The actual written book might be great. I can't tell, because the reader halts in mid sentence, often multiple times. You can't follow the story because his CONSTANT pausing makes it impossible. This is not a case of a few stumbles. I'm very tolerant of different readers and have never, in my 10 years with audible, and at least 1000 books, come across anything like this.
I have always been fascinated by this subject. Not because I think there is anything good about it, but more wondering why and how a person could do these things. And having 4 teens, I want to know all the danger signs and situations to avoid.
No way. And I've never said this before about any reader.
Did the people producing this story LISTEN to any of this? It's like a teen reading out loud for the class for the first time, the whole time. Example: "As forensic psychiatrist........ James Money......more recently explains..... the limbic region of the brain is responsible...... for predation and attack and defense.... of both the self and the species." And some sentences are worse. The more complicated the wording, the more pauses. Sometimes after only a word or two. This makes it impossible to follow where a sentence begins and ends. You can't just relax and get into the story.
He wasn't too bad, most of the time. It was very distracting when he would seriously mispronounce words. For example. The word "picture" was pronounced "pitch-er". "Deputy" was pronounced "depedy", as if pronouncing the word correctly was just too much bother. It makes a narrator sound stupid and uneducated, and is very distracting.
It was okay. I love a good story, including details. So I am not the type to say a book is too long. But this book has a long drawn out lead up before the story. To the extent, that for a long time I couldn't tell who would even be the victim. That's all fine if the whole book is that way. However the part that had to do with the crime was very brief. Basically I'm not sure there was enough here for a full book. It was just made that long.
A good editor and reader
The subject and info is interesting, if you can follow it with this reader
Bad writing with incorrect English, and a reader who paused mid sentence.... Sounds done with a sentence, then adds on a few more words. Mumbles sometimes and clearly leaves words out. It gets worse as the book goes on. Found out its self published. Tried to leave a message on the site, but even it doesn't work right. Nothing happens when the submit button is clicked. This book would need good editing and a good reader to really be any good.
There is no one thing. The story line is great, the writing is so clever and realistic. The story is serious and full of action, but the clever responses are often funny for being so true. The characters are more like real flawed people. The "good guys" are flawed in various ways, as people really are. It keeps you interested and waiting for what happens next through the whole trilogy. I have at least 900 audible books. I love history, but also a great fantasy story. This is the best overall I've ever read. I wish he had more books!
They are all so complex I couldn't pick just one.
I listened to Heroes first, unaware that they were mostly characters from this trilogy. It was so good, I looked for his other books. I would listen to the trilogy first, if you have the choice.
It kept me on edge listening. It's not a comedy, but I couldn't help really laughing at his clever and original lines.
I loved it. I am pretty busy and rarely take time to do more than just rate it by stars. But I had to on this one.
I read several of her early books with these same characters. They were pretty good and indeed had the suspense/thriller aspect to them. I read a few more, and found they were less so, but kept trying. These last couple have gotten a long way away from thrillers and in my opinion, even the way people would really act or react. Its much more about how Lucy and Marino act odd, and say unkind and angry things to Kay. In real life, people would actually argue, because neither Lucy or Marino are making much sense. But they dont. They just carry on, all wondering what to do about the others.
Not a thriller at all. The crime part of it actually is a side thing and then suddenly wraps up with us jumping to the "after it all happened and everyone is OK" before we even find out anything about the very anticlimactic end. Its almost like its one of those not very important scenes they just allude to in movies after just long enough to let it be known it "happened" for the sake of the story, but not important enough to show or give detail to. (like a first night spent together, but without us needing the details and so fading out and moving on)
The whole thing also seems to REALLY center on the drama (old news drama at that) of Lucy being gay and how those around her worry and act about that. Thats all well and good for a book ABOUT those things and people can choose to read about that kind of story or drama. But with these titles of Predator and so on, along with the descriptions that are clearly supposed to mean mystery/suspense/thriller, it falls way short. I have over 400 books on tape. I have not loved them all, but this is the first time I felt like going to the trouble to give a negative review.
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