This is one of THE best books I have ever encountered! These Roth characters are even more flawed, more human, than in his previous novels. The story is both broad, in the number of decades it covers, and deep, in its microscopic look at the impact of events on one man's life. Roth demonstrates with vigor and mastery the differences between generations, and the pain we each feel in our inability to grasp what people of a different age find important. The writing, as always, is lyrical and wandering, which considering the Jewish culture he writes about, is fitting, funny, and stinging. The narrator, Ron Silver, brings the Jewish angst to life well with his inflections.
I have already listened to passages over again, which after 14 plus hours says something about the strength of the descriptive passages, dialogue and ideas presented. And I will listen to this book again. It is a keeper. Although I never did anything quite as extreme as the daughter, Merry, this novel gave me a taste of what went through my parent's minds when I was in high school and college, pursuing passions of my own generation. An incredible read!
Having exhausted all the Pendergast books (loved them!), I went searching for a different series as well written. This has a bit of a "Mike Hammer" feel to the lead character, and some of the violence struck me as over the top, but it drew me in and kept my attention. Looking forward to book number 2.
The author gives me no reason to care about any of these characters, and that's only part of the problem with this book. The protagonist is spineless -- a victim, an heiress, a forensic psychologist who works with the police but who spent the past year hiding out after dealt a bad turn in life. This is not a person I like or want to champion. The narrator's accents for the different characters are so terrible its distracting! Hint: choose a different book.
I LOVE the Pendergast character, but this is so short and so shallow it is a total waste of time. First, the narration ends a full twenty minutes before the recording does, so the story itself is less than 40 minutes long; its a cheesy trick to sell this as an hour plus recording of a short story. Second, the plot and storyline are so facile, its hard to believe it is written by the same people who wrote RELIC, RELIQUARY, etc. I bought this to tide me over until the next book, but there was nothing there. Nothing.
Suspenseful, but not as good as her earlier work. It feels like the author is turning Dee Dee into a shallow, hard ass, one dimensional character. Makes me care less about her, no matter how suspenseful the book.
Not really, I would have liked more developed between the sisters.
I enjoyed the voice of the psychiatrist most, she was terribly odd, which I find interesting. Her physical disorder mirrored her strange psychology, which took me back to the "Burger Man" storyline from a few years ago.
I like the author's writing, but no more Dee Dee for me. She has become boring and one dimensional. Now, Adeline would be an incredible character to follow.
Neutral. I kept waiting for something to really happen, and it never did. The Corrie Swanson character is drawn as self indulgent and never learning from her mistakes, that gets boring quickly. Pendergast is but a shadow in the background of this story, not the driving force as in others in the series.
No, because it was the weakest of the Pendergast series. All the others were more complex stories, stayed with me longer.
Yes, all of them and he is a gifted narrator. I enjoy his performance.
Yes, I could.
The story didn't have the twists that mark a Pendergast book, I missed the complexity of the previous stories.
A better story and better narration. The Cain character is interesting but not fleshed out enough, and the Maggie character is just ridiculous.
The second in the series, since I already purchased it.
maybe, but not too soon.
the story could make an interesting stage play?
I love Lisa Gardner's previous books, and this has none of the suspense, terror, or well drawn characters her previous works have. The story is disappointingly straightforward, the Maggie character as well as her narration are terrible, and there are parts that I are just soft core porn in disguise. Very disappointing all around.
Tulip :). Think Abagail was the best drawn character.
I found this narration sometimes hard to follow. The narrator didn't have enough distinction between character's voices. With so many male and female characters, it helps to have at least two different narrators, or one who can make the characters voices sound more different from one another.
Some sadness, thinking of the terrible things children suffer at the hands of adults they trust
This book was nicely balanced. I've listened to many in the series and sometimes the DD Warren character sounds too snarky and cynical. Here, I like how the author changes her ever so slightly now that she's become a Mother. And we get to know more about some of the minor recurring characters, too. Wink and a nod to the Quincy characters making cameo appearances. This author still keeps me guessing, so a delightful listen even when the subject matter is difficult. There is something about the way Gardner writes -- sometimes so honest it surprises me.
Yes, I have listened to many books by this author and been delighted with both the stories and narrators.
A bit slow at times, and overwrought at other times. Too much cynicism in the voice of the DD Warren character.
This story is so implausible and unbelievable it had me rolling my eyes. The author's other books are well written and paced, but this is just disappointing as it advances. Try any of her other books, especially
I didn't read the print edition.
Jason, for his fortitude, his depth, his ability to keep secrets. D.D. Warren, however, has started to annoy me as a character.
Not sure, but telling would mean giving away too much to a reader before s/he should know things.
This is a suspenseful and very smartly written book. I like when authors bring back characters from their earlier works, and it was done expertly here. Although if you didn't read the earlier work, that doesn't hamper your enjoyment of this story. Lisa Gardner has hit on a formula that works with great characters, and while I have grown tired of James Patterson's formulaic feeling books, each of Gardner's efforts feels fresh and interesting. This listen will keep you on the treadmill longer, entertain you on a long car trip, or make falling asleep a little difficult at night. Highly recommended.
Yes, despite the creepiness of the spiders; I actually stopped listening initially after a few minutes BECAUSE of the creepiness of the spiders. I returned since this author has not disappointed me in the past, and I'm very glad I did. Complex plot and heartbreaking to think of the little boys. Not for the feint of heart, however.
For me, this book was less about the law enforcement characters and more about real monsters in this world. I found the
REAL monsters don't hide in the dark
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