I have loved the PBS Wallander series and eagerly anticipated starting from the beginning to learn more about Wallander. While the story was intriguing, the narrator was so off putting that I had a hard time continuing to listen to it. His monotone recitations were sleep inducing (not a good thing when listening while driving) and his inflections never changed no matter what was happening to the plot. There was little difference in the character voices and his female voice was downright disparaging. Although I have other Wallander books on my 'wish list' I doubt I'll get them based on what I foound to be horrible narration. I'd rather 'read' them. Very disappointing.
When I complained about this book to my sister, who had already read it, she said, "Stay with it, you'll love it." Well I did and I didn't. I kept waiting for it to get better, but the characters were totally unlikeable (and not in a good way) . I did really like the narrator, particularly when he said, "Serrrge" which sort of told me what he thought of Serge, too!
The subject matter (near end of WWII) is not a fun plot, but the sensitivity and compassion shown in Chris Bohjalian's accounting is memorable. The charcters all had three dimensions and were memorable, no matter how small their parts. The trek accross Germany by the central family was arduous but brought out the strengths and yes, some of the weaknesses they embodied. Uri was the quintiesstial survivor,& the love story between Collum and Anna rang touchingly true. Mutti was the Mother Courage of the group. The story of the Jewish girls being marched from one camp to another was brutal, but leant a realism and a contrast to all the refugees fleeing. I loved this book. I have 'read' Double Bind by this author (which was very different but nonetheless compelling) and look forward to listening to his other ones. The book was finely crafted and extremely well written.....This guy really knows how to write!
I loved the first Cormoran Strike mystery and eagerly looked forward to this one. It failed totally. Gone was the endearingm fkaw-filled hero and in came the most grizzly descriptions I've encountered of late. The death scene was overdrawn, word-painted for effect and so disturbing, Likewise, the reading of the manuscript bordered on the obscene and did nothing to enhance the story. I finally had to just stop lietening to it. I've loved her writings up until this book and I'm afraid I will be very leery of trying another Cormoran Strike book. I am so disappointed.
In spite of the wonderful reviews this book seemed to get from everyone, I found it fair to middling at best. There were too many characters and stories and that just muddied up what could have been a good story, but I'm not sure which of the stories was the good one! ....and Richard Burton? PLEASE. I did finish it because I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did.
Such a wonderfully constructed novel. It wasn't until the end that I realized that the testimony between Andy and Loguidice did not refer to Jacob, but was the testimony at the end concerning what his wife did. Also, other things were not spelled out comlpletely adding to the spine tingling 'creepiness...such as Andy and Laura hearing a cat screaming and not even beginning to understand what might be going on. This was better than having an explanation the next day. Jacob's actions were so consistent with the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorderand yet no one picked up on it, including the psychologist . Andy's blind spot for his son was tragic, particularly as he could NEVER come to grips with it. Laura's conflict of loving her son but feeling that he might be guilty was a terrible conflict fo her until the end she could see no other choice. The psyschological implications and symtpoms were superb. One of the best books I've listened to.
There were really three books in this one book....and none of them had any real effect on the other. There was the 'romance' part, there was the 'ghost part, and there was the little girl with the pony part. And they flipped back and forth so it was hard to hold a thought.
The writing was ponderous and at times pretentious and rather than move the plot along, it slogged, and slogged. The use of similies became overpowering and useless....again, dragging the plot down. I think I kept reading it hoping it would turn out better, but it never did and at the end it was so bad, it was almost good in its badness.
I'm looking forward to Beautiful Ruins
Oh dear.....which ones? The pony perhaps? None of the characters were at all likeable, but not so unlikeable that they were interesting
I think I've said it all.
She had a somewhat annoying voice and her delivery didn't add to the story at all.
Disappointment. There had been lots of press hype on this book, so i was looking forward to it. The story was quite disjointed and the frequent time shifts didn't help that at all. I kept waiting for background information on the characters, the ship, etc., but all I got were a lot of dangling ends that never got tied up....one or two of those are OK, but a long series of them left me "at sea". I never really developed an affinity to any of the people on the life boat.....they were so one dimensional and I really didn't care who went overboard when. It could have been a fantastic story, but as it was it was just mediocre.
I'm a long time fan of both Harln Coben and Scott Brick, but I had to check the web site again to check on the narrator (thought I had been mistaken). This was not up to his usual skills in narration....so much of the time he read in a breathy style that really began to get on my nerves. What changed? Actually, as the story gained more momentum and suspense, I was bothered less by the narration. The story was good (although a little confusing at first until I got everyone straight) anf then it got better and better. What a VAST improvement over his last Myron Bolitar story, which left me quite angry at him! A pretty good 'sit-longer in-the-parking-lot, drive-around -the-block-twice thriller
This is my favorite 'classic' and I have read it many times, but hearing it in this recording made the characters really come to life. One could almost smell the Seine and hear the cacophony of sounds coming from the Arcade.
I don't think any of the characters were particularly likeable, but all were full blown, flawed human beings and as such were interesting and tragic.
Kate's reading of this conveyed her love for the novel and her various intonations, rhythm and emotion for the words and the story really brought it to life. She really drew me in to the story and made me feel a part of the novel. She truly breathed life into these tragic characters.
This is one of best read books I have bought from Audible. I can't wait to listen to it again.
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