I don't know how many times I've passed over this series of books because I was more interested in European historical fiction rather than Australian. I regret that decision, but am so glad I finally got the first book in this Australian Trilogy. This was in part because of Audible's recent trilogy promotion as well as because it was narrated by Humphrey Bower. He has quickly become my favorite narrator, and I've listened to many!
This book has everything I love to read about, the contrast between extreme poverty and wealth, crime, drama, adventure and so on. All the while learning about a part of history I was never much interested in-- Australia.
I cannot wait to start listening to the next book, I'm sure it will be just as good if not better than this one!
I had to give up listening to this book.I just couldn't stand the narrator anymore. Let me explain why...The story was good. The protagonist led an interesting search into the killer of his one true love. All was good when he was the only voice, or with the American characters that popped up in the first half of the book. But...Towards the last third of the book there are a lot of international characters from all parts of the globe. The narrator is terrible with accents. Nails-on-a-chalkboard terrible. They all sounded like a blend of backwoods New England/Aussie outback/deep American south something or other.The last few hours of the book was unbearable and I finally had to turn it off. I have the Kindle version and will probably just end up reading it myself.The narrator needs to take some coaching classes to improve his foreign accent voice acting, or-- only narrate American English books.
I could not finish this story. I tried several times to get back into it, but gave up after the third try. As another reviewer stated, there were very interesting parts, but they seemed to be dwarfed by long, droning, pointless sections that made no sense to me at all. A lot of times the dialogue was so juvenile as to be almost nonsensical. Very disappointing waste of a credit.
I think I am one of the very few people who truly dislike Scott Brick's narration. I deliberately avoid books when he is reading, although sometimes I just can't avoid it when the book is one I really want to hear. I don't like his quavery voice when the story gets exciting, sad or scary.
Other than that I really enjoy the Pendergast series of books, I'm almost done with all of them. They're not the best books I've ever read, but are really very entertaining and worth the credits.
This was one of those average books that was somewhat entertaining, but not a story that will stand out in my mind for any length of time. I read a lot of historical fiction, I am fascinated by the way people lived years ago. I like a lot of detail, I want to feel immersed in the story with sights, sounds and smells well described by the author. I want to feel a connection with the characters, understand how they think and feel. This book did not fulfill that need for me. I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this story, most of them were annoying and unrealistic. It was an interesting book, just lacking a certain something.
This story started out very well, kept me interested for a long while, but around 5 hours from the end, I totally lost interest. I did not like constantly being thrown from once scene to the next, I had a hard time keeping track of what was a dream and what supposed to be reality. I love stories of the supernatural, but this one was sort of ridiculous. Everything the 'gods' said or did were metaphors, or just plain didn't make sense, I had no idea what was going on so I gave up and moved onto another book.
Shame, I had this book in my wish list for a long, long time. I should have listened to my gut instead of the reviews and skipped it all together.
No, I couldn't wait for the book to be over.
I don't think so.
Yes, narrator was decent.
NO! I think the story needs to end with this book.
I can't think of a single Koontz book that I've read and didn't like at least a little bit. I've read almost all of his books, and loved a lot of them, and liked most of them. I almost couldn't believe this was a Koontz story, that's how dull it was. I forced myself to finish listening to it, thinking it must improve somewhere along the line. It didn't.
I can't remember many details of the story, my mind was wandering most of the time. Such a shame, I so love this author.
I can't say for sure the audio version is better than the print version because I haven't read it myself. BUT, I am fairly certain it would be better. The narrator was excellent. When there is an excellent narrator, it brings the story to a much higher level for me.
No more Stephen King movies please, leave well enough alone. They rarely live up to the books in any way.
This may be S.K.'s best novel. I've read almost all of them and this one is pure joy. I knew within the first 5 minutes of listening that he had hit it out of the park. I was engrossed in the story in no time at all, and was led on a fantastic journey through a period of our history I never took much interest in. I've missed out apparently.
I highly recommend this book.
I don't think I'll be looking for other titles from this author. The narrator was OK, not great, not bad. His narration tended to make me tune out unless there was something very interesting going on.
Hopefully something wonderful. I like long stories that keep me engaged for many days/weeks, full of detailed characters, settings and a well defined plot.
A little more energy and enthusiasm would've been welcome.
I can't think of a single thing I did like about this story.
The dialogue of the characters in this book really annoyed me. The prim, proper English combined with the simple, almost juvenile way of speaking just didn't ring true with me. The characters were not very realistic and I didn't sympathize with any of them.
I found myself wondering what in the world was going on for most of this story, I just couldn't keep up with it. Whether it was because my attention kept wandering or because it wasn't explained very clearly I can't tell. Maybe it was a combination of both.
But not a bad murder mystery. It lacked the depth of character and attention to detail I really enjoyed in Larsson's stories. Narrator was excellent though.
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