This book was slow to get going and I am sorry to say that I was unable to finish it. It's not that it was horribly written - it's just that I didn't care. I didn't care about the characters, their stories (or lack thereof) and the plot. It was not making sense in the kind of way that makes you stop and think "well, why didn't he/she/it just do this/that/or the other?" Duh!!! And when you are not invested in the main character and the plot, then it is death to the entire endeavor. I love books and stories and it pains me to say that I was unable to finish a book, but in this case I would have rather had a root canal than listen to the rest of the book. It was also not because of any fault on the part of the narrator. She was good.
This was an entertaining book but at times it seemed to drag. There were twists and turns and the ending was definitely not telegraphed, but my suspicions were correct by the end of the novel. I was a little confused by the lack of supervision that a lot of the younger children had, but it did take place on an island where everyone seemed to know everyone else, so maybe they could be a little more lax due to this??? I tried not to let that interfere with my reading of the book, but I kept noticing that, and also all the kids drinking alcohol. I know that in Europe they do not have the same stringent laws as we do regarding use of alcohol as a minor, but it still threw me that youngsters as young as 15 and 16 were drinking and getting drunk and the parents thought nothing of it. I'm not being prudish, it just kept throwing me! The narrator was excellent and I will read more books by this author.
This was a very enjoyable book. The plot was exciting and kept me interested throughout the book. The narrator was just awesome and totally nailed the Scottish brogues and the French accents. There were several times during the book that I laughed and/or smiled at the sly humor. I must admit that at times I did get a little lost with all the French words and locations used, but I'm trying to broaden my horizons and this is just a step in that direction! Be aware that there are a lot of sexual innuendos and even a few scenes that are pretty explicit, so maybe not a good choice for a family road trip! I will be reading further books by this author!!!
Overall this was a good book and I enjoyed it enough to order up the second in the series. Ms. French writes in a style that includes clear descriptions and believable conversations between characters. There are actually two mysteries ongoing in this novel, but only one is solved. In the mystery that IS solved I felt like Ms. French made her clues too apparent and the resolution was not unexpected. The second mystery within this novel is not resolved so I will be patient and hope to get further answers as the series progresses.
I liked her character development but was somewhat surprised and disappointed with the direction that Detective Rob Ryan took in his journey through this story. I will not elaborate further so as to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say I really liked him at the beginning and by books end, not so much.
Although this novel takes place in Ireland, there is not one Irish brogue to be heard from any of the characters. That was a little disappointing but a small thing considering how awesome the narration was. I would recommend this to mystery readers!
This is a good book and a good start to a series I am looking forward to working my way through! It made me laugh out loud on several occasions and I liked the message of good over evil and that bullying can actually make you stronger and not just a victim. I would not say this is a novel that is appropriate for younger kids - not because of bad language - but because of references to females and sexual innuendos that might cause endless questions and/or some embarrassment if listening to this together!!! Overall this is very entertaining and I am truly glad I bought this book!
This was entertaining and enjoyable. It kept and held my imagination throughout the story. The narrator did a good job with reading the book and helping develop the characters and keeping their voices distinct and individual. I would recommend this book for light reading and purely entertainment value.
I have really debated on how to review this book, as I really enjoyed the first third of the book - was underwhelmed with the second third - and was lost and disappointed with the final third. My husband read the book before I listened to it and I knew he was not impressed. I really wanted to like this book as Mr. Koontz is one of my favorite authors and has been for many, many years. As it began, the main character reminded me a great deal of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and the story of his beginnings and subsequent life were interesting and kept me engaged. But then there was the introduction of the marionettes and the fogs and and the clears and I began to get a little bogged down and confused. As the book was ending I was really confused and unclear as to exactly what was taking place and it all seemed to come to a conclusion with no real excitement or "ta-da" moment. It turned from an interesting story to just a very basic good versus evil story that was underwhelming in its conclusion. Not a winner for me. I would not reread this and I could not recommend without some hesitation or explanation. It wasn't awful.....it just wasn't very good.
MacLeod Andrew's narration was as splendid and excellent as ever.
I would listen again as the story made me laugh and was very entertaining. It is a "feel good" book and there was no angst or sadness to be found. It was just a solid book that made me happy and it made me think (in a good way!)
The story reminds me of "Forrest Gump" with all the world travels and the interesting and notable people that he meets. Then a little of the "Pink Panther" with the situations that develop and how the story eventually winds down and ends so that all is well and the good guys go on their merry way.
Mr. Crossley did an excellent job with the voices and with the accents and with pronouncing everyone's name the same way each time. His comedic timing was perfect and he made the book very enjoyable.
Well, of course it would be the 100-year-old-man! I cannot begin to imagine the tales he would have to tell and all in such an innocent and "it's not a big deal" manner. It would be a great dinner with good food and lots of vodka!
This is just an entertaining and fun book. I would recommend this one to anyone who is in the mood for a good book that tells an excellent story.
This was a totally engrossing, interesting book. The future envisioned by the author was believable and convincingly written. The main character is an addicted telepath that is currently clean, but at times coming close to losing his sobriety because of job stress and personal stress. He is very human in his weaknesses and it makes the story more interesting and draws you more fully into his world. The narration was good and did not detract from the story in any way. I am looking forward to adding the second book in this series to my library and listening to another good book!
I don't own the print version so I cannot compare the two.
The ending was not really an ending - just a stopping point until book two can begin.
This book was confusing for me from the beginning. As I began listening to the story, I thought that Penryn was a young girl, maybe 12 or 13 years old. This was due to the way the story was written, her spoken parts and remembrances, and also the way it was read by the narrator. As the story progressed, she seemed to age in every way, and I don't mean by what was happening to her in the story, but the writing changed and made her more adult and grown up. The narrator's voice was also more adult and confident sounding. In contrast, the angel sounded like a totally grown man, way older than Penryn, from the beginning. I swear I thought she was all of 13 years old trying to take care of her crazy mom and little handicapped sister. But, all of a sudden, we are headed toward the forbidden attraction between angels and humans, she's putting on make-up and a slinky dress to go in a club, and there is sexual attraction. I had to really adjust in a hurry and get with the program. I am not normally a "duh" kind of person and I am convinced that I was not off in la-la land when I started listening. I'm not too sure I will rush to read/listen to the second book and I don't even know if it has been written. I am just really torn about how to review this book - not very helpful I know and I am truly sorry. The purpose behind the angels attacking humans was never really explained and there were only hints dropped as to a possible cause and that was also frustrating because there don't seem to be any good angels at all and everything that was alluded to in this book regarding angels and God and history was in no way similar to the majority of the teachings we hear/see/read these days. Also, society seemed to have fallen apart and everything stopped working in very quick order without any good explanation for why this was so. I think I would have to recommend this book only with a caution and a question mark and an additional "I'm not sure how much money/credit this book is worth" Have I read worse books? YES! Have I read better books? Definitely YES! Not awful but .......???????
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