Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2008
I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.
I love Adrian McKinty. I liked the premise of the book. I enjoyed parts of it. But the ending? Are you kidding me? So lame and unbelievable you will wish you never started the book. Don't say I didn't warn you.
I could no longer listen. So much horrible childhood abuse, so many completely random personalities. No real interest in the patient - more a self aggrandizement of the "boyishly good-looking" shrink. I grew so bored with these endless sessions and the detailed descriptions of childhood abuse (real? pretty far out there). No insights to be gained here - a vast, vast waste of time. Harrowing is indeed the word for it. Save yourself!!
I confess - I LOVE Tana French - all her books are tremendous. This one was spectacular. The narration might be the best ever. And the story and the lushness and quality of the writing - I wanted to be able to listen forever. Completely engaging, excellent, excellent story. Don't let the teen girl thing turn you off - it's terrific (if scary). This is no fluff work - it's a fantastic mystery with writing that makes you realize how much junk is out there. Tana French - we are lucky to have you!!!
Okay, so I though this might be another Jo Nesbo - NOT! I am a couple of hours into it and after a promising opening, I am bored out of my mind. The narration is flat - I can't tell the characters apart and at this point, I don't even care. It might get better, but I'm not chancing it - there are too many other great books out there.
I've listened to hundreds of audio books and typically go for great mysteries. But this was one of the most gripping stories I have ever heard - I was gasping and cheering out loud! Simon Prebble's narration was truly magnificent and the story is beyond fascinating and incredible.
This is a book I think everyone should listen to - for the lessons in leadership, loyalty, and the amazing human spirit. I don't know how this would play out if it happened today - far worse I suspect.
If you are considering this one - please, please get it - you will not be sorry.
I saw all these great reviews and snagged this one, excited to find a new series. I love Tana French, for example. But this is brutally boring. I've been listening for a couple of hours and am already ditching it to go to my Harry Hole and Dept. Q series. There are so many better books! If I get crazy and return to it, I'll update my review, but so far - a deep disappointment. I gave it two stars to be fair to the narrator who doesn't deserved to be punished for poor material.
This is one of those audio books that I hated to put down. In fact, when I was traveling and didn't have my iPod, I downloaded the e-book so I could read it on my laptop. It's that good. Haunting, beautiful, deadly. For days afterward I was still thinking about it.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. The characters are fascinating. If you like good, dark mysteries, you'll love this. And make sure you download the accompanying PDF - the pictures there add to the story. I LOVED this book!
Clearly I'm no learned critic. I found this story of poverty and filth and death terribly depressing. There were few characters to like and no excellence to be achieved. Lots of plodding through a painful and dreary existence. Ugh. No light at the end of this tunnel.
I really liked the premise of this book - kids and parents and computing. How worried the parents are and the moral choices they must make. But I found the unrealistic intertwining of the lives of all the characters too contrived. At the end I remember thinking, "Are you kidding me? This could have been so good!!!"
That said, it will probably be made into a movie. Isn't that why we all read? Most movies these days stink.
This book could have been great.
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