I found this collection of stories to be both mismatched and bizarre, and enjoyed them thoroughly. If you are looking for Chicken Soup for your Soul ... look elsewhere. If you are looking for a strange collection of short stories that will make think about them hours after listening, then this is for you.
... but I must confess that I found his story and narration quite enjoyable. I thought I would be in for a book of Charlie Sheen gossip, but it was a very entertaining story of his life and I have a new respect for him.
His story telling was quite good and it very quickly separated him from his Alan Harper persona that I have grown to despise. Well worth the listen.
Jon, I take back all the nasty things I once said about you.
This novel popped up as an Audible recommendation and I decided to toss it into my library a few months ago. Finally got around to listening and was quite surprised. It was a really good listen.
The setting combined with the narration was fantastic. The flashback and forward structure worked really well and the found the narrator did a great job and pulling me into the story.
This is much more than the typical murder mystery and I really can't say anything bad about this title. I look forward to starting another novel by Peter May and hope the next novel in this series arrives soon.
I audited this novel based on the high ratings it had. I couldn't be more disappointed.
This novel flopped back and forth between corny predictability and nonsensical. The leaps of logic made by the characters was so far out as to be stupid and this book was nothing more than a BARELY mediocre 'horror' story.
It was all I could do to let the story finish. I wish I could have those hours of my life back.
Can't say too much that is bad about this book, but be prepared to venture off into even more nooks and crannies as the authors world continues to grow.
The narrator had a bit too much time off and it took a bit to get used to the change is some pronunciation and he has changed a few of the voices - one you adjust though - he does a nice job of bringing the story to life.
Not my usually genre, but I was hooked by the HBO series and decided not to wait for season three. I have found this to be a spectacular listen.
The narration is first rate and does a great job of giving the primary characters their own distinct voices.
The story is a roller coaster of ups and downs - so much so, that I almost stopped mid-way in surprised disgust at some of the turns it takes .... but alas I could not stop and I continued until the end ... and I look forward to beginning book 4 when I finish writing this review.
After enjoying the first block of novels in the series read by Mark Hammer ... this was a disappointment.
The pronunciations, the patterning, the loss of the characters voices really spoiled this book for me.
In the introduction, the author himself warns you not to read the book ... I should have taken his advice.
While the narrator does his usual bang up job, the story is quite convoluted and absurd.
Literary techniques like fore-shadowing are used at almost every cut scene - and quite poorly. It also seemed like during the writing of the novel he may have felt like it needed to be longer, so situational descriptions are agonizingly long and repetitive. In the final quarter of the book, plot points and hooks are actually spelled out in such step by step, ridiculous detail that the author obviously assumed his readers must be border-line retarded.
I finished the novel, but wish it would have been over in half the time. Mr. Coben owes me a good five or six hours of my life back.
The last quarter of this book should be removed and have an entirely new ending put in its place. When I finished listening to this book, I actually said outloud. That ending was f*%ing stupid.
Unfortunately, if you have worked your way through books one and two in this series, book three is required if you want to put and end to the story ... but it was really not at par with the first novel.
This novel is typical Vonnegut and requires that you think ... but not too much throughout. If you over think it, you won't understand it ... but if you are expecting to be spoon fed a a story with all the plot lines hilighted for simplicity, then this is certainly not for you.
The narrator gives you the feeling of sitting down around a fire and listening to your grandfather tell a tale of days long past. I actually quite enjoyed it.
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