Night after night, Evan walked along the desolate beach, grieving over the loss of his own son, drowned in an accident more than a year before. Then one night he was drawn to the luminous sound of a beautiful, naked woman singing near the shore in the moonlight. He watched mesmerized as the mysterious woman disappeared into the sea. Driven by desire and temptation, Evan returned to the spot every night until he found her again. Now he has begun a bizarre, otherworldly affair. A deadly affair. For Evan will soon realize that his seductive lover is a being far more evil...and more terrifying...than he ever imagined. he will learn the danger of falling into the clutches of the Siren.
©2010 John Everson (P)2011 Audio Realms, Inc.
Yes, it is not a bad story if you like stories that delve into myths and legends, which I do, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. It was not a horror book so much as a mixture of a couple different things, ancient myths, the modern day, mystery, some action and drama. The story was not bad until the end. I did not like the way it ended thus the headline.
Bill, he was the funny one and sarcastic and added some lightheartedness to it that I felt made the book more fun to listen to.
Yes because if you don't you will miss some important things as there are two time lines in the story but it is done in a way that does not make it confusing. At first you are a little, but then it dawns on you quickly that there are two different stories being told and what ties the stories together.
I didn't think the narrators was too bad. I have heard a lot worse. Her voice is soothing and relaxing and as she goes on telling the story she becomes more animated. She does the voices rather well. It is a pretty good story, the plot was not full of holes or was so confusing that you couldn't understand it without using Cliffnotes. There are some things that are typical but maybe not in the way you think of. Hence the headline comment. The main character behaved in a typical fashion for most of the book but he did break out of the type a couple of times. Wish it had a bett4er ending but I can see where that could have been more difficult to do.
If the author had any concept of how to plot a story. A concrete beginning, middle, and ending (preferably a comprehensible one with a main character who makes absolutely 100% implausible decision at the books conclusion) would've been nice. The narrator was all wrong as well since the story focuses predominantly on a male character.
No, if only because I'm still not at all certain how this ever got published.
She has zero emotional inflection relative to the characters when performing dialogue and I'm honestly not sure a female narrator made sense as the main character was male.
Probably at least half the sex scenes as they added nothing but word count to the story.
This story was an absolute mess. It was an interesting premise that was extremely poorly executed.
Yes. I would listen to this book again. I read some of the reviews that blasted the narrator, but I thought she did a good job transitioning between the different characters in the book. It is always nice to have different narrators so you can tell between the different gender characters in the book, but Lyssa Graham did a great job making me believe she was each different characters. Every book isn't for every person. The Siren works for me.
Yes. Lyssa Graham did a great job making me believe she was each different characters in the book.
Yes. I listend to it at work and on my way to work.
I would advise against using a credit for this book... it seemed interesting on the face of it, but the story dragged along, there were a couple bright spots, but overall it's quite sleepy.
From a narration perspective: Just as a personal preference, I actually like more of a performance style reading where genders are represented by male/female voice actors... it could have helped... a little. In general, the narration was monotone and uninteresting... even the racy scenes were delivered without emotion, hard to get into the book this way.
From a story perspective: The story was very one dimensional, no large scale plot twists or other diversions. I understand that the primary motivation of the main character is grief and depression over the loss of an only child, but the linear fashion of the story make the result very predictable. The interaction with the best friend (who functions in the story simultaneously as the "wise and knowledgeable" subject matter expert on all things Siren, as well as the comic relief) falls flat on it's face, it's like trying to make Yoda a surfer (which would have been more entertaining, I'm telling you!). The story has a bit of gratuitous sex, which I have no problem with, but as I said, it was delivered poorly by the narrator, so even that seemed dull.
Overall, save your credit... If you like supernatural horror-ish stories, try Richard Matheson's Hell House, I've seen that a lot of reviewers do not like that particular book, but it's leaps and bounds ahead of this.
I am getting a bit picky with the narrators lately, but with the expense of the audiobooks--they add up and I love audliobooks in general--I really wish the narrators would be chosen more carefully.
The narrator of this book read in a monotone the whole time. It was nice to listen to it at night when I wanted to sleep because it was soothing, but did not make it easy to follow the story.
She enunciated clearly and her voice was pitched low enough to not be squeaky, actually a very pleasant voice, but was just too too sleep-inducing.
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