If it had not been for the over-ennunciating narrator, I would have given this book a 5-Star Rating. Having read Michael Connelly's so-so "Lincoln Lawyer", I was very pleasantly surprisedby the seat-of-your pants storyline of "Echo Park." If you are looking for a mystery-thriller that it diffiult to put down, try this book...despite the annoying narrator.
I have listened to over 400 books and I have learned to choose my books very carefully in order to avoid disappointment and wasted time!
I rarely choose a book with a rating of less than 4-Stars and, due to this rule, I have had the pleasure of listening to 100's of great books.
I can only member one other book which I purchased of 4 stars or greater which I did not like and that was over four years ago....until now!
This book was rated as a 4.1 Stars while I only have given it 2 stars.
The Sci-fi plot-line is weak at best but the writing is absolutely awful.
The further I got into the book, the more obvious it was that this book could not be saved!
Towards the end of the book (the last 45 minutes or so) I was close to giving-up on going on to another book.
The only reason I finished the book was so that I could write this review with the integrity of a person who actually finished the book!
By the time the book ended, I felt as though I had listened to someone scratching their fingers nails on a chalk board.
So the question I find myself asking is how so many listeners found this book to be worthy of four stars?
The answer may lie in the fact that the book is classified as a Sci-Fi book and, it has always appeared to me that Sci-fi listeners sometimes mix-up what the see as a good story line for a well written book.
In this case, I feel the book is neither a good story nor is it well written.
There certainly will not be a Replay iof this book!
I can't remember the last time that I so thoroughly disagreed with the ratings of other Audible listeners.
With so many wonderful books to listen to, I would not waaste our time with this one.
I had just read, "Silent, Joe," my first book from T. Jefferson Parker.
Based on Sielnt Joe, I was eager to read more of Parker's books.
I thought that I had found another Michael Connolly!
Boy, was I wrong!
When I choose a book, I put alot of weight on the ratings of other listeners.
Black Hole was rated above 4 stars which almost always means that I will like the book.
Not this time!
This book went from good, to fair to pathetic over the course of a dreadfully disappointing story-line.
This book had promise, but that was about it.
If you haven't read Silent Joe, I would encourage you to do so.
Having said that, I urge you to avoid Black Water.
I am very careful about the books which I choose to download.
To be honest, I like modern detective books (Michael Connolly) and I like well-written mysteries..
As I listened into the 2nd hour of The Good House, I was wondering when the murder would take place. I was wondering what dramatic event would occur that would need to be resolved throughout the remainder of the story.
The book had a definite flow but I was swimming against the tide expecting something familiar. What I got instead, was something totally unexpected. An absolutely wonderful book which, at the same time, wove the characters and the feel of a charming New England town into the stark presentation of the alcoholic mind of Hildy, the main character.
If you have ever known or experienced addiction of any kind, exploring the mind of Hildy is a spell-binding revelation of how the addictive mind can survive, thrive and then dive into utter despair.
This book was so well written that I had trouble turning off my I Phone.
To top it off, I can say that I have never experienced any better narration. Usually when I finish a great book, I immediately search for other books by the same author, as I did with the Good House.
But this time, I made a point of searching for other stories with the same narrator and what did I find? I found The Darling, a wonderful book with the same narrator that I listened to three years ago. The narrator was so compelling that I have once again downloaded The Darling and will listen to it again tonight as I go for my nightly walk with my beautiful boxer.
Please listen to the The Good House. You will be glad that you did.
It is very unusual that I so thoroughly disagree with the ratings given a book by my fellow Audible readers. To start with, the writing of the author is at best mediocre and that is being kind.The story itself is a shallow and predictable presentation of a modern day police story. If someone is looking for a well-written and insightful modern detective author, simply read any of Michael Connelly's books as the worst of Michael Connelly is more convincing and more engaging than this shallow book. (Check out "The Poet" as one example.)Finally, the narration is in keeping with the book as it is certainly acceptable but it is not in any way engaging.I am very careful to choose books with an average reader rating of 4.0 and above. This effort has paid off in well over 500 titles that I have purchased.This book is one of just a small handful of books which has been an exception to my process of choosing only winners.
After listening to over 200 audiobooks, it's near imposilbe for any one book to claim the title as "the best book I have listened to." This book was on it's why to that rating. The book is so clever, so deep, so ingenious in it's plot and delivery,that I was sure that I would give the book a five-star rating. That is, until the last 45 minutes or so when the story had to end.
It might be true to say that such a tremendous book could not possibly have an equally fantastic ending. It might be true, but it seems to be a cop-out. The ending of this book is, let's say, disappointing. Don't get me wrong, I still highly reccommend the book...no doubt. The truth is, this book could have had three or four different endings and, if the author did truly have several endings in mind, I think she chose the weakest one.
Deinitely read the book. You might just love the ending. If so, it will likely be the best book that you have ever listend to!
I think that their ability to convey the inner dialogues of the two main characters was extremely valuable in understanding the nuances of their thoughts.
Download this book!
The Best Yet
I have been listening to Audiobooks for over five years and this woderful book has to rank as one of the best I have ever listened to.
I have learned not to purchase any books rated fewer than 4 stars by Audible listeners. The Survivors Club is only the second time I have disagreed with the ratings of other listeners.
I had just listened to two other Lisa Garder books Which were really good soI thought the Surivors Club would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately,Inwas wrong.
As other listeners pointed-out, the narration was sub-par. The narrator had trouble with male voices and one in particular was portrayed so poorly that it was aggravating.
I would have still recommended the book if the story-line itself had been believable and engaging. The story ( and the writing) were so unlike the othernLisanGardner books, I had to investigate how this could be.
A it turns out, this book was released years earlier and this would explain why the quality of the story and the writing were not fully developed.
I would urge you to stay away from this book.
I have listeed to all of Jo Nesbo's books and he is only gettinng better. This book held my attention throughout and just as I though I knew what was ahead, somethinng totally different appeared. I highly reccommend this book!
I must admit that that this great book caught me totally by surprise. I am a died-in-the-wool Michael Conelly fan who has been repreatedly disappointed in my efforts to find another crime-mystery novelist who is the equal. Well my wait is onver. Adrian McKinty is the real thing He is a captivating author and the narration is over the top spell-binding. If I could have rated this a "10" instad of a "5", I would have done so. I am now going to listen the other two books in this trilogy!!
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