Let me first address why I feel ripped off. After over 8 hours of listening, the end was a huge disappointment because nothing in the story was resolved. It seems to me that the reason for this is to make way for another sequel.
In my view this can be good & not so good.
Good because Christopher Lane is an excellent narrator. I am always amazed when narrators are able to remain consistent as they give voice to characters. The only exception would be Michael and Madison. Since both come from the south, I would expect both to have a distinct southern accent. Neither do.
Good because this book is really funny in parts. As I drove and listened, I laughed out loud. Sometimes Mr Koontz is downright silly, and frankly I enjoy silly when it doesn't become stupid and tedious.
Good because the dialogue is always interesting and it's real. I like that too.
Not so good because I tend to wonder if I will maintain interest long enough to see the saga of Victor Frankenstein (or whatever alias he uses--this one is Immaculate, which IS kind of stupid.)
Not so good because frankly I think this is purposeful to keep me coming back--and so far I'm falling for this age old tactic. I guess I enjoy it enough that, despite the not so goods, I continue to be entertained.
Finally, I would recommend this book if you want an entertaining, funny cliff hanger and you're willing to get sucked in. Mr Lane's narration is really engaging enough when added to Mr Koontz' humor to be worth the cost/credits. I'd do it again, and I'll probably find myself listening to #4--or is it #5. See! You just lose track.
I rated this book only four "stars" because of the narrator. He is easily understood, but has some very weird pronunciations and vocal modulations. Often he tries to use the voice of one of the characters and it's pretty funny. Gets them all confused. Still, I really LOVE the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a complex, carefully crafted story. I don't know why I've not read this book before, and I haven't seen the movie. I might rent it now because it's fun to compare.
When I read The Prince of Tides I was enchanted-the way the words of the story took on a life of their own captivated me. I loved, loved, loved this book, this story, the language, and I couldn't wait to see the film. I was not disappointed. The film, like the novel became a favorite. Frankly, I didn't think it could be improved upon. I was wrong. Listening to Frank Muller the story comes alive in ways it never did before, and the characters become individuals whose voices I automatically recognize as I listen. This is one I will probably listen to again and again just to hear the sheer beauty in the rhythm of the language.
The only down side is that I am reminded what a loss the death of Frank Muller is to the literary world. He was a genius; a master actor as he read, and I miss him.
In my estimation, those who listen to this audio book will be glad they did, and like me, will hate for the story of the Wingo family to end.
There is only one Pat Conroy and one Frank Muller. I am glad the two were united in this project.
I would never have chosen this book. I saw it on the new releases, and read the reviews which intrigued me. Then I listened to the sample and thought, "OK. Sounds interesting. Interesting? Not the half. I have been captivated by the story line and the narrators as they enable me to get caught up in the lives of the characters. I listen in my car, and I can't wait to get back to the story, and I'm sorry when I get to where I am going. I don't think you will be sorry or feel you've "wasted" your credits if you buy this book. I think you will probably want to listen to this one over and over again.
I am glad I did not get put off by another's review. I found this book to be as enjoyable as Cindy Martinusen's Salt Garden.
Characters are well-developed, and the story is beautifully written as I've come this expect from this writer. The reader of the story is expressive and adds to the story by her narration--I enjoyed her voice very much! VERY much. I've learned to trust my instinct rather than reviews and I'm glad I did so in this case. You can bet I'll continue to read everything Ms Martinusen writes.
I will keep this book to listen to again and again. I've already recommended the book to a number of friends. As the Executive Director of a pregnancy resource center that is struggling because of the economy, I found this book encouraging and inspirational, I learned a lot from Pastor Cymbala which I have and will continue to incorporate into my daily life. Prayer has always been key to me, but has now taken on a whole new dimension. If you need something "fresh" in your life this is the book to choose. I will be listening to this one for a long time. Good investment.
The premise sounds interesting, but the whole story is silly. Too far-fetched and contrived to be a good book. I listen when I'm in my car and at least I'm hearing something positive. Some of the conversations with famous people in the past are just plain silly--like Anne Frank. The author puts his own thoughts and feelings in her mouth. The "pledges" are dumb although sound advice. When I'm done with this I will delete it and move on. Don't bother is my advice if you are thinking about buying this one. It is only mildly entertaining, and frankly I didn't buy this book hoping to be entertained.
I'll start by saying the reader of this book is one of the best I've heard. She is the main reason I stuck with the dragging, pretty much uninteresting story to the end. Wonderful character portrayal. The story; however, left me wondering: And, the point is????
I just hate to get to the end and wonder what was THAT all about? So, I wouldn't recommend this book at all unless you just like to hear a good reader.
The Shack is not meant to be theology. What it is is the author's attempt to communicate God's personal work of healing and redemption in his life. I've read this book twice and now have listened. All three times God has used Paul Young's words to explain some things in my life that are hard and confusing. I've been to The Shack, the place of my greatest pain to find my greatest healing.
I recommend this especially to folks who are struggling with hurt and questions, and to open up your rigid view about who God is. God is anything and everything we need and He, above all else wants us to know Him intimately. That's what The Shack is all about. ENJOY!
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