This book is so helpful when someone you know is going through a very difficult time in life. There are practical applications and encouraging thoughts.
A better narrator and a better story.
Anyone with more variation in their tone. She sounded more like a non-fiction voice than a fiction voice. It lent itself well to this boring story.
Maybe the main character because she was so clueless about being in a story.
Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the story to come together. I expected a spicy story about women and men missing the signals and the signals being a main part of the story. Instead, “you should have known” signals were sprinkled very sparingly throughout the story. Most of the story is full of unnecessary, mundane details that never led anywhere except to me eventually listening to this book at 2x speed! I never, ever do that. I just wanted to get to the end to see if this story came together, it didn’t. The story overall is a poorly executed mediocre book idea. I would have given it less than 2 stars, but while the story fell flatter than flat, it was still fairly well written (so 2 stars for technical skill). I'm honestly at a loss as to what all the hype is about.
Splendour Falls reminds me of any good Agatha Christie story, such as Murder on the Orient Express and Evil Under the Sun. I could not figure out this whodunnit and the way Kearsley wove it all together was very satisfying.
At first, Barbara Rosenblat's performance confused me because she has a rather mature voice (in a good way). The character is supposed to be in her late 20s, I think, so the narrator's mature voice threw me off. However, and this is a big HOWEVER, I quickly got used to Barbara's voice and eventually loved the sultry maturity that it gave to the main character. Her voice also lender itself very well to playing male characters. Her French accent was perfect. Overall, I grew to love this narrator and hope to find more books she has read.
Murder Under the Sun. ;)
I have now listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's Audible books (the ones that are available here). Out of them, Splendour Falls was the most different from the others -- Winter's Sea, Rose Garden, Firebird. At first, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have time traveling-like features of the other books, but in the end I didn't care because I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of this story and the narrator's performance.
No and maybe. This story is dark, disturbing, and I wish I could unlisted to it (erase it from my brain). Ron Rifkin did a fine job, but I like him better as an actor than a narrator.
Overall, the narrator did a good enough job that he did to detract from the story. I kind of which he had because the story is sick.
That poor baby that was "released." I'm in shock that people even like this story. The only thing I can come up with is that the end might be the pay off, but honestly it's not enough of a payoff for the deeply disturbing parts of the story.
Skip this and the upcoming movie. You won't be able to unlisted or unsee this.
A different narrator would have made this better. Honestly, the narrator's accents kept slipping and changing within a character, among other annoyances. She just wasn't the right person for me.
The narrators Kathryn Kellgren and Rosalyn Landor did such an excellent job narrating two other books by the same author and each narrator did an outstanding job. They each allowed you to get involved in the story without thinking about the narration -- I cannot say the same thing for this audiobook.
I don't know that I would have cut scenes, they scenes were fine. I may have reorganized some of the story so that you *spoiler alert* find out about the Cora sooner or at least have more clues about what is going on with her. That would have helped with the mystery.
Overall, the story was okay but was de-enhanced by the narration. I would not recommend this audiobook. However, I would still highly recommend The Firebird and The Winter Sea.
The author read his book a little too slowly. It would have been nice to hear this spoken more conversationally, more naturally.
Don't accept conventional maintstream answers, look beyond for answers. There might be unusual, but mundane reasons for why things happen.
The premise of The Tipping Point is interesting and everything the author wrote is interesting, but every time he offered reasons behind the reasons of why thins happened, I kept thinking, "Yeah, didn't we already know that?" So I didn't find the ideas revolutionary or new, just interesting. In the least, the ideas in the book will make for great conversational pieces.
The combination of genealogy, mystery, and genetic memory.
While I like audiobooks for their portability, I normally get distracted by the narrator and their inability to really portray different characters, especially different genders. I usually speed up the reading so I can get through the book quickly because while I want to hear the story, the narrator is annoying. I did speed up this story because I couldn't wait to hear what happened! I easily and quickly got caught up in this story because 1) it's a really fascinating, enthralling story and 2) the narrator did not detract or distract me from the story. I found myself pausing whatever task I was doing while listening because I was so enchanted by what was happening. I even laughed, sighed, and almost cried
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