I'm only on the third chapter but not sure I'll make it through this book due to the narration. It's so awful, I stopped listening to write this review to save others from the same agony. When will authors learn it's worth whatever it costs to hire a professional narrator to read their books?! Whatever dollars they save in doing it themselves, they must surely loose in customers returning their books to Audible or never making it all the way through their book, thus never sharing the book with friends.
The narration is extremely slow with halting pauses where there should be none. It's so distracting I can hardly focus on the content. I've sped the reading up 2x the normal speed (something I've never done with any other book I've purchased on Audible. It helped with the draaaaggggging slowness but nothing can fix the gaping pauses and general tone of the narration. Authors, PLEASE hire a professional and increase the cost of your book by .50 cents or whatever is needed to cover the cost!
The main character (Lori) is beyond self-absorbed, overly-sensitive and childish. It's hard to listen to the book when you can't stand the personality of the protagonist.
The narration is about as bad as it gets. It's so robotic and flat. It's like having a robot reading to you, completely unnatural with emphasis in the wrong places and devoid of emotion. Evening speeding it up did not help. If I were the author, I would be furious to have my work ruined by such horrible narration.
The narration may be partially responsible for why I disliked Lori so much. Hearing her talk in such a robotic, unfeeling, sometimes arrogant sounding tone, just added to her already distasteful personality.
If the other books in this series were read by someone else, I would be willing to give another one a try since this is just the first in the series, but the narrator is definitely the deal breaker for me. Definitely can't listen to anymore books read by her.
The main character, our heroine, Georgiana, is beyond predictable and boring to the point of turning me off to the whole book. She repeats herself continually, whines incessantly and alternates between expecting others to care for her every need to begrudgingly attempting independence. She is also a doormat for almost everyone in her life (which get VERY old) from her friend, Belinda to her brother, to her love infatuation, Darcy, who I found to be lecherous and overall super creepy. I came to dread their encounters.
I may try one more in the series, maybe another book that's much further along in the series in hopes Georgiana loses her whining and doormat personality.
Would love to find a series that's something along these lines but with stronger, more noble characters...maybe that's hoping for too much.
I was really looking forward to this book but was disappointed and had to stop listening as I found myself becoming angrier the longer I listened. The author, who considers herself an introvert, makes it very clear throughout the book that she equates an introverted personality with high intelligence. Sooo arrogant!
The book also gets very political. If you are a liberal, you'll love this book...otherwise steer clear. Too bad the author couldn't discuss this topic without veering off into politics and liberal topics.
Most of the book is written based on conjecture and the author's own observations, very little factual or verifiable info. to be found. Author makes huge leaps, generalizing and stating conclusions with little or no evidence/facts to back them up.
She devotes one good chunk of text/time to expounding on the virtues of her husband and how lucky she is to have him. This may be true, but it's not why I purchased this book.
The whole book felt so unprofessional at times...definitely not the unbiased, neutral, factual information I had hope to find about the Introverted vs Extroverted personality.
Also, the recording is poorly done, another case where the author should have paid for a professional to read the book. You can tell where she starts and stops because suddenly her voice will be a lot louder or have a completely different tone.
Disappointing book in so many ways. I'm returning this book, so glad Audible offers this option.
Very disappointed! The author rambles and repeats the same ideas and thoughts repeatedly. This book could have been condensed down to a paragraph. I hung in there trying to make the best of it but I turned it off and deleted it from my library when the author started pushing her political views. Didn't realize I was buying a book filled with political dogma. Not at all what I had hoped for when I purchased it.
I enjoyed the book and don't regret purchasing it, but I really wished the author had spent more time telling the things he learned while in heaven and what heaven was like. The book seemed more like a super detailed description of what the author was told happened to him by relatives and doctors while he was sick and in a comma, how it effected his family and what was medically happening in his body. The books seemed like a detailed diary of a person's harrowing experience with a life threatening illness, not the insight into heaven and the afterlife I had hopped for. There's very little descriptive narrative about heaven or what you see and learn when there.
I was hoping to hear more about what he learned while in heaven and was hoping for more reassurance that we will see our past loved ones and pets. Unfortunately, the author never saw anyone he knew while there. The author expresses dismay over this but toward the very end of the book says one person he met in heaven was a sister he had never met in life. This revelation is pretty anti-climatic by the time the author shares it in the last few minutes of the book.
The author recommends prayer and meditation as a way to transcend and hopefully experience what he experienced and learned, but he never says if he has been able to reach that level again via prayer and meditation.
I do like that the book was read by the author. I think that's very important for giving the story validity.
I could handle the details of decomposition in humans and even the detailed descriptions of the embalming process. But I turned off the book and deleted it from my Audible Manager after the lengthy and repeated detailed descriptions of cruel decapitations and other horrible tests done to animals. It's one thing to hear about the way a cadaver (who when alive willed their body to science) is used to test the effects of a car crash, but way too upsetting to hear about innocent animals being decapitated and having other animals heads sewn on and kept alive to see how their brains worked. Way too disturbing. Wish I had not downloaded this one and wish I could press a button and erase it from my memory. Where are the "men in black" when you need them? Wish there was a way to click and read all the 1 star reviews before buying a book...the way you can on Amazon. Maybe there is and I'm just missing it.
Ray Porter was the perfect choice as the narrator of this book. He doesn't just read the book, he "acts" the book and it's a great performance. Ghost in the Wires is a great ride...sorry to see it end.
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