If I was reading this book I doubt I would finish it. Although much of the story is fascinating, I think all the philosophy and self aggrandizement would get very tedious. However, the narration is absolutely brilliant - the characters come to life, the different accents are flawless, it is hard to believe that one reader could have such a diverse range. Humphrey Bower has raised the bar for all readers.
I have 3 hours left of this book and I have totally lost track of the plot. I am a huge MC fan and had preordered this book before there were any reviews. Sadly, this book has been a real disappointment. I'm not sure if the story is any good because I am unable to focus on the boring, monotone narration. It's really hard to understand why this audio book was even released. You would think a best selling author would have a great narrator.
I was hoping for a serious story about living with deaf dog (we have a deaf bulldog in the family) but this was just a cutesy story about starting a business read in a cutesy style.
I am half way through this book and am really enjoying it. At times I even get a " Gone Girl" vibe even though the stories are very dissimilar. My problem with the book (and the reason I am not giving it 5 stars) is the cause of death. At the risk of giving out a minor spoiler - the possible cause of death was murder caused by giving an MAO inhibitor along with certain foods that can cause a hypertensive crisis. In the book this medication had apparently been prescribed as a PRN to augment her other treatment. Now to the problem - MAO Inhibitors are not prescribed as PRNS for several reasons: like other antidepressants they do not work immediately, you need to be on them for a period of time to notice their effect, also, they can interact with other psych meds and would be dangerous if given with other types of antidepressants and we can assume someone who is bipolar and on numerous meds would be taking some sort of med for depression. I was a psych nurse for many years and long ago the use of this drug was fairly common. Patients were informed to avoid certain foods but compliance being what it is, I am sure plenty of beer and pizza was consumed despite the warnings, yet, never have I heard af any problems occurring because of eating "forbidden" foods which leads me to believe the risk may not be that great.
"Presumed Innocent" is one of my all time favorite books and I'm guessing "Innocent" is going to follow a similar storyline which is fine with me. I just wish I didn't have to believe a psychiatrist would have prescribed a patient 10 tablets of Phenelzine.
The writing was excellent, the narration was okay, the characters were original as was the plot. Why only 3 stars? I enjoyed parts of the story but often had to rewind because I hadn't been paying attention. This only happens when a book is not holding my interest. After 17 hours (plus rewind time) my mind was still wandering and I really didn't care how it ended.
As an animal lover, I really liked this book. It didn't make me want to pack my bags and go to Africa (too many snakes and insects were described), but it did thoroughly entertain me and I learned a lot, too.
I look at authors who have one crappy best seller after another, and I wonder why I only happened on Adrian McKinty by accident. His books are original and the writing is excellent. Gerard Doyle does a great job with the narration.
I enjoyed this book. It's rather slow, oppressive, and dark which is right up my alley. It is really a character study, and the mystery lies in the characters of the two "wicked girls".
Years ago I read this book and watched the miniseries. I remember being very impressed as well as disturbed by the story. Listening to the book again brought back just how good the story is -I had forgotten so much of it.
A fun listen. I totally identified with the main character as I'm always imaging vermin in my house. I did feel sorry for her as I know she was miserable. I was a psychiatric nurse and I know the torture a person suffers when no one else believes their fears. You'll have to listen to the book to find out if there really were bedbugs.
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