While the characters are nicely developed and the reader does a good job, the book is formula all the way. No plot. Once I realized nothing was going to take this book out of the rut, I was really disappointed. Trite.
It's way too long.
Shorten it and add something to give it life
SHe's quite scratchy but I got used to it, and she did a good job
Be prepared for a book about Australian "mums" who might well be in an American suburb, and whose lives revolve around day to day issues. There is no plot, just an unfolding of real life, and a thread of "murder" that is over wrought for the action.
I was hooked into this book in the first five minutes. It's right up there with top 20 of thrillers I have listened to and I can't wait to download another one by this author. So many twists and turns - keeps you guessing, and was well written besides.
Professor Joe...He is part humanitarian, part psychic and part psychologist. I can't vouch for all his theories, and wonder if "real" detectives would follow the leads of such an expert,. but in this case, they did, and they panned out, and the story moved forward. He was the glue.
The very very end...and don't read ahead!!!
It just made me want to go on long rides in the car, where I do most of my listening. I hated it to be over!
Bravo to all - the author, the reader, and the production company.
The character development was exceptional and the overall story brought a unique perspective to the horror of WW2.
What I liked best - but what caused it to NOT get my Five Star rating -- the chronology. The unfolding of the story was compelling, but at the same time, confusing. Perhaps this was because it was audio. I might have been more excited had I read the written version. THe jumping around of the timelines had me rewinding on this book more than I have ever needed to do in other audiobooks.
He was fine...no complaints.
The unresolved ending.
Not really, because I felt like I was listening to his prior books
He's the best - and the only reason I finished it
If you are new to Silva, you will undoubtedly find this an unusual and interesting read. However, if, like me, you have read them all, this is just an amalgam of everything that came before it, with some new rogue countries currently in the news that allows the settings to be different.
I don't know what impressed me more, the narrator or the story!. Clever plot turns and interesting characters. I am going to get the next book right now!
I see the five star ratings here and the best selling status of this book on the NYT weekly list, and I wonder what all these folks get from a book that I believe was peopled with trite characters, shockingly, even sickening, evil deeds, and pedantic writing that went on too long for me. I finished it as I was stuck in the car, not because it riveted me. I found the Strike character unlikable, the subplots unnecessary and banal, and the tone of the writing very high-brow for such a genre. Count me among the few people who would never recommend this book to anyone and who will leave this author on the shelf. It's a wonder I didn't fall asleep while driving.
This book really hooked me because I am both dog person and mystery lover. The reader was brilliant, always adding to the experience, never overpowering it. The story was both touching and real. The book offers edge of your seat drama, pathos, and clever resolution. The inner voice of the dog was so believable. At one point I had to turn it off (first time ever!) because I was sure the next scene would be a disaster for the dog and I had to prepare myself. See for yourself...
I was overpowered by the readers. The contant shifting of voice distracted me. They were talented readers - no doubt about that - but the attempt to turn this into a stage-type reading was hampered by the way the dialogue was written.
Meanwhile, the story was choppy and full of flashback references I didn't get (undoubtedy a prior book) , the plot contrived and unbelievable. Bring back "The Camel Club!"
Keep a notebook by your listening device for this one. I got so lost in the odd names and the convoluted histories that it became a chore to listen. So I gave up by the 6th chapter. Be warned: lots of details, and many characters, unlikeable as well.
I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.
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