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Rebecca

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  • Sleepless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    The world is in the grip of an epidemic of sleeplessness and one man will risk everything to find out what caused it. In his signature style of fast-paced action, outrageous violence, and graphically described scenes, we are tossed into a dramatic turbulence unlike anything you've ever read or heard.

    Pamela says: "an intriguing plot"
    "Too much internal/external talk, not enough plot"
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    What would have made Sleepless better?

    With such a fascinating premise, I'd hoped this would be a plot-driven novel. Instead, the author seemed too focused on his protagonist, Parker Haas, in particular--and I thought there was far too much dialogue, which perhaps was in the service of further fleshing out the inner conflicts of that main character. I get it, that Haas felt conflicted, but the disease, the political situation, and the societal impact, in my opinion, was so much more fascinating.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably "The Accident", by Chris Pavone.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There wasn't enough difference between their voices, in my opinion. But I didn't really have a problem with the narration or the production, it's just that the book was not to my taste.


    What character would you cut from Sleepless?

    Not sure any one character needed to be cut so much as there was too much dialogue and not enough plot progress--for my taste, though maybe this novel is more literary than what I personally wanted, in that I guess the author's goal was too explore character more than plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually hope this book will be made into a movie because I would love to see this premise explored in a plot-driven manner. I apologize to the author for writing a negative review--I know how hard it is to write novels, and I can tell from the prose that he worked hard on this and that he's a great writer, it just wasn't my type of read.

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