The characters were not likable. The story wasn't believable. Just too much whining. In real life these people wouldn't even be worth reading about.
Probably. I don't judge and author by only one book. If this is typical Julian barnes then this author just isn't my cup of tea. But artists should always be encouraged to try different styles.
Nothing. Neither liked nor disliked performance.
That's not for me to say. The characters are there because the author and the publisher believe they should be there.
The reviewer whose review is titled "proficient established writer - implausible story" succinctly and efficiently sums up this book and my feelings on it. Read that review. Is dead on.
Glad I finished it. Interesting twist on what otherwise might be a predictable story line. But Heaven help me, that narrator was just flat out terrible. I don't know if he isn't a native speaker of English;was trying to mimicking regional US accents with which he is completely unfamiliar ; or if part of the narration was an experiment in electronic voice synthesizing. At first I thought it was a computer voice. Then the character's accents got weirder and more and more forced. They also morphed from character to character as book progressed. A character's accent at end wasn't same as when book started.
Also irritating was the narrator's pronunciation. Sometimes he would over enunciate words like "a" and "the" etc. when colloquial speech was called for. Other times, when such a manner of speaking might be appropriate, he would colloquialize words and phrases. Annoying and inappropriate.
This poor irritating narration prompted me to stop listening more than once. But the story called me back.
No! But only because of narrator.
Liked the story and nice mix of characters. A bit of the dialogue seemed trite and forced but was an interesting "ghost" story.
I always labor through even if I don't like a book or don't like the narrator of an audible book. I jut couldn't waste minutes I'll never get back finishing this. And I tried. Especially since I've always loved Stephanie Zimbalist. Story seemed pointless and jut never picked up. I hate to bash books. I can't write and I appreciate a good/great read like few other things in life. But some books just aren't that appealing (to me). Sadly this is one of them. To the point I stopped reading, it just never hooked me and made me want to continue reading. The characters evoked no emotion, nor even negative emotions.
narrator just didn't cut it first of all. Just not believable and voice didn't do justice to the characters. I think the author is either a failed or former doctor/ME. She seems to have a love of the subject and therefore insists on inflicting upon readers endless technical details that aren't entirely germane. Just too many details. This issue plagues most of these Cornwell "bones" books. The story lines sound really interesting but then just frustrate me with bad narrators and/or excessive technical detail, medical jargon, extraneous info. I understand some background is necessary. But the author is either desperate to let us know how learned she is or just boring. Harsh i know. But I've given her several reprieves and each time I've had to seriously labor through her books. If I hadn't used a credit and the story line weren't so intriguing i probably would have just called it quits.
And characters may bring out range of emotions but I really just wanted to smack Kay Scarpetta character this time around. She is simply just irritating, whiny and annoying - and not in an endearing "character-in-a-book" way. Just beware. If you don't love this author, this series may be trying.
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