There are 3 things wrong with this book. First of all, the quality of writing is banal, and disgustingly mushy. Much too much is made of the "inner" feelings of the characters; not enough real attention to the plot.
Secondly, the plot revolves around a completely impossible concept - that there is something for women to eat which will permit them to keep producing babies throughout their lives, into old age. This is apparently sheer ignorance of the biology of womens' reproductive ability (i.e. genetically determined, limited number of egg cells).
Third, the writer seems to think this would be a wonderful thing. Whereas actually it would be a disaster for the family so afflicted, when an aging woman has to take care and raise more and more children. A disaster both physically and financially. And with an aging husband, it would increase by a tremendous amount the chance of producing deformed or handicapped babies. And, since the world's major problem is too many people straining natural resources and increasing pollution of the environment more and more, the ability to produce excessive numbers of children amounts to a major ecological disaster.
This book's description sounds like an exciting murder mystery. However, after 11 out of the 16 hour total for its reading, no murder has yet been committed; let alone the search for the murderer. Instead, it consists of a very long, tedious, soap opera. It is full of the concerns, antagonisms, agonies and politicking of mothers in a small town in Australia. For people addicted to daytime soaps, it might be a great listen. For others, it's a real bore.
This books is written very poorly, and read with unnecessary emphasis. The situations are gross exaggerations of items that might be used in a much better written story. I found it totally disgusting; a waste of time and money.
I found it hopeless to listen to this story. It was 'dramatized'; but it was impossible to tell who was speaking, or what was going on, at any one time. The plot might very well be a good one, but I was quite unable to find out what it was or how the detective ("Rebus") was going about his business.
This is a novel with a reasonable plot, but is burdened by excessive descriptions of violence and dissolution. The protagonist acts abominably; and then is rescued into good deeds at the end by ridiculous connivance. The book also suffers from an enormous load of pseudo-philosophical twaddle at the end. I could hardly wait to finish it.
This disgusting book is entirely about dysfunctional, abominable people. I was hoping that the protagonist (the head hunter) would meet his come-uppance at the end; but the author was not even kind in that regard. I cannot imagine how it came to be highly regarded by others.
This book contains a fascinating courtroom drama, and is well worth listening to for that reason. However it also pays much too much attention to the psychological difficulties of the hero, his wife, and coming girlfriend Some listeners may enjoy the exposure of human weaknesses; I found it tedious and not interesting.
In its favor, the reader does a superb job with accents and intonations.
The plot of this novel is interesting, and to a small extent believable. The big drawback is in presentation of the personalities of the heroine, and of others. The narrative flips rapidly between presenting her as a super-woman, able to fight and best some evil men, and a weak, emotional wife and mother. There is no real development of character in this story.
The writing style is superb. The delivery is superb. The only problem is in the "plot"; a weird mixture of history and fantasy. Also, it goes on for too long in a number of places. But it is a real pleasure to listen to, and I could not imagine a better verbal rendition of it.
This novelists spends very much more time with murky, unbelievable "psychology" than with the plot as such. It is very hard to see where the story is going, while we are asked to agonize over the inner feelings and uncertainties of just about every character in the story. OK for compulsive worriers, but not much use for ordinary readers (listeners).
While the story is read beautifully, in the end it is quite disappointing. Four disappearances/murders are carefully described. A hero appears who is determined to find the villains who did them, and the writeup promises that they will all be surprisingly related. But by the end of the book only one case is resolved, and no relationship is shown with any of the other cases. Basically, the writing just peters out, giving a very blah impression.
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