The narrator's performance was good; however, sometimes I got the impression he was also struggling with some of the narrative/story line he was being required to read.
Although I finished the book just this afternoon, I am already at a loss as to recalling character names. The girlfriend was just awful. She was supposedly pretty and a magician's apprentice, but every time the magician tried to explain that his powers were "real" she would balk and refuse to believe him and get mad and run off to live with friends. She even suggested counseling, after the magician told her he never confided in anyone before and his life and freedom depended on secrecy. Her response? Why, counselors are sworn to secrecy, right??? Ugh. Find a new girlfriend that is less childish and petty maybe? That has an imagination and maybe loves you no matter what?
The ending was a complete rip-off and the old "make everybody forget" spell does not include the entire city of New York, the press, television coverage, etc. Or the dead bodies left behind. How to explain them????? I feel duped and I wasted time listening to this and unfortunately, it did not get better with age. The magic system was unbelievable and there was nothing "Peter Warlock" (I'm not kidding) or the bad guys could not do. Don't waste your time unless you can suspend total belief in just about everything.
I really wanted to like this book. I did listen to the whole book but there were times that I just shut it down to keep my sanity. The idea behind the book was iffy, because the author never really attempted to explain why people were affected in the manner they were and how it affected everyone with the same delusion and why homicide and hatred were the result of the delusion. Also, the thing that caused this mass delusion, was it world-wide or just country-wide? See, I can't remember and I don't think that was ever explained but I don't care enough to go back and figure it out. The narrator also got on my last nerve trying, and failing to sound like a young boy; a teenage girl; and a grown woman. If you can't do voices, just read the book straightforward. Also, being female, I really hated the way the author made the adult female in the story an adulterer, without any real reason given, and then made her whiny and a scaredy cat and totally not even remotely fierce and the character was a doctor, which is not accomplished by the faint of heart. One last gripe - the teenaged daughter was a stereotypical brat - complete with headphones and iPod and crying and whining. Just ugh. I resent wasting money on this book.
I listened to the entire book and that is 12 hours and 30 minutes of my life I will never get back. I like horror and suspense but you have to have a good idea and good writing. The characters never became real to me and none of them were very likable. I kept listening in the hopes that they might be redeemed in the end, but nope. Just as unlikeable in hour twelve as hour one. The author also tried really hard to be creepy and gross and it was just relentless. One thing after another, after another. I never had a chance to recover from one scare or gross out before another one was already coming. It was just too much and therefore, not creepy or scary but one dimensional. I'm sorry, but I just cannot recommend this book.
I first read this book when it was initially released and really enjoyed it. When I saw it available on Audible I decided to listen this second time around. It was still a good premise, just really dated. Its funny how you don't really realize how "PC" the world has become until you listen to something like this and recall what you used to hear on a daily basis and never thought twice about it. Ditto on the opinions regarding mental health and women's roles. The narrator was not my favorite either. I guess sometimes it is just best to recall a book fondly, but not revisit it.
This was an entertaining book but at times it seemed to drag. There were twists and turns and the ending was definitely not telegraphed, but my suspicions were correct by the end of the novel. I was a little confused by the lack of supervision that a lot of the younger children had, but it did take place on an island where everyone seemed to know everyone else, so maybe they could be a little more lax due to this??? I tried not to let that interfere with my reading of the book, but I kept noticing that, and also all the kids drinking alcohol. I know that in Europe they do not have the same stringent laws as we do regarding use of alcohol as a minor, but it still threw me that youngsters as young as 15 and 16 were drinking and getting drunk and the parents thought nothing of it. I'm not being prudish, it just kept throwing me! The narrator was excellent and I will read more books by this author.
This was a very enjoyable book. The plot was exciting and kept me interested throughout the book. The narrator was just awesome and totally nailed the Scottish brogues and the French accents. There were several times during the book that I laughed and/or smiled at the sly humor. I must admit that at times I did get a little lost with all the French words and locations used, but I'm trying to broaden my horizons and this is just a step in that direction! Be aware that there are a lot of sexual innuendos and even a few scenes that are pretty explicit, so maybe not a good choice for a family road trip! I will be reading further books by this author!!!
Overall this was a good book and I enjoyed it enough to order up the second in the series. Ms. French writes in a style that includes clear descriptions and believable conversations between characters. There are actually two mysteries ongoing in this novel, but only one is solved. In the mystery that IS solved I felt like Ms. French made her clues too apparent and the resolution was not unexpected. The second mystery within this novel is not resolved so I will be patient and hope to get further answers as the series progresses.
I liked her character development but was somewhat surprised and disappointed with the direction that Detective Rob Ryan took in his journey through this story. I will not elaborate further so as to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say I really liked him at the beginning and by books end, not so much.
Although this novel takes place in Ireland, there is not one Irish brogue to be heard from any of the characters. That was a little disappointing but a small thing considering how awesome the narration was. I would recommend this to mystery readers!
This is a good book and a good start to a series I am looking forward to working my way through! It made me laugh out loud on several occasions and I liked the message of good over evil and that bullying can actually make you stronger and not just a victim. I would not say this is a novel that is appropriate for younger kids - not because of bad language - but because of references to females and sexual innuendos that might cause endless questions and/or some embarrassment if listening to this together!!! Overall this is very entertaining and I am truly glad I bought this book!
This was entertaining and enjoyable. It kept and held my imagination throughout the story. The narrator did a good job with reading the book and helping develop the characters and keeping their voices distinct and individual. I would recommend this book for light reading and purely entertainment value.
I have really debated on how to review this book, as I really enjoyed the first third of the book - was underwhelmed with the second third - and was lost and disappointed with the final third. My husband read the book before I listened to it and I knew he was not impressed. I really wanted to like this book as Mr. Koontz is one of my favorite authors and has been for many, many years. As it began, the main character reminded me a great deal of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and the story of his beginnings and subsequent life were interesting and kept me engaged. But then there was the introduction of the marionettes and the fogs and and the clears and I began to get a little bogged down and confused. As the book was ending I was really confused and unclear as to exactly what was taking place and it all seemed to come to a conclusion with no real excitement or "ta-da" moment. It turned from an interesting story to just a very basic good versus evil story that was underwhelming in its conclusion. Not a winner for me. I would not reread this and I could not recommend without some hesitation or explanation. It wasn't awful.....it just wasn't very good.
MacLeod Andrew's narration was as splendid and excellent as ever.
I would listen again as the story made me laugh and was very entertaining. It is a "feel good" book and there was no angst or sadness to be found. It was just a solid book that made me happy and it made me think (in a good way!)
The story reminds me of "Forrest Gump" with all the world travels and the interesting and notable people that he meets. Then a little of the "Pink Panther" with the situations that develop and how the story eventually winds down and ends so that all is well and the good guys go on their merry way.
Mr. Crossley did an excellent job with the voices and with the accents and with pronouncing everyone's name the same way each time. His comedic timing was perfect and he made the book very enjoyable.
Well, of course it would be the 100-year-old-man! I cannot begin to imagine the tales he would have to tell and all in such an innocent and "it's not a big deal" manner. It would be a great dinner with good food and lots of vodka!
This is just an entertaining and fun book. I would recommend this one to anyone who is in the mood for a good book that tells an excellent story.
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