Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very well written and thought out storyline. However, as other have said, I did not know it was part one of what appears to be a series???? The ending was clever, and again, well done, but it just flat out ended abruptly with no warning. I sat there for a couple of minutes feeling a bit taken advantage of...Sequel$$, however I'm over it and can't wait for the sequel! Let's just hope it has a complete ending in book two and he doesn't leave us stranded again. Jeff Gurner was exceptional with the narration and I will look to see what else he has read.
...or shallow, or narcissistic, wear a colostomy bag, have boorish faux-intellectual friends, blah, blah, blah...................
This Is The Worst Book I Have EVER Read! It was so bad I had to finish it just to see if it was as bad as it was! Extremely unsympathetic characters, combined with amateurish writing and a convoluted storyline, made for agonizing, torturous reading.
The author stole/combined plots from Cinderella, Cyrano De Bergerac, Phantom of the Opera, Terminator 2, any Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch novel, Frozen, et al, and kludged together something best used as a script for a very bad Lifetime For Woman movie.
I found myself wanting to stab the lead character in the throat with a chard of glass (You'll get the reference if you read this book...WHICH I DON"T RECOMMEND)
As I was reading, I thought maybe the author was trying for the absurd...the tongue and cheek... but, no, she was serious. I won't get into the main premise of the book, because other reviewers have done so, other than to say the commentary is faulty, banal, and hypocritical.
My fellow Audiblers, this book was so bad that I am not even going to try and get my credit back. I am willing to take the hit...to sacrifice my own hard earned dollars...just to warn you all to save your credit! That is just how giving, loving, beautiful, self-sacrificing, and wonderful I am.... (another nod to the book...LOL)
I'm wondering if Lisa Gardner actually wrote this... If so, then she must be trying to ride the "Gone Girl" train...dark, mysterious, moody, twisted plot. It did not work. Story started out ok, then just became convoluted. By suspending disbelief (police running amok), I was able to finish the story. I would have given this one star, however felt for the characters and the narrator did a nice job.
I have read and liked most of Lisa Gardner's books... Not sure what happened with this one...
I enjoy John Lutz novels and he is definitely a skilled writer, however he seems as though he's tiring of the Frank Quin series and just using his same ol' storyline to whip out a "pay check". This particular story had the same familiar characters saying pretty much the same things and doing pretty much the same things.
The story started out with much potential and excitement, however became tiresome and just petered out at the end. Almost seemed as though the ending was abridged. Very predictable. I found this especially disappointing, as Lutz introduced a character whom could have livened up the ending, however the character just disappeared from the storyline and was put to no use. Not even "Red Herring" status.
Scott Brick did his usual fantastic read.
I would have given this book 4 stars, but rate it 3.5 for Lutz just phoning in another predictable read.
Same storyline as most of John Lutz books, however still entertaining and worth a credit. If you have read other John Lutz books, then nothing much more to say.... If you have not, then read any review from any of his other works and they will apply, here.
Solid 4 stars.
This could have been a great book... interesting plot, characters, etc, however it fell short. Too much time was spent describing the environment and not enough time spent on full character development. It was like looking into a beautiful aquarium full of interesting fish, etc, but can't make out/enjoy the details, because the glass is so dirty you can't quite see in.
I only made it through chapter 17... It was just too dull/bland. It needed more substance and a lot more action/intrigue... as I said, it could have been a great book.
I could tell this writer has a way with words. I have not read any others of his work... maybe this was just an off case.
I didn't have any problems with the narration. It was a dull book and the authors read it as such.
Solid 3 stars.
I felt a bit cheated by this ending. It felt rushed and hollow. If I didn't know it was a trilogy, I would expect another book just to really make the story whole and complete. Overall, it is a beautifully crafted and written story...just needed a bit more.
Sarah Drew is magnificent and was a perfect choice for this series.
This was my very first "Hypnosis" audio (or anything Hypnosis related, for that matter) and it was amazing!!!! I'm fortunate to have a dedicated spa area in my home, with a massage table, etc, so was able to completely shut down and relax. I have never been hypnotized before, so wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't asleep nor awake, just zoned out.
Erick Brown has a great, soothing voice and was the perfect narrator.
I'm not sure about the weight loss, etc, as this was my first session, but I "awoke" feeling totally energized and calm. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, just the normal 10 pounds, or so, but I think just taking a moment for myself, out of the hectic schedule to meditate like this will be a big help in losing the extra weight!
I'm hooked and have just bought another of his audios:)
PS. Another review wrote a negative review and I thought I should clear up the confusion. She mentions this is an "Anxiety" session. It is not... possibly she did not listen long enough. It goes through a relaxation/anxiety reducing stage, which is the hypnosis stage, THEN, he introduces the weight loss encouragements. At that point, you should be "under" and receptive to suggestions. Personally, I was excited about going through that stage, as I have much stress in my life (who doesn't these days LOL) and welcomed that portion of the audio:)
Just a quick review, as others have said most of what needs to be said. Overall, an enjoyable read, just not as full as other Prey novels.
Lacked in character development. Sandford relied on past novel character development, so if you have not read others in the Prey series, you will not get the full experience and inside jokes, etc.
Plot did not contain much mystery, as story played out as expected.
Still, I have read all other Prey and enjoyed this story, so give it a solid 4 out of 5.
Predictable, brainless, beach listen... Characters are VERY cliché. Typical Jackie Collins money, power, fame, sex read. Has a definite 80's vibe, ala Dynasty or Dallas.
If you are looking for something to listen to while doing chores or multi-tasking, this will do nicely... That's why I bought it. Very well narrated, overall. Jackie Collins has a bit of a lisp, which I found a bit annoying, however not enough to take away from the story. All other actors did a fantastic job, especially considering reading so many characters.
JC left an opening for a sequel, but did wrap up this story to my satisfaction, so I wasn't left waiting.
A solid 3 stars...4 stars if rated solely as a beach read.
If you are looking for the "Feel Good Book Of The Year", this is not it! A most insidiously dark tale of an extremely dysfunctional family. I understand this is Gillian Flynn's first novel and it shows... not in her writing style, which is excellent, but in the storyline balance.
I liked the story, overall, however It stays dark and miserable throughout. Not a moment of lightness or joy. I was left feeling a bit empty. Maybe that was the author's intention... hmmm... However, I think she could have thrown in a bit of a happy moment, just to even out the ride.
Like when you see a photo of a fire ravaged forest, blackened and bleak, but then notice one small, green blade of grass or a single yellow flower popping up through the soot covered dirt. Just a little happy moment...
That said, it was well written, with depth to the characters and storyline, until the ending, where she seemed to rush, just to wrap things up. It felt as though this was an abridged version toward the end. Maybe it was done in the editing dept and not the author's choice.
I would read "Gone Girl", which was superb, highly recommended, and a more polished representation of this fine author's true talents.
The narrator did a fabulous job and I have enjoyed her work reading Lisa Gardner novels, as well.
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