I probably will, because I'm a bit of a Peter Wickham fan, and bought the book solely because he narrated it, with little regard to the author, who I'..Show More »d never heard of before. I enjoyed the book, and will read others by Tim Weaver.
The book premise is a bit kooky, but in an interesting way, and though the ending wasn't shocking, it was very satisfying.
I chose this book because of a much later book of Tim Weaver's that I liked. OMG! This narrator is like a fingernail on a chalkboard. No! Wait! Mo..Show More »re annoying. In fact, I've never been irritated by a narrator like this before. Hard to tell if I might've liked the book if it had been narrated better. Maybe. As it is, I'm not sure I'll try another Tim Weaver book. Definitely do NOT recommend.
This audiobook surprised me. Having listened to it for an hour or so (it's 14 hours long), I was about to give up; even the narrator seemed uninspired..Show More » by the slow-developing story. I guess my mind wondered a few minutes because I was suddenly startled by something from the audiobook -- "wait, wait, what did he just say?!" -- as I quickly backed it up a few minutes and listened again. And then it was on: a very good mystery, a quite likable main character, and a terrific evil villain. Don't give up on this audiobook; it will soon leave you on the edge of your seat and you'll not want it to end. Patience really is a virtue in this well-written mystery.
Solid. Good story. Kept me guessing. Took a while to figure out how it would end. Author worked hard at keeping the ending from falling flat as so man..Show More »y books do. He succeeded. Narrator might seem off putting at first. But hang in there are the voice grows on you until it feels familiar.
This one could have done with more storytelling and less explaining.
Part of what made “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series such c..Show More »ompelling novels was that the main character, through his actions, told the story. That is, we the readers discovered the story along with the character. In “Never Coming Back,” the main character, David, doesn’t do much worthwhile discovering on his own.
Just as in the “Dragon Tattoo” there is a photograph and a missing person – well, a whole family, actually – and a distant family member comes to our investigator and says find ‘em. Unlike in the “Dragon Tattoo,” our investigator doesn’t follow one clue to the next and the next. He argues with his partner, he fights with witnesses and suspects, and he doesn’t follow-up on significant leads. Ultimately our investigator follows one corpse to the next and the next, and this high body count does not bode well for our missing family!
The Big Reveal isn’t learned through independent action on the part of our investigator, but instead is explained to us via exposition from a character on an iffy cell phone connection. I suppose the author intended the dropped words to build suspense. Instead it was tiresome and frustrating. And the last solid 30 minutes of the book is nothing but exposition, the Bad Guy sitting with David explaining why he went along with certain schemes and did what he did.
All in all “Never Coming Back” is not the best book for fans of mysteries and thrillers. Perhaps someone less familiar with the genre would find this book enjoyable. I found it somewhat uninspired.
David Bauckham overall wasn’t awful to listen to, but his American accents? Pretty awful to listen to!