©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 really enjoyed this story. It is a true horror story with some very dark moments, even though you may not realize it in the first chapter or two. The horror fan in me was glad I stuck with it through the beginning until bad things started happening (it starts getting good at the 4th of July party). It was definitely worth it in the end.
My only real complaint was that the story was too long (and consequently, too slow). At 21+ hours, it is a real commitment. The last few hours are very exciting/thrilling and will definitely not disappoint you (which is always a risk when reading such a long book), but I feel like the story could have been told in about half the time. Even so, I'm definitely interested in reading other works by this author.
If you don't want tidy closings with all loose ends tied up, then you 'might' enjoy this book.
No, because I know that there are better stories and story tellers out there.
Performance was good and consistent.
I really disliked the way the author continued to repeat and rehash events over and over. It can work only if you add new information that is critical to the story line. I didn't find that to be true with this book.
The woman narrator was skilled, but at times, her acting the part of the Creole grandmother character went so far that it became almost a new language. Not a good thing in an audio book. Some of the names of gods and spells and spirits and the like were just too much coupled with that strong as can be accent. Most of her other characters were great and I liked this book a lot. Good October listen, but could have been creepier. Never really had me fearing for anyone for some reason. I just wanted to hear the tale.
Story with great characters. The narrator is the best I've encountered on an audiobook. I wish she would narrate all the books I enjoy. Nice relaxing voice with amazing acting abilities
I am a True Book Fiend.....Any suggestions?
This is my third book by Due, and I am going to say that I love her writing style. She's a very creative writer and although this story is quite long, it still holds up in interest. This is a terrific suspense boo of four generations of a family cursed by the matriarch's misuse of magic.
The Narration was spot on. Robin Miles Rocks.
This story is pretty much weighted and rooted in simple stupidity on the Grandmother’s part and that’s the only reason this book didn’t get a higher rating from me.
...I love listening!
One of my favorites.
I haven't listened to this narrator before. I liked her narration, it was very dramatic. She pulled off the accents for different characters well.
You really want to see certain characters do well and others... you want to see defeated.
The story is powerful and well-researched. I found it riveting and poetic in its foray into a spiritual realm few are allowed to enter. The characters were well developed and some seemed to be old friends and old enemies by the ending. The excellent narrator had her work cut out for her with the multiple voices required to really bring the story alive. Her accents and ability were stellar! I found the continuation of the story on past the most common endings to be very gratifying as well. I will be listening to more of this author. I highly recommend it.
Harm None, Love All
This was a killer book. I can't wait for another book to come out. About the best voodoo horror story I've read. Her writing is superb. Little things mentioned at the start play out near the end of the book. Reminds me a little bit like Stephen King. Does.Again, this was well written and structured. I highly recommend.
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