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Pamela

TERREBONNE, OR, United States
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The Great Influenza audiobook cover art

Decent, if a bit pedantic. Overly-emphatic reading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-11

Imagine Captain Kirk reading a history book written in the 1950's and you'll get a good idea of what this reading sounds like. Scott Brick is usually a very good reader, I have no idea why he decided to make this book sound so overbearing and massively dramatic. Maybe he felt the story was boring and needed some punch? Whatever his reasons, listening to it made my ears tired and had me wishing for sweet silence after just a few chapters.

The book itself could have used a good editor. There's plenty of incredible information here, and some amazing history that was never taught in schools (but should be), but it seems padded with plenty of fluff and some irritating repetition.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Four Last Things audiobook cover art

Well Read - I just didn't like the book.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-07

I'm not a squeamish person, I like blood and gore in the right setting (for instance, one of my favorite movies is Pulp Fiction), but this story of child abduction and molestation just was not enjoyable in any way.

I have read other books with similar settings, and they treated the situation in a way that made it suspenseful without being ugly. For some reason, this book was ugly.

None of the characters were very likeable. The child was nice, but never really fleshed out enough. All the other characters, even the protagonists, were just cardboard cutouts.

The writer tried to give each a complex personality, but their failings made them look not more human, but simply stupid, selfish and ignorant.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful