I loved the story from the first time I read it. It's beautifully eerie and suspenseful, exactly what I look for in a good horror story.
In the audiobook, it would be the first time Natasha spoke, because it was just so creepy.
Absolutely Baby Natasha.
Gosh, I probably wouldn't rename it. Baby Talk is what the author intended it to be, I think it would be best left that way.
Great story, Karin did a fantastic job narrating it, I would love to hear more from both Mike and Karen.
It's just so fast-paced! Seriously, I've read every book from Mike, and I absolutely love his ability to surprise the readers by giving them things that nobody ever could've predicted would happen. This is a writer who goes with the flow, it seems, with his stories, and the format works extremely well.
It's nearly impossible to pick a single moment from Passion, Power and Sin that was particularly memorable for me, because the entire novel had me absolutely enthralled, from the first to the end. There were literally no dull or slow moments; it picked right up at the beginning, and it continues at the same satisfying pace throughout.
Well, considering I did read the book before listening to the audiobook, I will say this:
I've heard Karin reading Baby Talk (also by Mike), and absolutely loved it. So, I looked forward to hearing her narration on this book, and I must say that I don't regret a single moment I spent listening to her.
Karin has a gift of storytelling, and she does it in such a way that one wouldn't even consider speeding up the narration (as is possible with the Audible mobile application) because it's just so perfectly paced.
I loved listening to it particularly because she makes each character distinct to the readers; she does a very good job with each different character.
I think my blood pressure shot up when I first read it. When I was listening to the audiobook, it was just like getting the chance to re-visit characters I haven't visited with in quite some time, and to pick up some details that I might have missed the first time. I mean, the story was the same, but through Karin's narration, I feel as though I have a depth to the story that I haven't had before, which was a fantastic experience for me.
Would I recommend you read this book or listen to the audiobook? Absolutely. Not just this book, but all of Mike's books have been wonderfully written, and each one reads in much the same way: the fast-paced, well-developed plot with wonderful characters. Some parts can be seen in my head particularly, as if straight from a Hollywood movie.
Listening to this book was similar to listening to Mike's other books as well. I find a number of audiobooks too slow with the narrations, so much so that I play them at 2x, sometimes even 3x their recorded speeds just to get the listening satisfaction. With Mike's audiobooks, the pacing seems more reader friendly for me, they aren't too slow but they aren't too fast, either. Mark Torres is a perfect example of this.
It painted a lot of pictures in my head when I was reading. The characters are SO deep and well-developed that you really truly care about the characters and what happens to them, as opposed to a number of books being produced today. Mike has written a number of books now, and it's obvious that he loves writing the stories, he has a lot of fun with the work, and these stories are the ones that will get bigger by word-of-mouth and eventually earn Mike a spot with the best authors ever.
It is evident by listening to this story that Mr. Torres enjoyed himself when he was reading the book. There's a kind of excitement (if I can call it that) in his voice that was appealing to me as a reader. He did an A+ job of telling the story, and doing the voices of the characters. It only took me a short time to fall in love with his narration, and he handled the character of Billy [the antagonist of the story] absolutely perfectly.
Not really, because the whole thing was amazing in my opinion. It held my opinion for the entire novel and left me wanting a sequel, which I still hope Mike one day returns to. The whole story kept me on the edge of my seat, and I sometimes still go back to think of Billy, Allen and Cynthia and wonder where they would be at this very moment.
A lot of this review has been taken from my book blog, although I have written a few extra things in. You can check out my book blog at baileycrawly.blogspot.ca
I absolutely would. Each novel written by Mike Wells is very fast-paced; with lots of plot twists cliffhangers that leaves you begging for more.
Lust, Money and Murder, being the first thing I read by Mike Wells, was extremely faced-paced, and hit the mark dead on of "Unputdownable Thriller."
Sue Sharp is an amazing voice for the story she's reading, and you can tell that she very much enjoyed doing it. It is a joy to listen to.
I like the speed at which the story takes off, and how it keeps you hooked on until the very end, trying to figure out what's going to happen next and how Mike is going to tie up "all that stuff" in the end.
She brings a lot of expressions that I didn't have when I first read the book on my own; personally, I read rather monotonously, so Sue's voice added depth to the characters, which is something I greatly appreciated.
There is so much that happens in the book that there really isn't one particular part that "moved" me. I guess you could say that at least 75% of the book amazed me, and the other 25% surprised me with the way the plot would take sudden turns that are unexpected, but very much welcomed.
Sue Sharp is, in my opinion, a perfect voice for the novel. She really brings Mike's work to life, giving it depth and expression that would not otherwise have been there. I really enjoyed reading the book for the first time, and had just as good of an experience out of the second time, as I was listening to it.
After I finished this book, I felt obligated to try out some of Mike's other work, just to see if he could match the enjoyment I got out of this book, and what I found from my experimentation that I enjoyed all of Mike's books.
I would highly recommend this book, especially if it's your first Wells novel: it's the perfect introduction to a great author I'm sure you'll love.
Oh. My. God.
I don't really think any other books compare to Bag of Bones. I really think this book is unique. I wasn't really reminded of any other books when I was reading this, because Stephen King writes so uniquely. It wouldn't be a good Stephen King book if it reminded me of another book I'd recently read. So, in short, there are no other comparison books.
Stephen King does some pretty awesome accents that I really enjoyed, ones that helped me get "into" the characters.
He gave me a certain feel for the characters I wouldn't have got if I was reading the book on my own.
YES!!!! This book starts out rather predictably, I'll admit that the ending had a lot of different twists that made me feel very emotional. Some parts made me laugh hysterically, while others made me cry uncontrollably for a while.
I enjoyed spending time with Mike Noonan, and the story really held me from start to finish. If you're a fan of classic ghost stories, this one is great for you!
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