I stayed in the story the entire time. Often I lose my place or can't remember what last happened but in this story, I never forgot the story line. I listened to it not only in the car but at home.
Characters were realistic and likable. Pick it up!
Edoardo is the perfect reader. I'm listening to Berney's second book as the narrator lacks the chops to do the book justice.
I enjoyed reading this science fiction book. I normally read mysteries but was enchanted by the character adventures and of course the relationship that bloomed between the two lead female and male characters.
The premise was enticing but the over-the-top drama of the mother, Megan made it nearly unbearable. She was so ego driven and lacked empathy for others especially the her daughter who recently was returned to their family. The father was the voice of reason and the daughter wise beyond her years and the mother didn't deserve either of them. Her drama was not driven by the kidnapping or external events but her own sense of insecurity, lack of esteem and need for attention.
It wasn't a complete waste of time but I felt cheated. The only reason I continued listening because of the father and daughter's characters.
This was an amazing account of a woman's life as a child of hoarders. Her storytelling was compassionate and compelling. Normally I wouldn't read such a book as I have judgements about people who hoard. But Miller's narration drew me in from the very beginning and I couldn't stop listening. Even when I was uncomfortable and disgusted, I continued listening for what would happen next.
Berney's second book is not as developed as his first and his selection of narrator almost renders book unreadable (hard to listen to).
The return of the characters from the first book--Shake, Gina, and Jasper. They were fully developed in the first book and return with half their personality but I'm glad to see them again.
Everything. He doesn't distinguish between characters, doesn't grasp Shake's emotional tones and ruins the relationship between Gina and Shake. The characters blend together as there is little emphasis and nuances between them. Bad narrator.
It's sad to see an author's second book stray so far from his first work.
I would read another book with caution. The book's premise was complex and quite interesting. However, it just wouldn't end because there were so many twists and turns that needed concluding. A little less complication would allowed the ending to come sooner ending on a higher note but still satisfying.
The story was strong enough with adding more and more twists.
The main characters were so stupid and senseless. Even though the female character is young, her lack of experience, maturity and intellect made it almost unbearable to listen to her. Her boyfriend who is suppose to have a criminal background is why criminals get caught--not bright. Smarter main characters would have improved the story. The characters at the motel were more interesting than the two main characters.
The characters at the hotel were interesting and more savvy than one would have thought for living in the boondocks.
I listened to this while driving and every time I started the book back up I could never remember the story line. It took me a few minutes to remember what I last listened to. This should have been a sign that it was boring and I didn't care about any of the characters. I was not engaged listening to it. I'd skip this one if you're considering this book.
I enjoyed the first few hours of the story. Compelling characters and good storyline. Unfortunately the author is so preoccupied with writing & talking, the storyline becomes lost in excessive words.
The plot was too dense to finish my way through the story.
The narrator was a bit over the top but I did enjoy the unexpected yelling. It caught me off guard and made me wake up.
I'm not sure. I liked the beginning but because I stopped listening due to boredom I never got to find out who dunnit. I guess I would say if I had to listen to it again I wouldn't.
The feel of the story is intimate in an evil sort of way. You suspect that Peter is demented but you don't want it to be so. Peter's behavior, that could have been stopped, spirals past the point of return. Engaging read that went by so quickly.
The characters are fully developed and tell their individual stories as they flow together and apart. Interesting back and forth in time. A few times I lost my way but was able to catch up without missing anything.
Excellent narrator kept me coming back!
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