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Once I pay for a book, I try to finish it. Some books—very few—I’ve fast-forwarded to the end just to know the outcome because I couldn’t, just couldn’t make it through another moment of listening to the book. Life is too short, even when money has been wasted unknowingly. Well, I was dying to listen to this book based on the reviews. And I couldn’t be more disappointed. I might not believe any more reviews on Amazon. Ever! I stopped listening after about an hour-and-a-half into the second portion, leaving unlistened more than 3 hours.
This book was so amateurish and juvenile. And too much drama was misused to try to add intrigue, atmosphere, and interest and combat the immature nature of this novel. It didn’t work at all. It just added to the reasons to dislike this book. I’ve listened to worse books but not many. This book isn’t bad; it’s just not good. The narrator had a lot of voices to make, and she did okay with them. I didn’t like her take on all of the voices, but overall, her work was okay. Her voice added to the immature sound of the main female character, Elin. And the overly-dramatic nature of the writing was heightened by the dramatic take of the narrator, which was unappealing. Finally, there was a voice of a troll or something that was utterly laughable, but I think she did her very best. I think it would be a hard voice to do for any female narrator without it being funny. And the so-called sex scenes may as well have been left out. They added nothing, since they were too brief, lacked detail, and, once again, seemed to be written by a 12-year-old who has never had sex but wrote them based on immature and ignorant fantasies. My distaste of this book is great enough that I will never try this author again. The risk is too great.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was awful. I've tried 3 times to get into it, but the plot is so trite, and the characterization so shallow, there is just no way I can listen to any more.