i bought this because of all the positive reviews and was mildly disappointed, its not bad by any means just doesn't live up to the hype
first off this story tries wayyy to hard to be funny and i believe this is what makes the humor fail horribly
secondly i didnt really become engaged in the characters just sort of listened to it out of entertainment and boredom
however it is a pretty light entertaining book but if your looking for an engadgeing emotional story look elsewhere
I'm very perplexed at all these high ratings.
If anyone listens to many autobooks like myself, you'll find this piece to be very amateurish in writing and in execution.
nothing at all gets fleshed out and none of the character dialog or actions seem believable in the slightest.
Dont get me wrong this writer certainly shows potential, you can see glimmers of it in how he tries to present, the execution just comes off very very poorly.
im really scratching my head as to why this is getting so many five star reviews
all the "gripping, intriguing, engaging" just isn't there.
it actually does start out well with intrigue and a little mystery.
but shortly into the book, that all gets thrown out the window, and we get another basic, "oh we have to survive from the dead and reach this point"
which actually left me kinda disappointing. and it sort of just ended, there was no conclusion. after i was just like "thats it?"
its not a bad book by any stretch. but its just a simple fun read with not as much depth as you'd hope.
I was told 2 things by the reviews on multiple sites
1. intriguing plot
2. engaging characters
it was neither.
i would buy it as its a fun interesting listen to help pass the time, but please don't hold high expectations as I did based on the reviews.
*worst writing style ive ever come across
heres an example of one of his sentences:
He knows that when he gets to the place on CSV-5 where the bottom corner of the billboard is obscured by the pseudo-Gothic stained-glass arches of the local Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates franchise, it's time for him to get over into the right lanes where the retards and the bimbo boxes poke along, random, indecisive, looking at each passing franchise's driveway like they don't know if it's a threat or a promise"
^^this is what you'll be listening to
*people say this book is funny, (didnt laugh once)
im 4 hours into this book and i have to say its the worst audio ive ever listened to.
i was forcing myself to listen to this story in the hope to get my moneys worth
it was so bad i couldn't finish.
confusing as hell, i listened to it for an hour and hated it
ended up just stopping there.
the mystery kept me interested even with the shallow characters
however this book had a horrible concept and the ending was terrible, especially the second hlaf
would not recommending, its like reading a mystery plot then discovering the killer was just a drunk guy who had to many beers that night.
way better then ghost story
had some nice twists
good to see harry progressing as a character and in magic
however it will be hard to keep the books interesting if he tones the scale down and just makes another mystery in his town with some side villian
now that we've gotten the full scale of major characters, how will he keep the next 7 books from not going backwards to boring sideplots?
Based on the reviews I expected a masterpiece.
What I got was an average story with a interesting plot. Buy this if you want to pass the time.
However the story moves at a good pace and there was hardly a dull moment.
But all these "best book i've ever read" and "epic story" you have to wonder how low these other readers standards are.
Some things to keep in mind about the Main Character
Caine being described as a complete badass is very overrated, all his actions scenes were terrible. He was honestly not that impressive. So if you read the description and are hoping for him to kick some ass you will be disappointed. He rarely had any action scenes. And the ones he was in he just got beat up and outclassed.
He's also described as being a jerk and heartless killer, in a way he was but at the same time he just a nice guy who was trying to save his wife.
^^these were just minor gimps is his character that really bothered me when reading this book, i was expecting him to be a lot cooler.
First couple hours it was difficult to pay attention. A lot of boring details are put into the book which makes it drag in places.
Emotion felt forced and I found myself not caring.
Story was also uneventful but gives you just enough to stay somewhat interested.
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