I got this on the recommendation of someone who read it. Perhaps it was better on the page - listening was painful. The super sleuths were simply infuriating, and the author's obvious worship of them made them only more so.
This book is beautifully written. It builds gradually to a nightmare scenario - but never with blunt instruments or gratuitous thrills. The way the story is told in the first person keeps the action very close. I don't think it's easy to tell stories in the first person unless the writer is very skilled and economical in their prose. This book held me rapt for the whole of the telling. Luckily I was on a long car ride for most of it. The narrator is first rate. I remember him from Stegner's Crossing to Safety. His phrasing is terrific, and he inspires real connection with the protagonist.
The unrelenting beauty and horror of war and humanity - its all here in this masterpiece of a book. I can't describe the fullness I feel in my heart on finishing this story. I have listened to hundreds of books - and this one is the best of them all.
This book is so beautifully plotted and the characters so finely wrought, it was very hard to take the ear buds out over the course of the last three days! The mysteries that draw us in are irresistible, and the truths that lie in wait glisten just out of sight for much of this book. Pure pleasure, truly a great escape. Beautifully read by Kitchen - I could listen to him read the phone book, and will seek both author and narrator out for sure!
This book was awful! I bought it because it had such uniformly glowing reviews. I have to wonder if the poor ones were simply left out of the lineup. The plot was absurd, the writing - pallid. Full of cliches and pointless detail. I continued to listen because it was right on that border line between "so bad, it's good" and a full on stinker. I should have given up after the first chapter because it was a waste of time. To compare this book to Steven King's Carrie is an insult to that author.
I started out really enjoying this book. The first chapters introduce us to some wonderful characters - Odd Thomas's inner circle. koontz does a great job drawing us in to this very quirky group of outsiders. Funny and very sympathetic people who give depth to the strangeness of the premise. The book bogs down in the plot however, and I became less interested as the book progressed, which is always disappointing. I will try another Odd book though. Koontz got me to care alot about the oddballs and misfits in Odd's life and I want to know more about what happens to them!
This book was painful. I made myself listen because I had spent the money, but it was a terrible book. Seriously! It didn't help that the narrator made me want to scratch my earbuds out. Over dramatic whether he was talking about eating breakfast or running for his life - there was no difference. In this sense it was nearly comical, except that the book is so long that I nearly stopped listening countless times. REally, apart from the money spent, the only reason I kept with it was to find out what would happen with the witch.
The writing is just painfully bad. The guy is maddeningly verbose. This book is stuffed full of words that get the story no where, and make me care not ONE BIT about the characters which is one of the main criteria for judging a story - do I CARE about anybody I am hearing about. In this case, although there were plenty of people I could have cared for, by the time McCammon was done with them they were as lifeless and flavorless as yesterday's chewing gum. Dont bother.
Just finished a four day marathon with the first two books of this new series. Loved the first one, and only liked this one. Narrator is excellent, and I like the co-starring characters that will no doubt populate the rest of these books (5 more? if we're to follow the days of the week concept) My favorite peripheral character is Joseph, the Ukrainian handyman. This book was always going to be tough because the first one was so excellent. it got a little bogged down in trying to perpetuate the main plot from book one, while simultaneously introducing new bad guys who were not nearly so thrillingly bad as the bad guys from Blue Monday. I will buy the subsequent books though, it does pass the "can't wait for the next one" test! Do get Blue Monday first, before you buy this one though. Definitely need the background to enjoy it.
The Angle of Repose is a book I saw my mother read years ago. I was too young then to share it with her but knew it was on my must read list just by quietly watching her experience this remarkable book during one hot summer vacation. This book is a masterpiece - I think it is the best american novel I have yet read. Stegner opens a door to us into a world so different from our own,and yet so familiar and heartrending and human. I can not remember ever being so moved by the characters in a novel. Stegner's prose is gorgeous - there is a rapture that takes over while listening to it. His description of the western landscape inspires true reverence. The empathy and care he takes in creating characters and relationships is awe inspiring. I read the book about a year ago, and decided to buy the audio version because I wanted to experience it again and because I knew Mark Bramhall would do a fine thing with the reading of such a book. I envy those about the listen for the first time!
This book was vicious and smooth - and left me unclear as to who was the bad guy until Flynn decided it was time to change gears. A very well put together psych thriller with plenty to keep me listening long past pulling into the driveway. My only criticism is that it felt a little like Flynn got tired of writing the book a little abruptly and tried to wrap it all up more swiftly that I wanted her to. I would say more about that but I don't want to spoil the plot twists for anyone
This book drew me in from the first sentence, and I could not stop listening until the last. The yearning of the characters, the bittersweetness of their fates, the interweaving of such disparate lives - all this could have devolved into something cringeworthy and manipulative. But Jess Walter is brilliant and his marvelous use of language, both english and italian - his obvious empathy for his characters - his wonderful humor and tenderness are what make this tale a gift to listen to. Ballerini's reading is pure pleasure - and I especially enjoyed the pure musicality of his italian.
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