So this is in fact my first Harlan Coben novel, I totally see why he said to put it back if you haven't read anything else of his. I definitely felt a twinge of embarrassment for him with some of the writing. EVERYONE in the story is too gorgeous for words, some of the characters are a bit over-characterized. BUT...it was a good story with a couple of good twists at the end, if still just a bit implausible, but it's fiction right? If you can stand that it almost seems like young adult fiction (not all the way but close) then you'll be able to enjoy this book.
The narrator on the other hand almost sunk this whole ship! He is overly dramatic and everyone seems like they are in constant agony the way he reads it! It's not the worst ever but I wonder if a different reader would have made me give it another star.
Overall, this is a good "filler" audio for when you want to pick something up that's a good length and not too expensive until your credits renew.
I tend to like my audio-books to be longer so there is more in-depth detail and development but this was an enjoyable book with characters that are likable and easy to picture. I can only imagine how good it would have been with a few hundred more pages to dig into. It's not an over complicated story and even a bit simple but it's sweet and will make you smile often if not a true LOL.
One reviewer wrote "A book where nothing happens". That about sums it up. I tend to enjoy books that follow a group of people through everyday life and tells their story. I guess those are basically books where nothing happens so I took a chance on this one. Ughhh......no really, NOTHING happens in this book. I mean something happens but it doesn't mean anything. There is no point. Where other books take the nothing and make you care, make you connect and relate. This book was just so blah. I was really shocked that I didn't like it but I just plain didn't. Even with it's semi-provocative main story line it's a bore overall. Not worth a credit.
I could not get into this book at all! It is one of those rare instances when I really think a movie will be better than the book (it's supposedly optioned for a movie). It was hard to grasp the concepts, it was all sooooo futuristic that I really couldn't connect.......
Also, while this genre does tend to be very sexual for some reason, it was too much.... gratuitous, and I'm not real prudish about that sort of thing......Just not a book I care for. But I will see the movie, I think the story is pretty alright.
This book was enjoyable enough to listen too. There are definitely lots of plot twists and turns and the flash backs are good for breaking up monotony. The Alaskan setting is refreshing. I've never read anything based there (except for "snow" stories).I realize that this is a book somewhere in the middle of a series so it's kind of written from the standpoint that you and the characters are familiar with each other. You do not have to have read the others to understand this book though. It's like jumping into an ongoing series on TV like CSI or Law & Order SVU, it's interesting, you think you like it, but you gotta watch more to really grab all the nuances of the stories and characters. You also start to like all of it so much more once you and the characters are acquainted. I think the same will happen with this series. Good enough as a stand alone book, I suspect really, really great as a series.
As for the narrator, she was good, but more than a few times it's like she's reading and she doesn't realize that the sentence is continuing so there's this awkward pause a second or two too long and then she continues. Other than that, she does a good job.
There are a handful of writers that I always purchase their books first, and then read the descriptions after cause it's a given that a). I'm going to buy it. And B) that'll it'll be well done.Tana French is fast becoming one of those authors on my list. I can't say that I liked this story better than The Likeness cause I really enjoyed The Likeness but I definitely didn't like this book any less.
Great character development, great story. I felt like I was with Frank's family in faithful place, like I was a fly on the wall. I will say I kinda guessed the outcome about 2/3 of the way through but that did not diminish how much I enjoyed it.. Worth the time, worth the credit. Worth your money!
The author set up the main character Jessica quite well and before the story really began, you're able to have a vivid picture of Jessica and her family, her town, etc. I was enthralled with this book for the first half: the tragedy, the love triangle, the heartbreak, all so captivating. Then it kinda went off in all different directions. No more romance, family is out of the picture. Is it a story about Australian civil rights? Her building a new life....... I dunno. I see this is based on a true story and I think the real Jessica must have been a pretty unique individual with a great life story and I can understand the desire to shove all her amazing experiences into the story, but it made me connect with the story a lot less than I would have otherwise. with that said, I still did enjoy it and I think it's worth a credit or purchase. Just don't get too attached to what you think it's going to be about in the beginning.
At first I wasn't too sure about this book. It just kind of starts in the middle and I guess you've either read the authors other books on time travel to understand her terminology or you have to do what I did and just put up with the confusion until it starts to make sense a little later in the story. The story is interesting well plotted and kept my attention once I got past the beginning. I immediately downloaded the sequel. What I loved best about this audio was the reader! Her portrayal of the characters was so spot on and brilliant. Especially the bratty kids. Perfection!
I am a HUGE Ken Follet fan. The first book I read of his was Whiteout and I loved it so much that when Oprah had POTE as a book club selection I bought it despite the seemingly dull subject of monks and nuns. I've been a fan ever since. I really wanted to love Fall of Giants as much as his two previous sweeping sagas and while I did enjoy it, it's just not as good. There are parts that are so bogged down with war detail that you really, really lose interest. There were long sections where I just wanted to get back to the characters, not hear more of a history lesson (and I do enjoy history). With POTE and WWOE I couldn't stop listening. With this book, I kept listening so I could get past the dull stuff and back to the characters. There were multiple times where I zoned out. That NEVER happened with the two aforementioned reads. BUT, there are parts where the characters come in that are VERY good. And that is why I put up with the rest. The good parts are so well done, engaging and captivating that you forget that you almost wanted to throw your iphone across the park a few minutes earlier. There are a LOT of characters to remember but I could easily see why and how their children will be the basis for the next novel. Since this is a planned trilogy I think the author set it up very well. I am definitely recommending this book but just know that you most likely won't have that same can't put it down reaction to it as you may have with his others. I will however be looking forward to the next installment, I gotta see what happens next!
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