So, I have to say up front that I really hate the way this woman performs a book. Her voice is grating and she will suddenly increase her volume the moment anything is meant to be getting dramatic. If you are listening with earbuds, it's especially awful! I just cannot listen to any more books read by her.
This production, though, was worse than usual because of all the editing errors. What the hell?! On many occasions she says something over and over, I suppose trying to get it right, but the wrong ones were never edited out. She even makes an aside or two. Very confusing and so annoying. Maybe if it had been free, I could have overlooked these, but it is unprofessional to put a book so poorly edited out for people to purchase.
The story...seriously, I got so annoyed with the grating voice and the poor editing that my experience of the book was just ruined. I do think it is a good story line. But I won't be reading any more Nina Borg books because of this poorly produced one.
She detracted SO much, as I stated. I can just never listen to a book read by her, I guess. Hate her voice and way of reading.
A desire to have my money back.
It was just so boring and none of the people seemed real to me. I did not care in the least what happened to anyone. I really kept trying and pushed through to the end, because all the other reviews were so good. I just never saw in it what others did. It was flat and lifeless for me, with neither energy nor depth.
I suppose, been a better writer...known how to bring the characters to life. I just love reading books set in other cultures and even the fact that this was a book set in a culture about which I know nothing did not make it worth the listen.
Had more inflection. Her way of speaking for the main character reminded me of the old stereotypically affectless voices used for the First People in old movies.
Disappointment. So much disappointment... :o(
I just feel all the more bummed out because I had such high hopes about reading a book set in a whole new world for me. I even tried listening again to see if I was just in some sort of funk or something. Nope. Still really did not enjoy this book.
Maybe a different author? There was potential in the storyline, but the characters never became real, the surprise ending was sort of slapdash and the constant shifts in perspective were dizzying.
It wasn't horrible, but...well, I guess it's not a great sign if that's the best I can say about it. In the end, I didn't care what happened to anyone or why it happened. Utterly forgettable.
I am going to go back to something dependable, like Arnaldur Indridason, who is always utter perfection.
Noooo!!! The narration annoyed the living daylights out of me. Some of it was fine, but some was cartoonish. One good narrator is all you need, not multiple so-so to silly narrators.
I have to tell you, I finished reading this a week ago and, forgettable as it was, I already couldn't answer that question...I think it would take more than cutting a scene to turn this book into a good book.
I would not. It was just so dark. There was no humor, no relief from the oppressive darkness. It was just...depressing. It's too bad, because I thought the premise very interesting and pretty original. But 12 and 1/2 hours of unrelenting bleakness is just too much for me.
I haven't. And now I probably won't, unless I see reviews that give me reason to hope of something less depressing.
Gabra was okay, but it got very confusing to me to have her doing the narration for the sections that were Liv and the sections that were Cam, with nothing to differentiate them.
Well, it does in the sense that the story isn't over at the end of the book. I won't read the follow-up, though, because I can't really take any more of the bleak world she has created.
I think if you like overly emotional endings that try to give everyone everything without any attempt at believability, then this book is for you. I was so angry for reasons I can't really go on about because I don't want to put in spoilers. Suffice it to say, I sort of regret having started the series because of how ludicrous the ending was.
Honestly, this sort of turned me off to the whole fantasy thing for a bit, so I think I will go for something a bit more rooted in reality.
She did okay, though I found her voice too girlish overall. I did have trouble getting past that, but eventually did - only to face the disappointment of the series' ending.
It ticked me off. I did get sad and then the ridiculousness of the ending and its attempt to make everything alright made me angry that I had ever felt any sadness, since it was all sort of fake.
I am sure there are others who would not feel as strongly as I do that the ludicrous way this series ended made the investment in the whole story line not worthwhile. But, for me, I feel cheated by the way it ended with a sort of "we will work it all out" wrap-up that does not go into how impossible things will be worked out and that means the sadness the book made me feel earlier was all just tear-jerking. It strikes me as lazy and facile on the author's part.
someone who finds domineering men who stalk and beat the woman they supposedly love sexy. i admit that i read kresley cole just for the way she writes about sex, which is why i tried this one. but this book is CREEPY! i just don't find rape sexy, even if the guy who does it supposedly loves you. couldn't finish it.
the violent portrayal of sex.
Kimberly Alexis is great, here as in every other book I've listened to.
from the beginning to the point where he rapes her. yuck.
it actually makes me sad that any woman might find a book like this enjoyable. sadistic and domineering men and women who put up with them. isn't it supposed to be 2014?
Is there an award for most boring book? This book would win hands-down. How can so many people have enjoyed it? The characters, one-dimensional as they are, are pretentious in the extreme: brilliant, athletic, beautiful. Sadly, they are boring, boring, boring!!! I never knew so much about characters - for instance, exactly how they take their tea and why - without finding anything to like. If the two main characters dropped dead, I could not have cared less. And the vampire love interest. What is there to love? Ugh. This author really has no ability to create characters OR to create an interesting plot.
I'm not sure, but she was the only decent thing in this offering.
The ones from the first page to the last. Really. I cannot tell you how completely boring this was. I had to keep fighting to listen and often lost.
Just do not waste your time and money. Also, I wish I could figure out what the listeners who liked it found to enjoy....
I don't know what else to say but that this book was utterly devoid of action or clever clues that lead you astray so that you can be surprised when you finally learn whodunnit. You just don't care whodunnit.
i wish I could get my credit back.
Someone who gives you some indication when there is a change of speaker in a dialogue between characters. I kept getting confused.
Um, just the stuff between the front and back covers.
Save your money.
Jo Nesbo just gets better and better!!! If you like Nesbo's Harry Hole series, then you must read this one. It is a ride and a half. I kept thinking that I couldn't take it anymore, but you just cannot stop listening.
A word about John Lee: I am in love with this man as a narrator. Absolutely the best.
Several, but all would be spoilers, so...I will keep them to myself.
SO many!! And this is as perfect as all the others. He is the best.
Listen. You will not regret it.
I would - and do - wholeheartedly recommend it!
There are SOOOO many simply fabulous, unique, entertaining characters, but, as it is told from the perspective of Saleem, and he is funny, smart, clever, confused, curious and every other appealing adjective you can think of, he wins my deepest affection.
No, but you can bet I will now! He performs this book as if he were channeling it - as if he were creating it. His different voices are wonderful. I really can't say enough about how terrific he is, so I won't even try.
Again, Saleem. Though, again, the 'pages' are peopled with such rich, fleshy, funny, sad characters that one could easily compile a list.
I really cannot recommend this highly enough. It is a world to get lost in - a world that often feels more real than the real world. I had heard so much about Rushdie's masterful writing, but I could not have imagined just how worthy he is of that praise. This book will last forever and I know I will listen again and again. Don't pass it up!
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