Hurwitz wrote a winner with this one. I couldn't figure it out at all and was intrigued the entire time. There is no down time, it's fast paced and full of suspense. Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating it.
NIGHT FILM begins fast paced and intriguing. It stays that way but about halfway through I noticed that the action was decreasing as the protagonists thoughts and philosophy were focused on more. Two thirds of the way through the book I began fast forwarding and didn't miss a thing except more of the protagonist's dramatic monologue.
By the time I reached the end of the book I kept waiting for a twist for something to lift up the story and create a compelling climax and satisfying end. It was painful right up to the last minute because that never happens.
Pessel is a promising writer. Once she figures out how not to get lost in her own story she'll produce a robust story from beginning to end.
I was completely engrossed in this story, so much so, I hurriedly went online as soon as it ended and purchased the next in the series, only to discover that I wasn't ever going to find out how Pendergast escaped and I didn't remember who had different colored eyes so there was no help there. I was so disappointed after starting the next book and discovering I was never going to know, I came back online and reduce my rating of the story from five down to one. If Pendergast weren't the mail protagonist maybe it wouldn't matter but in this story it matter. I am very disappointed that the book didn't develop a complete conclusion.
I've listened to a few novels byJD Robb recently. I think I'm done listening to her because there's nothing remotely interesting about the protagonist and her husband having sex every day in every way with each encounter detailed to the point that I finally figured out I could fast forward and save myself the exasperation of wondering why the reading had to know every touch, every kiss, every groan, every orgasm, in every way possible. Really? All Roark has to do it touch Eve and she has an orgasm that leaves her shakking but not finished. I mean shouldn't he have to do something besides lay his hand on her?
Eve being abused as a child doesn't give her carte blanch to be caustic and rude to everyone around her, even her friends and husband. The story lines are shallow and the plot needs more development. There are some interesting moments but Robb needs to use the sex spaces to develop more intrigue and deeper writing.
I would have given this book five stars. I am generous with stars because really good listens are hard to find. However, Ms. Brown seems to think that describing sex acts between the characters in long, drawn out detail to the point that I started fast forwarding and had to do that several time to get past the entire scene, is erotic. It's not erotic, it's distracting to the storyline, unnecessary, and maddening to wait for the action to begin again. I don't care exactly how he touched her nipple with what fingers in the midst of her gasp, etc. etc. etc. It's a distraction, especially since there are many sex acts in the book, between the same two people. Dick Hill learned how to make his female characters sound real instead of brain dead twelve years old and that's a big improvement and welcomed.
The first few paragraphs are interesting. It goes downhill from there. After forty-five minutes of listening I couldn't take it anymore. It's a long narrative about what the protagonist is and isn't doing. Save your credit. The narrator was pretty good.
This book was very engaging. I enjoyed it throughout and never got bored. It was one of those books where I'm really happy that I picked a book that is both long and interesting. The narrator is excellent. Ms. Due weaves back and forth in time and never confuses the listener. It flows smoothly and stays intriguing. I recommend it.
This narrator was so horrible, no really, horrible, that I couldn't even determine if the book was a good book. I like Jeffrey Deaver books so thought I would like this one. I could not get past the narrator who sounded like a large twelve year old on speed and used the same voice for everyone. I tried. No one should use this narrator for a book.
I had to slow the recorder down in order to listen to the book at all. Even slowing it down didn't change the voice, which was a terrible narration voice and didn't change between characters. The good news is that the story is so intriguing and there's so much suspense that I listened to the entire book in spite of the narrator. I would have given this book a five based on the story, how tightly written it is with no drag time, except for the narrator and that the book leave the listener dangling, which I didn't appreciate. I had to come back to Audible to download the second book in this series just to find out what happens.
If this story had been billed as a drama it would have gotten a five star rating but as a mystery, although well written, it drags on and too much time is spent in the past.
This is the first book I've listened to in a long time where the narration is flawless! For a change I wasn't distracted either by trying to figure out whom was saying what or just being annoyed at the narrator's interpretation of a voice. Dick Hill is a very good narrator but his readings of women's voices make me crazy. They're all the same and that voice makes every woman sound a bit daft to say the least.
This book kept my attention the entire time and is the kind of book that made me find things to do so I could listen to it.
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