The unique storytelling device of presenting the main character's one-sided conversation with her "shrink" drives this book.
I loved following Annie's thought processes as she dealt with her life after her abduction while also slowly drawing out the details of the experience. I admired her honesty and self-awareness.
Annie's voice was perfect. The pacing was just right for every circumstance. You could totally feel her every emotion from fear to defiance, confusion to sadness, anger to optimism.
This book moved me to tears several times, but I can't share the details without giving away plot points.
I don't give out five stars easily; this book deserves every one for both the story and narration. I'll definitely be looking for this author and narrator in the future.
Not believable. Obvious outcome. Stereotypical characters. Lots of plot filler. And Jack wasn't very appealing, doing and saying things that seemed not his style.
Jack finally figured it out but then the author seemed to drag out the telling to fill a few more pages.
Yes. Narration was fine, although it wasn't the reader we're used to for Jack.
Just about any of the stupid FBI agents.
I couldn't wait for my next listening session. The plot was helped along by the occasional switches in perspective from the main character, to the dog, to others.
Loved them all! Especially when the big, gruff cops and soldiers would talk to their dogs in the dogs' language. Maggie's voice also helped me believe I was hearing exactly what that girl was thinking.
If you like books that make no sense and take forever to explain themselves, this one is for you. I think I picked it out of the wrong section, or maybe it was filed wrong. It belongs in sci fi or fantasy. So if that's your thing...
No, I just never re-read or re-listen to books. But if I did, this would be a good one. The interesting history alone would make it worth it. And the performance had so many nuances that it would almost seem new.
It definitely kept me interested and surprised! But "edge of my seat"? I don't tink that's possible with the book's pacing and educational elements.
There were so many intersting voices that that's hard to say. He did a great job distinguishing between the various accents -- Italian, French, German; between men and women; and even secondary characters.
It was no comedy, but I definitely laughed out loud a few times.
Have heard all the hype, but this was my first Dan Brown book. I wasn't disappointed.
Narrator's inexperience is obvious. Many times it's like she's reading a line for the first time, so it doesn't come out with the right emphasis. Even worse, though, are the attempts at speaking each character with different tones and accents. I muddled through the breathy mother and too-deep male voices only because the story kept me intersted.
The main character and her relationship with the accused.
I liked the main character and might read another book about her.
I'm not a fan of historical fiction, so this book spent a bit too much time in the past for my tastes. However, the characters were interesting -- especially real historical figures such as Oliver Wendell Holmes -- and the variations in the voices and accents was fabulous! I may not read another Gerritsen, but I'll definitely look for narrator Susan Denaker again!
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