©2003 Tananarive Due; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum....[Due is] a writer who grows better with each book." (Publishers Weekly)
I do not normally care for horror stories, but this one popped up on the daily deal and I will listen to Robin Miles read a grocery list, so I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The story was complex but not overly so. The characters were likable but flawed enough to be realistic. I could even relate to the antagonists, which I prefer to having a bad guy that's evil for no reason. The only problem I had was with the ending. *****MINOR SPOILER AHEAD***** The ending was mega-super-happy, when the entire tone of the book up until then suggested a more tragic resolution. *****END MINOR SPOILER *******
The narration, of course, was top notch. I LOVE Robin Miles' voice! She is able to handle multiple accents, multiple ages, and has no trouble with male voices, up to and including teenage boys.
Entrancing story of redemption and love. I was hooked from the beginning until the very end. Never a dull moment never a dull voice. The narration was superb!! She had every voice down and distinct. I could tell immediately which of the MANY characters was speaking. Wow is she talented. Will definitely read or listen to more by Tananarive Due and more read by the narrator!!
Could have been condensed. It was a long book. The first 2 hours were intriguing with a sad start but the middle 16.5 hours seemed to last an eternity, and at last (finally) toward the conclusion things were interesting again.
She did a fine job, a couple mispronunciations of WA state names but I did like her voice.
No need for a follow-up.
Was not what I expected but a good read. No more details or spoilers, not predictable but I really enjoyed the story and narration.i highly recommend this if you like a book that is well written and not predictable. Who said Voodoo, not me :0)
What an intense story about family history,voodoo & curses.The narrator Robin Miles really did a wonderful job creating each character & giving them individuality.A family with a long history in voodoo magic was torn apart when one"Marie"decided to use her families gift for revenge & called apon the Bacah(a demon)who used the family & any one close to them to destroy everything in it's path.Marie decided it best to keep the new generation of her family in the dark of the families voodoo magic in hopes of burying the curse & it worked for a while,until the youngest member of the family(Corey)woke up the Bacah after finding his grandmother Marie's voodoo Journal,all Hell(literally)broke loose then.A struggle then ensued to send the Bacah back to Hell so as not to have any one else killed by it's hatred. Read this book if you love the paranormal,it was enthralling to
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
Most likely not. I felt unsatisfied by the ending, too much build up and not enough closure. Flat characters and predictable storyline with something too familiar about the plot to shake off. It had a "been there, done that" element and truth be told, I my opinion, its been done better. It left me wanting, and not in a good way.
The flashbacks in time, to the original Mambo and Grandmother were always much more interesting to me than the modern day descendants and their modern lives. The main characters were flat and predictable. The towns people come off odd and quirky even before they are subjected to the strange events that plague them.
Her character narration is top notch, lending her voice to the characters and breathing life into them that makes them very colorful and vibrant in a way the book may not have been able to achieve. Very talented.
Not really, very few moments of chills and thrills worthy of a blockbuster movie. Many of the characters, including Angie, are pretty flat and predictable.I just don't see Hollywood taking an interest in a plot that's been done before and characters that we've all met once. Just not enough here.
I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!
Great intense thoughtful story. So well written (like how "real people" would talk) and the detail, the description, the feeling you get from the story is amazing.
Have to give massive props to the narrator who performed more than 10 voices to this story! Super impressive; really aids story telling and enables the "reader" to follow along. Such a tough undertaking, especially with accents, in addition to having great acting ability. Super kudos to Robin!
It took too long to develop and I nearly gave up several times. The meat of the story wasn't as compelling as I had hoped. I think the story could have been better if it were condensed.
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