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It takes a rare talent to do what has been done here. This book contains concepts of torture and sadism that might well make you lose your breakfast to think about...were it not that they are sorrounded by the warm humour and fast wit that is unique to Spider Robinson. Even a book like this, remenicscent of Dean Koonz and Stephen King, he can turn into a feel-good experience. And don't fool yourself, early on, that you can predict the plot....you won't!!!
Surprisingly, the author is a very good reader, one of the better ones I have heard and it was a pleasure to listen to him. The story takes place in and around Vancouver both in the city and surrounding countryside. Descriptions of people and places are vivid and often humorous - the protagonist/narrator has a wry outlook on life that sometimes made me laugh out loud (not easy to get me to laugh during my commute). The characters are rich and interesting, often quirky and always satisfying. The beginning of this book is great. The ending is not as good as the beginning but it is good. The middle of the book just never happened and it's very frustrating to go from "Wow, I can't wait to hear what's next" to "whoa - it's over!?" so fast. The author is very skilled at building suspense but just when he had me eager to hear what's next he turned around and went off on a tangent about other people and prior times. These tangents are often charming and well written but they cover characters not central to the plot, happen too often and eat up the pages I wish had been the middle of the story. I feel like I was introduced to these people and then never got the chance to get to know them. So if you want a good listen, okay, it's a good listen. If you want to listen to a good mystery novel, you may find yourself frustrated.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I'm amazed that this book is not higher rated. It's absolutely wonderful. The characters are great, the story is suspensful and the whole thing just works.
I was suprised to learn when I finished listening to it that it was actually narrated by the author. It's one of the best read audio books that I've have ever listened to!
As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it and I think you will enjoy it too.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful