...to justify overly complex structure of over-lapping plot lines. The ending wasn't so much an anticipated insight or understanding, but a relief I kinda sorta got what had happened.
I love Murakami, so I'll assume this is a good book. But the performer's reading of dialogue is appalling. The characters become swollen-tongued boobs, lumping from one disconnected statement to another.
I had to return this very disappointing version, and will get one with a different narrator.
I'm SK's number one fan but I think he misses the mark with this one. There's not the (often unnecessary, I think) resort to alien and/or supernatural intervention to resolve the story. There is the requisite love interest, however far fetched or unnecessary. But here the romp between the retred protagonist and sexy younger woman feels hollow. It disturbs what would otherwise have been a good book. Tough to top Dr Sleep, though.
Another great performance from Will Patton.
I so wanted to like this after having received a recommendation Adam Nevill is the UK's Stephen King.
I felt the characters missed enough roundness. But most important, the author didn't play enough with the blurring between nightmare and its opposite. I wanted more ambiguity, if you see what I mean. Or maybe the opposite: blatant 'magical realism' 'a la Murakami.
Sorry: I wanted the rather inevitable ending to happen sooner than later.
Another good story by Iggulden. Don't expect to be 'enlightened' but it is very entertaining. RE Grant was too present as RE Grant, in my opinion.
I was enjoying the book and performance. Enough complexity and characterisation (particularly the cockney hairdresser). And then 'blamo': the plot is tied up in what felt like a couple of minutes. A disappointing end to an otherwise good read/listen.
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