Now, this is not the worst audible book I have ever listened to, but close. (That honor goes to Harlan Coben's first book). I know this because I listened until the very end, but couldn't wait for it to be over. The story is about a kidnapped girl and her (spoiler) return to her mom. I hated the book for a number of reasons, but the biggest issue I had was the reliance hardened scientists placed in Clair Voyant the unbelievably insightful and magical visionary who was able to see things that only the perpetrator could have seen. I only listened to the book until the end hoping against hope that this would prove to be the case. (spoiler) Alas, she wasn't: she actually could see the color of the room where the child was being held hostage. If only Sylvia Brown (a "real life" psychic) were so successful and could have seen that the kidnapped girls she saw on the other side, was, in fact, alive and miserable in a basement.
Other gems: twins are involved and not in a pleasing way. The FBI almost screws everything up, but the day is saved by the insights of a private contractor that only a rich judge could trust. Mafiosi do terrible things, but only to fill in pages and pages of distraction: how do you like your herring? Red. And the leaps of deduction the heroes made to discover the villain defy logic and apparently the author's skill. Some one stepped on the needle in the haystack and then pretended that all the arrows pointed there to anyone who cared to see them.
The book seems to be well-liked by many. This is my effort to direct your attention to other more worthy titles.
Not a fan of this reader, Mikael Naramore. Perhaps it was lack of direction, but he can't seem to nail the tone of any of the dialogue. Every declaration sounds as if someone is responding to the question, "did you rape that child?" with anger and indignation and astonishment where one was expecting calm and submission. Likewise his voices all sound like they're trying to overcome laryngeal cancer or that he's wearing a clothes pin on his nose. I will avoid books read by him in the future.
I confess to being completely baffled by the first few chapters of the book: maybe I hadn't read the flyleaf or maybe I'm just dumb. But when I figured out that the City and the City occupy the same geographical space and how and what it meant to breach, I was captivated. The idea of two interlaced and superposed solitudes blew me away, and to tie a murder mystery into the mix absolutely brilliant. I would read this book again and I've recommended the author to many, and so I'm doing it to you too.
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