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.
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.
It needs better character development and more suspense. The characters were sterotyped and the plot predictable. I thought this was going to be a mystery - it wasn't.
Mr. King has created so many memorable characters. I always think of him as a man who truly likes and respects women but in this book the women were just awful. His main character, a retired, overweight, suicidal cop, was a total cliche. I know I'm being harsh but Stephen King is a really talented writer and I had high expectations for this book.
The reader did a good job overall.
Sadly, I can see this being made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson.
The book did hold my interest.
I purchased the first 8 books in this series because I got a great price. I thought they were mysteries - I didn't realize there would be so much corny romance. I will continue to listen because the stories are ok, I'll just keep fast forwarding through the supposedly "steamy" sex.
I wouldn't buy a book at full price. I will listen to the ones I have already purchased.
Overly dramatic and she makes the main character seem really hostile - I think this is why I dislike her so much.
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