, I didn't find the romantic plot twist a distraction from the story. The twists and turns of the narrative were first-rate and the plot kept me guessing until the last few chapters. Great stuff and a terrific listen.
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