What can one say about a novel in which the main characters are weak and unable to solve any problems? I listened to the whole book just to see if it could get any worse, and unamazingly, it did. There were no heroes in this book, a slight heroine who rides out of the darkness a little late, but only very stupid people who hold inane conversations and unimaginative characters who get seriously injured.
And then Sparks had the nerve to thank everyone in the world for this book, like it was an Academy award.
Don't even waste your time on this one!
I am half-way through the first download and I can't listen to more. I have NEVER stopped a book in the middle; I give authors a chance to improve. The plot is uninteresting and is full of a lot of nonsense detail. The characters are not interesting. The read is terrible. Yesterday, I pulled the plug, put the iPod in the armrest and turned on the radio.
Save your time.
Started with something more interesting than a beating.. of a rich, simpering you-know-what.
His alternate voices are almost funny - like someone telling a joke.
Very much disappointment. I have only read Faye before, in a pinch, but the listen is not up to Audible standards.
May I have my credit back?
This book is at the top of my list
Mitchell - he had the most to learn
Leonard and his manic depression was extraordinary
I loved this book - kept my attention each and every minute.
Having read only two-thirds of the book, I am ready to scream. Seeing the length of the rest, I have given up.
Telling you of the many particple phrases used, I hope that you don't read this book.
Really, folks, listening to this book is pure torture. Having read too many books that week, some editor was in a hurry to get this one published.
The author takes us into a world of bizarre characters, strange happenings and tells a wonderul tale with all the twists and turns of a complex mystery. Allow your expectations to stay outside of this world. Just step in and enjoy a magnificant tale of human weakness and strength.
I digested this book slowly over a number of weeks; I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want the story to end. This was one of the most interesting, original, imaginative works of fiction I have read in years. Before I was finished I had order my own "to keep" copy of the hardback. Yes, the author delved into the dark side of life, but that dark side of the characters was necessary to drive the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who can keep an open mind, enjoys great character development and appreciates a realistic ending.
Rick Patterson took a wonderful subject, a big chunk of modern day history and turned it into a monster of a read. He admits in his interview that he left nothing out. If he traveled there, he included his location in the book. He included too much to be easily readable!
Second, Patterson's editor needs to be more vigilant in editing. I heard at least three 'he or she said sardonically' in this book and at least dozens more of the dialogue attributions. Everyone spoke quietly, earnestly, softly and sardonically until the nails on the blackboard screeched in my ears each time someone spoke.
If you saw a lone woman driving down the interstate day after daylistening to her audio tape but screaming in a silent pain, I confess, it was me, slugging my way through the book.
I was rewarded at the end with a great court room scene. I wish we would've gotten there about 100,000 words sooner.
If you have an I-pod and can listen in fast mode and skip forward every chapter or so, you too can slug through the jungle of words.
If you want great writing that tingles your toes, look elsewhere. This is a history lesson wrapped with painful dialogue. The characters are rather enteraining, at times.
Mr. Patterson needs to read Stephen King's "On Writing." Could someone tell him it's available on audio? "I learned from the King book," she said earnestly but softly in that sweet manner.
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