When I started listening to this book, I was delighted that, finally, someone with an analytical eye was creating interesting and believable characters; of course, he is a psychologist, so that figures. However, the descriptions of sex scenes just left me cold. What had started out as an interesting and engrossing mystery got diverted into cheap, gratuitous soft porn that added nothing to the story and only killed off the momentum of the mystery. Too bad, as the topic of child exploitation and abuse is such a horrific ongoing problem in the world and does not need to be ignored while we are subjected to graphic descriptions of the protagonist's own sexual encounters; an uncomfortable juxtaposition under the circumstances. Despite that, I MIGHT listen to another one of his books, but probably free from the library rather than paying for it. We'll see....
I just love the characters of Pine Cove. The story line is hilarious and the characters just wonderful. I've fallen in love with the place and am thinking of moving there. Oliver Wyman is possibly my favorite narrator so far (and I've listened to quite a number of audible books). He is able to completely take on the character and gender of the residents of Pine Cove, so much so that he is like a complete cast of actors. He was even able to do a convincing upper class British accent with credibility - and that's coming from a me, a Brit!
I was really disappointed with this book. I had read other reviews before purchasing it and had thought it would be a good deal more interesting than it is. I was hoping it would be the start of another good series and was quite excited to have come across it. However, as soon as the narrator started the book, I quickly realized that her soft, breathy tones were more suited to a sloppy romance than a thriller and the content soon confirmed that I was right. Stick a lab coat on Barbie and give her a gun and you have our feeble heroine. I may be being a bit harsh as I just could not finish the book. Maybe the book redeems itself? Maye not. I'm not going to find out as the only good thing about the book is that it's better than a sleeping pill. That's it....I'm going to return it. Thanks Audible for making the latter possible! You rock!
The story seemed slow, but mildly interesting; however, the narrator's phoney English really pained me. His long 'A' vowels, e.g. 'Pahsenger' instead of passenger and so forth, really irritated me as did his awful attempts to do London accents. I do wish that Audible would hire English actors to narrate English books and American to narrate American books. Too bad as the book could have been way more engaging.
The story was a cute twist on fireside mysteries, well performed and wittily written in parts. However, the sex scenes were so graphic, I felt as if I was intruding into their privacy and just wanted to tip-toe away and leave them to it. These scenes were so vivid they completely overwhelmed the story for me and drowned out the humor (no pun intended).
I was thoroughly disappointed as the other reviews were so positive. It was dull, uninspired and a waste of a good credit. The only smile that touched my lips was when I came to the end of the book, and that was a smile of relief! I have absolutely no idea how others could have found the book even faintly amusing, let alone hilarious. For a book that is supposed to deal with 'other dimensions' it was remarkably 2-dimensional. Even the supposed satirical take on 'Reality TV' was predictable. However, having said that, it would be a safe book to let your children read in bed and they would probably drop off to sleep in no time!
I was more than a little disappointed with this book as I was hoping to find another series as gripping, amusing and imaginative as The Dresden Files or even as funny and exciting as The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley (by far the most original and entertaining book I have listen to this year). Sadly, it read like a wet Sunday with just the same amount of tension and excitement. Gideon Emery, the narrator, was certainly competent, but was not able to inject any air of mystery or suspense into this less than thrilling piece of writing. I would have hoped, with a title like 'The Atrocity Archives' to have had a much darker and emotionally charged story - silly me! The only upside to this story, for me, was the mildly satirical dig on British bureaucracy, that aspect of my country of origin that reinforces my relief at not living there anymore. I guess I won't be buying the rest of the series.
Nothing short of girly twaddle, read by a narrator straight from the cheese factory!
I kept listening as I was short of a decent book to listen to and my favorite authors just can't write fast enough to keep me happy; however, I could barely make it to the last sappy sentence. That's the first and last Kay Hooper book I'm going to listen to and also the last one read by that narrator.
Creepy as heck. Reminded me of classic horror movies set in creepy country settings where, for sure, there would be 'something nasty in the woodshed'. However, twists and turns abound and lead to a satisfying ending, but hungry for more. Great prequel to the Detective Lacey Flint series. The Narrator is great! Having lived in England most of my life, I'm impressed with her ability to narrate all the different accents and flip from one to the other with ease.
This is one book I never wanted to finish. Neil Gaiman is a genius! He takes us into a world of adventure and mystery with burlesque characters mingling with the endearingly normal spirits of the dead . A world where anything could happen and often does. The book is thoroughly scary at times but wonderfully satisfying. Neil Gaiman not only creates rich and elaborate worlds with his writing, but brings his characters to life with his brilliant narration. I was sad to have to say goodbye to Nobody Owens and his friends. If Neil wants to bring them back in a future adventure that would be just fine with me.
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