I really wanted to like this story, I love a good dark tale, dead bodies and all that happy stuff. The beginning was great, but as the story dragged into the second half he lost me. I left off right after the whole scene with Baby and the french fries, I just couldn't finish it. I have over 200 titles in my library, this is the first time that I haven't been able make myself finish an audiobook.
A discernible plot, compelling characters that were more than just archetypes, Sentence structure instead of nonsensical word vomit.
The story aimlessly flits from event to event with no narrative thread to follow. The imagery is scatty, at times downright absurd: "Across the river was an eighteenth-century knoll with trees standing upon it like peasant women with arms akimbo, and the spotlight of the sun firing their green tops, while black shadows below suggested a grove of infinite proportions." What? The word dumps never end. I love words, I adore an original turn of phrase; I just think that they are best as a seasoning for the story, not as the ENTIRE book. If you prize random word pops and crazy-quilt imagery over story itself, this is the book for you.
This is not a story for the faint of heart. There is beauty, love, and hope etched in the story of Ruth Anne Boatwright (Bone), there is also tragedy, senseless violence, and hate. I laughed for her, I cried for her, I raged at her suffering. This book stands as a true testament of the resilience of the human spirit.
After waiting so long for this book, and after all of the hype, I feel very let down. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I didn't enjoy it at all, or that it was a waste of my time, or my money. What I will say is that this book lacks much of what I have come to expect in a King book.
Where is the rich character development that I have come to expect and anticipate? Where are the fabulous descriptions of scene and detail that I rely on to transport me into a world apart from my own? Where is the diabolical villain, whom I can come to identify with, thus adding a new dimension to the fear? The True Knot did not frighten me, no thrill, no chill, and no shivers.
I was excited to see where Danny ended up, yet his character arc was decidedly banal, almost as if he was living out a predestined existence. Danny became a raging alcoholic, yadda, yadda, yadda… I guess I just wanted something more from this story, something unexpected, something new. The story felt incredibly rushed, with no time for the listener/reader to come to grips with the action, before the next story point was croquet mallet-ed in. There was a distinct “What just happened?” feeling for me, for much of the novel, such as I have not experienced with King’s other novels. Why was the book so short? It felt like there was a large story to be told here, but it reads like it was either over-edited, or the author lost interest midway through the draft.
The narrator was vile. His voice was nearly unbearable at times, as a native New Hampshire resident; the accents struck me as an atrocious caricature. The voices he used were horrible to listen to, and any emotionally fraught scene was absolute torture on my ears.
Like I said, I’m not sorry I read it, I’m just sorry it didn't live up to my expectations.
I was entirely caught up in the lives of the people of Pagford. I enjoyed their stories immensely and I was sad when it was over. How can anyone say it's boring? If you like Maeve Binchy, then this is the book for you, it has a similar way of placing you into the center of the lives being played out before you. The way that each person's actions, no matter how small, triggered the actions and reactions of all of the players was perfectly executed. I am glad I gave it a try, I hope she keeps it up in this vein of storytelling.
I didn't enjoy the premise of the heroine informing herself through letters to her 'future self'. It felt overly contrived and hard to believe at best. The reader's cadence throughout really turned me off though. I only got through part 1, I couldn't take anymore. Her voice wasn't unpleasant, but her delivery was 'off', like each sentance was a juicy bit of gossip that she was telling to someone. Honestly, the story didn't grab be either. I gave it a good try, I like the genre, just not this book.
A wonderful depiction of the evolution of Marine sniper tatics. A good blend of historical data, with enough yarn to keep the story moving, and interesting.
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