First off, the performance would have to be immeasurably better. Secondly, I found no satisfaction in the narrative. The book wanders fairly aimlessly through a long arc of time. There are stretches that gloss over months, then stretches that linger monotonously on a few days. I could discern no reason nor rhythm to this. I would have hoped for more resolution, more point, some conclusion to the narrative. Overall, disappointing.
The performance is so bad it is completely distracting. The reading is flat and monotonous. There is no modulation in tone or fluctuation in emotion to correlate with the events of the book. Everything is read with an overbearing sense of gravitas with no regard to what is actually being described. I found that incredibly tedious.
This was a completely engaging story told by a wonderful story teller. I was entertained by the story of love between a dog and its people as well as the little insights it gave into who Dean Koontz is, as a person.
No. I listen in the car.
I would highly recommend this book to all who love their relationship with their dog, in all its wonder and magic. And maybe to those who wish they understood that relationship.
I don't know who would really enjoy this. While the turmoil of adolescence is a given, it is fairly ridiculous that every possible teen conflict could come into the life of one character. It is also tedious when the main character's range of emotions can be summed up by the recurrent sentence,
The idea of having the main character narrate his story through a series of letters is a good one. Unfortunately, the book itself does not live up to this potential. Charlie's story is so cliche in it inclusion of every possible source of teen conflict that it becomes tedious. And it is tiresome that Charlie's response to almost all of this conflicts is to begin to cry. I really only finished the book so I could talk about it with the person who recommended it.
Adequate. Flat. Distant.
Other reviewers commented on the surprise revelation at the end of the book. That enticement did keep me holding our hope for redemption of the book at its conclusion. It does not deliver. There are much better YA books to spend your time and money on.
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