I had to start and restart this book half a dozen times. It begins so slow and drags for several chapters. But, I am so glad that I stuck it out. The story really picks up and by the half way point, I couldn't stop listening. The biggest problem is that there are long sections with way too much detail. But the history, action, and narration really come together to make a great experience.
I cannot say enough about this book. It is several stories within a story. Each narrator plays their part perfectly, especially Toran as Minka. This book begins in present day with Sage. As we begin to learn her story, she meets an old man with a disturbing secret. As his tale is revealed, Sage seeks guidance from her Grandmother Minka. At this point, Minka takes over, and we hear her amazing story of living as a Jew in Nazi occupied Poland. Minka is able to survive because of her talent as a writer. Throughout the entire book we hear bits and pieces of Minka's own unpublished novel. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Honestly, Minka's story alone makes this one worth the listen.
This book is so filled with repetition that there were several parts that I could repeat from memory by the end. For instance, the same video was described using the same words 5 or 6 times from different characters points of view. It was almost as if Brown had to reach a word limit. I also felt as though the descriptions of art and architecture were much more involved (and boring) than in his previous books. I just had a very hard time getting through this one. It was not the action packed thriller I was hoping for.
I tried to read this on my kindle but couldn't get past the accents. It was much easier to listen to with this narrator. I really enjoyed the book and the characters. I thought the author gave away the ending very early on in one line. If you're looking for a great mystery with lots of twists, I'd keep looking. This one is better if you think of it more as a look at a very dysfunctional family as opposed to a crime thriller.
I really got into this book and couldn't stop listening. So I was very disappointed with how abruptly it ended. It's not that there were really many loose ends. For the most part, the story had concluded and wrapped up the major plot lines. However, I felt that the author kind of copped out in the end. Without spoiling anything, it seems that while the entire plot revolves around whether or not Faith is actually encountering God, the end doesn't satisfactorily answer the question. I realize that it wasn't really the point of the novel, but after hours of build-up, I just didn't feel that there was any kind of message. Still, it was an enjoyable listen and the narrator was great. There were some extraneous lip-smacking and swallowing sounds, but I was able to look past that.
There's not really much I can say about this one. You pretty much get what you're expecting. There are not any twists or turns, and the ending is pretty predictable. For fans of zombie flicks, books and tv shows this is a nice addition. It's a fun take on the inner workings of the walking dead. It's a quick listen, entertaining, and the narrator does a great job.
This is one of those few times where the book is not necessarily better than the movie. From everyone I've talked to who have experienced both, you'll will probably like whichever one you saw or read first. I absolutely loved the movie, so I was disappointed to see how different the book is. Major plot lines are completely different. With that being said, the book was still a great listen. It was significantly darker and sadder than the movie, but still had moments that had me laughing. The narrator was fantastic in his portrayal of Pat Peeples, but did seem to have trouble with female voices. Overall, I would recommend this Audible book and really enjoyed it once I stopped comparing it to the movie.
I don't really have a lot to say about this one. The narration was great. The story was a little sad and very touching. I'm glad I listened to it, but I don't think it will stick with me for a long time.
I've listened to all 3 of Flynn's novels and have loved them all. I don't want to give away any of the story, but I'll say that the story, characters, and narration are great.
This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!
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