I'm a Tana French fan. So much so that I bought and listened to this book, without reading a summary or any reviews. Her first three books were terrific. Broken Harbor is the story of a detective investigating the murders of several family members. I won't give anything away but will say that there are a couple parallel stories happening and the are each, in their own way, extremely depressing. They each start with a sad premise and as you get into the really well written details, they get gut wrenching and then just really movingly sad. If you're a happy person, this book will make you sad. If you're a sad person, this book might put you into full blown depression.
Listening to this book required stamina. The characters are deeply unlikable, every last one of them. I listened to this book right after finishing Gone Girl and hoped to find a similarly unique story. The interesting thing is, many of the plot elements in the two novels are the same. Complex and emotionally damaged women in her early 30's, set in areas of rural Missouri and Kansas. The difference is key, though. In Dark Places, a perfect title by the way, the book centers on a women who has experienced a tragedy and who has drifted, listless for many years. Lots of time is spent in her depressing mind and in the sad lot of people in her life.
I'd have to hear some reviews that helped me believe Ms Flynn has taken a different approach.
Like in Dark Places, the producers decide to use multiple narrators to read in the voices of different characters. It works well here and I hope to see this technique more in other books.
On the bright side - get it - the ending is satisfying. The overall storytelling, the writing skills, and creativity are excellent. In fairness, this book bills itself as a dark read and it delivers. I really can't fault the author for that. Make sure you have happy people around you when you read it.
A richer story, better dialogue, less stereotypical characters, a lot of editing.
The most disappointing was the choice to make the main characters bumbling idiots, weaklings and one dimensional. Oh, and the words. The words in the book were bad.
The performance was fine.
Here's the thing, this book was "recommended" to me by Goodreads because I loved the Stand, by Stephen King. And sure, there are some similarities - post apocalyptic wandering across the former United States, new communities, warring groups forming, some magic. However, King is a storyteller that weaves complex characters and plot points together in a way that isn't obvious. His primary characters have complexity and interact in human ways. Swam Song's characters, especially the main characters, are so limited and one-dimensional, so weak and stupid, so obvious and boring that the comparison with King is an insult.
I don't typically listen to books twice. That's not the way I'm wired. A great book is hard to predict, its characters are unique but relatable and the story does a few things you didn't see coming. Night Film, along with maybe King's The Stand is going on my read-it-one-more-time list. Bravo, Pessel.
This is not the kind of book I listen to. It is melancholy (yet happy) and even tempo-ed and has a grand total of 5 characters, including a dog. Yet, I raced through the entire 10 plus hours in about 3 days, riveted and eager to learn what happens next. A character study written in a poetic style about a couple of survivors many years after a flu wipes out nearly everybody left on the planet. Sole searching and introspective and still able to pull off a fascinating story arc. One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.
Lovers of dogs, flying, Colorado and all introverts should read/listen to this story.
It's refreshing to read a book that takes place in a location that is so unique. Set in Roman occupied (what is now) England, this is a story of a medical officer who gets mixed up in the murders of slave women. I particularly liked how modern the language seemed. It didn't dumb down the conversation to portray a culture far removed from modern times and it didn't pretty up any of the slave culture of the day. It was just matter of fact about how people treated each other.
When the story ended, I was left feeling like it was really only a part of a grander epic story and was disappointed. I read later that it's part 1 of a 3 part series and I'm intrigued to see where the author takes us. Hopefully we'll leave the little encampment and explore the native lives and cultures that were only really hinted at in this book.
You've read Vince Flynn or Mitch Rapp so you know the character. The lead is Rapp except instead of wandering the back roads of America looking for towns to rescue he's working on an oil rig. He's Flynn except instead of being a bad ass working for the government he's a bad ass not working for the government. Reluctant heroes with super military training. Good main characters though some depth is needed.
The story in this book though is better than the Rapp books and in line with the Flynn books. International terrorists with a plot to destroy America have a plot that only our disgruntled reluctant hero can stop. Fast paced and good story telling with characters we can keep or toss.
Overall I like this story and as a memoir goes, it's light and easy to listen to. Tina's story is interesting and her reading style is fun and airy. The style is very much like the one she gives with her on screen characters, as in, "can you believe how much fun we're allowed to have?" I like it though after awhile, yeah, I can believe it, next joke please.
I've listened to over 200 downloads from Audible and this might be my first written review. I'm feeling compelled to write this one simply because I was so suprised by how successfully the author, and the reader, grabed my attention from the begining. It was a facinating take on a classic scifi idea. That said, the last 3rd of the book was not nearly as strong as the first 1/3rd.
Everybody who's read a lot of Ken Follett understand a couple key points: 1) he's hot and cold - writing some incredible novels and some terrible dogs, and 2) he likes to put a random sex scene in to keep things spicy.
I really wanted to like this book and by listening to it, I was able to finish it. If I had been reading it, I would have quit long before I got half way in. The individuals' stories don't connect much and are not that interesting. The history lesson is good. Hearing about how the Red Army comes to power in Russia is interesting. Hearing the phrase, "and when he entered her" several times in a 1,000 page historical fiction was a little creepy.
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