I had high hopes for this book, as I read a lot of historical mysteries, but I found it extremely slow and boring and the narration was ridiculously melodramatic. It was a struggle to get through it.
I loved the Historian and I was excited for Kostova's second book, but I hated this story! It's too long, incredibly boring and I really dissliked most of the characters who were uniformly obsessive, needy and self-absorbed. On top of all of that, Treat Williams is a really dull narrator, although maybe he's just a good actor, because his performance fit this novel perfectly!
This book is amazing in its scope, detail and complexity. It is also beautifully and intelligently written and researched. Carey's alternate world is detailed and believable, with clear parallels to our world. Anne Flosnik also does a fantastic job of narrating it. While it has sexual content of the more adventurous variety and is clearly not a book for those uptight about sexuality, the sex is never gratutious. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fanstasy, or just good literature.
While by no means high literature, this is a really fun book. It's witty and outrageous and will make you laugh out loud. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.
The story was good, not Stephen King's best but good nonetheless. However, the narrator was pretty awful. I'm not sure where the deep south and California skater dude accents came from as the book takes place in Maine. His few attempts at genuine Maine accents are pretty lame. He also does a poor job job of maintaining characters' voices in various scenes.
Also, despite several reviews from very confused readers who though the story line was right-wing and were surprised to see sex and profanity in a Stephen King book, the book has a clearly leftist bent and no more sex or profanity than other King books.
This story kept my interest, although I wouldn't say it was good. At times it bordered on ridiculous, but it was mostly enjoyable. The reader was the big problem. His voices were awful - either overly pompous, overly dramatic or they just sound plain crazy. He is particularly bad at reading women. Evelyn sounded like a drag queen and Sally like a creepy midwestern lunatic. Probably better to read this one in hard copy.
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