The story was amazing and engrossing from start to finish (well, not quite from the start; the very beginning sounded boring, with what seemed at the time to be an unneccessarily detailed narrative about an old man hiring a solicitor to write his will, and I almost switched to another book on my iPod. But I stuck it out and was quickly pulled into the story). The characters are wonderful and the plot is fascinating. It never gets slow; I found myself sitting in my car to continue listening when I'd get to work, reluctant to leave the story. I love the narration. The reader was perfect for this book. This is one of the most memorable stories I've listened to in my many years as an Audible subscriber.
I'm glad I didn't read many reviews of this book because it allowed me to enjoy the unfolding of the story bit by bit. If you haven't read listener reviews yet, and you like a good, HItchcockian thriller, I advise you to just download this onto your mobile and settle in for an absorbing listen. The stories of each character are unveiled with delicious timing and the story grows increasingly complex, maintaining tension throughout. It was refreshing to listen to the story through the voices of the characters involved, rather than through the point of view of police detectives figuring everything out. In this case, the police were minor characters off stage.
I didn't like this book at first. I was put off by the writer's over-the-top descriptions and use of words, which distracted me from the story and made me think of someone trying to employ all the devices she learned in a creative writing class. I was also put off by the characters, who were all unlikeable. But I stuck with it, and before too long I was pulled into the story. The characters began to be more complex, and I grew to like the women. Their family lives added interest and dimension. By the end, I was so impressed with the author's storytelling and character development that I downloaded another of her books, Triptych. That one is far better. Great characters and a plot that kept me engrossed as it unfolded bit by bit.
This book does a good job of telling the Jonestown story from the perspective of some of Jim Jones' followers. I can see the attraction of the People's Temple. It provided a caring family and community for a lot of people who needed that. I'm left wondering what would have happened if Jones wasn't a drug-abusing mental case. Could the community have thrived? I suppose it would have eventually broken down, as other utopian societies have fallen apart.
While the book delves deeply into the personal stories of several families who survived, and does a good job of shedding light on what motivated them to follow Jones, I'm left wanting to know more about the movement's leaders. It's clear Jones was insane. But why did so many people support him and enforce his cruel policies?
More diabolical than Jones was Dr. Schacht, the doctor who concocted the deadly cocktail that killed more than 900 men, women and children in the Guyanese jungle. The book has a lot of information about him.
The story was thin and not at all compelling. Ultimately depressing. I'm a big King fan, but this isnt one of his best. Someone compared it to Green Mile. No way. That story was rivetting and had memorable characters. This one has a flaccid story line and uninteresting characters, and there was too much repetition of certain lines. Scary? Not at all.
I'm at a loss. I really can't understand how this writer is so popular. The story was thin, the characters forgetable. I stuck with it til the end, thinking maybe something surprising would happen, but it just plodded along and I was grateful when it was over. I don't have any interest in reading any other Sandford novel.
I did think the narrator was okay. Not great, but okay. If he had been annoying, I couldn't have stuck with the book til the end. So the best I can say for him is, his narration was good enough to allow me to keep listening to an uninteresting story until it was over. I wouldn't mind listening to him read something that had an exciting plot line.
I'm amazed that I listened to the whole thing. The only reason I stuck with it is because I kept thinking there had to be some kind of stunning plot twist coming up. But no, it just plodded along, wandering from the lawyer's pathetic personal life to the scarcely developed criminal case. The trial was unbelievable. The characters lacked any dimension. The narrator had a pleasant enough voice but it tended to lull me to sleep. I bought the title because it was a Daily Deal and I was out of credits; I don't recommend it.
This is my 3rd Jeffery Deaver book and I'm very disappointed. Very hard to get into this story, even though the premise seemed very interesting. The narration is awful; people all sound the same. Linc is even more unlikeable than he was in previous stories. This will be my last Lincoln Rhyme book.
One of the best post-apocalyptic stories I've read. Nice to have one without zombies. Good cast of well-drawn characters. A very human story that loses nothing over the decades since it was written. And Will Patton's narration is perfect. This one goes on my list of books that get a second and maybe a third listen. Highly recommended.
The story is interesting, but most of the book is padding. Superfluous characters who aren't particularly interesting. Long, drawn-out descriptions of struggles on the water. And Scott Brick's narration rises and swells like the surf in a tiresome, melodramatic way. I kept setting my iPod at 3x to get through the bloated passages that did nothing to advance the story.
I've had this book on my wish list for a long time, based on good reviews it has received. I wish I hadn't wasted the book point on it. The story was dull and rambling. The characters were uninteresting; I couldn't connect with any of them. And the narration was awful. I got the impression the narrators were as disengaged with the story as I was. I generally like fiction set against the backdrop of history and various cultures (Barbara Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible" is one of my favorites), but this book totally disappointed me.
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