This should have been a good book. The idea of an entire town going missing on Christmas night over 100 years ago sounds great. A group entering the town in current time and uncovering what happened also sounds like a great read/listen.
Instead this overly lengthy book describes what happens to one-dimensional characters that I really didn't care about at all. At about the two thirds mark, its as if the author suddenly realized he needed to give some attention to character development instead of endlessly describing the landscape.
The perpetrators of the worst acts in this book aren't really explored at all. Their acts so heinous with no real context that I was laughing out loud. Ridiclious!! And the mirroring of events from the past/present just got tiring.
I listened to the end because I love listening to Luke Daniels but I really didn't care at all about the end of the story. This might be a first for me. And the end was so silly I wondered what the editor was thinking.
Seriously, this could have been half the length and twice as good with a bit more thought.
Oh well, it got me through a very long drive so I should be happy for that. Sorry Mr Crouch.
I have many books by these authors and they are all great books. This one though was just too long for me. If I was reading a paper copy, I would skim through about 20% of it as much of it is descriptive.
As with all Preston/Child books, the book seems to be thoroughly researched, but I struggled with the characters of this book. Too mechanical or one-dimensional. But, overall enjoyable, especially while driving.
As others have mentioned, this book follows on somewhat from Relic but easily stands on its own. I found myself laughing out loud at the preposterousness of the last third or so of the book but didn't mind a bit due to the great story telling of these two authors.
I understand that the description of the underground tunnels is based on fact, as is the population of folk who live in them so that adds an interesting aspect.
Others have said they felt it was a long story for a disappointing end however, it is a story that gets you in and holds you right to the end, with an ending which I found to be just fine.
I cant' say much about the narration as I was engaged completely in the story, so I guess that means the narration was good as I didn't notice it!
I bought this on a whim and I am SO glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the fun story, great characters and brilliant narration. "Hounded" brings the old lore to life in a completely new way. Druids, vampires, werewolves and a variety of gods are mixed in with some good old fashioned Irish storytelling. Thoroughly enjoyable. Now I must go and find myself an Irish Wolfhound....
I bought this hoping for a good story I could listen to whilst at the gym and enjoyed it so much I found myself listening every chance I had.
It was odd to come across a book where I couldn't care less about any of the characters, yet I just had to keep listening. It's a clever story which saves a few good surprises for the end.
Nicely narrated although one or two of the characters' "voices" irritated slightly. Still, who cares? It is a ripping yarn and I enjoyed it immensely.
Dr Martinez narrates his own work and just listening to his soothing, compassionate voice is a pleasure in itself. The ideas he is narrating work on a level I have never come across before and are remarkably effective.
At last, a scientific understanding of the mind-body connection that is not New Age in any way. Martinez's techniques are infinitely more effective than any visualization exercise I had tried in the past and I finally have closure on issues I had been working on for years. Hooray!
Thanks for this body of work Dr Martinez. I hope many others will find relief in their lives as the result of this audio book.
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