I was pretty excited to read this book after so many glowing reviews, and at first I felt like it was heading in a direction that could be pretty interesting. Sadly the trip took a lot of patience because the narrator isn’t that great. He had a very “hardboiled detective” edge to his reading. This happened, this happened, etc. Not much feeling, emotion, etc. Just stats and facts thank you very much. I know others like him for this book. Sadly, I did not.
The story of the building and the friends investigating was interesting to a point, but then it took a turn in the last third that was extremely fantastical and nothing like the first two-thirds of the book that it really became bothersome. I didn’t hate it so much as just deal with it until it was over, thinking most of the time about what I was going to read next.
I purchased this book years ago and forgot it was in my library until very recently...i went through a "Jodi Picoult" phase and hadn't listened to her in years, so i figured i'd pick this up and be entertained. What i found out was that I was so disappointed in looking down and hoping the book would be over soon, only to realize i still had another part to go!
It must be bad when you are begging for it to end...
What made this book so horrible, in my view, was how it seemed like each paragraph was written in such a way that it would end in a sentence that was just too polished to be real. Sentences like, "the way you say mommies name is like you are covering it with blankets." Yeah, four year olds say things like that.
There were 100's if not 1,000's of future cliche' sentences in this waste of my time.
The story was also extremely far fetched and annoying. The whole legal part of the book was a joke. The way the judge berated her husband over and over was beyond realistic. I couldn't stand it. But what finally did it for me (and almost made me delete the book without finishing it, something i've only done once in over 300 listens) was this:
(mild spoiler alert)
The protagonist is a search and rescue person. She has a dog that can find anyone at any time. She just gives this dog a scent and it goes off like a shot, etc. So, this lady's daughter is missing when she wakes up. The dog is on the FRONT PORCH, but she spends her time banging on neighbors doors, calling her husband and finally calling the police. It is only after HOURS of this that she finally just takes the dog, scents her kid and finds her after a bit. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WAIT SO LONG WHEN YOU HAVE A DOG THAT CAN FIND YOUR KID RIGHT AWAY!!!
LAME LAME LAME...
And that was just one part of the whole thing that pissed me off...it is not worth it...
I chose this book mostly because of the rave reviews, and the choice was difficult because I didn't relish the thought of getting part of the way into it and wanting to return it. I don't normally read this genre, but i'm not against reading from any genre, provided it is done well (and the author can actually put together a sentence - yes, i'm looking at you Dan Brown).
The plot about superhero's being all bad was intriguing, but the execution and fast pace made me love this story. I really liked the protagonist, even though he was a bit on the winy side, because I could tell from his research and total focus on one thing before he met up with the reckoners, that he didn't have much experience in anything but "epics". So, his conversations and lack of real world experience really made sense.
The narration was also very good...how he went from David to Prof's voices - very distinct and different - was impressive...
i'm very surprised at the high reviews for this book. I've listened to 100's of Audible books over the years and this is only the 2nd one I couldn't finish. I listened to 1/2 of it, enough to really give it a chance, but it was so absolutely juvenile and outright annoying I had to stop.
Teen angst is one thing, but really, is it like this now a days? America, one of the characters, is angry at her boyfriend because he was worried the main girl would get alcohol poisoning and wanted her to stop taking shots during a game. He was concerned about a girl drinking too much, so his girlfriend (who is also best friends with the girl drinking) gets mad at him and HE has to apologize?
The main character likes a girl, gets angry at something she says, so he sleeps with two girls (at the same time) downstairs so she can hear him? Really?
And it goes on and on and on...there are so many high school "games" in this, supposed, college book that I just had to stop.
...then you probably hate puppies and small children as well...there isn't much to say that hasn't been said. Every child should not only read, but learn the spirit of this book. I would hope that in my life i'd be more like Summer than anyone else, but there are very few Summers, a lot of Jacks and, sadly, a lot of Julian's out there...Julian's are the ones that need to learn this story the most, but most won't get it.
I read 14 by Peter Clines right before reading this book and wish I hadn't, because I was constantly pulled out of the story thanks to the very similar plots of the two...
I do love Odd as a character and David Baker's rendition of him is spot on...sadly this book was too similar to 14. There are enough coincidences (machine house, time traveling beasts, tons of references to Nikola Tesla...
Didn't love either book, but wish I'd read Odd before 14...
The first thing that amazed me about this book was the fact that the narrator was the author herself. In the past I’ve listened to books that the narrator reads and for the most part they are quite horrible. Just because someone can write doesn’t mean they can read.
Thankfully, this was a wonderful exception. I think if I’d known she was the narrator before I bought it I might have passed it up. As it was, I looked about ½ the way thorough the book to see who was reading it because she was so fun to listen to!
Secondly, this is a great story. There are three very distinct people in this book and each is given a wonderful “voice” and purpose for being. The way it is told and the way they intertwined kept me enthralled to the end. I would highly recommend this book.
The only drawback to this is the fact that it skips one book in sequence...but for those trying to read through all of the past Bosch books this is a very good way to use a credit - 1 credit, 3 books...can't beat that!
This book is so good that it really must be read by everyone. It deserves the hype surrounding it and more. I’ve read all of John Green’s books and can say that this is on a completely different level than his other writings. Don’t let the subject matter deter you, you really must read this book!
i think many stories told from the perspective of a disabled child would be put to audio in a way that the narrator would feel compelled to speak with some sort of speech impediment...i'm really glad that Jeff Woodman didn't take this route...i was very happy with his narration, thought it perfect for the main character and I really liked the story overall…there are some very funny moments, many sad moments and not knowing someone with this affliction, I can only hope I am more enlightened by this experience.
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