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By cristina on 08-04-13
What were the producers thinking?
I listen to audiobooks all the time. Perhaps I have been lucky, because I had never encountered this: a man reads the male parts of the story and a woman reads the female parts even within the same paragraph!!!! (I have seen other books where a male will read one chapter and a female another, like in Gone Girl. This is different -- the woman would read her one line of dialogue, for example, in the middle of a description read by the male reader). Incredibly distracting. Plus, their voices -- while both OK by themselves -- did not match each other.
I wonder if they recorded the entire book with the male reader and then found that his rendition of the female lines was not good? Whatever the reason, THIS was a mistake.
The story itself is only OK. This is perhaps my third or fourth Sakey book in a row (started with Brilliance and really enjoyed it). It was the weakest. As the publisher's blurb explains, this is the story about a run-of-the-mill couple who find $400,000 and decide to keep it -- with disastrous consequences. The theme (average people facing temptations they should have walked away from) is a common Sakey theme. In this novel, the conversations about "Woe is us, why did we do this when we had everything we wanted to already?" get repetitious. The twists and turns, as always, are ingenious (and surprising)...but the conversations get in the way.
I will read other Sakey's, for sure. But this one was only so-so.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Eva Gannon on 09-10-08
A Home Run
Unlike the Chicago Cubs, Sakey hits another home run with his third book. Listening to this book is like taking a ride on the famous "L". The train like the book takes you through different neighborhoods, some seamy, some upscale, some working class. You look into the windows and see the people living there. Sakey has a real gift for bringing his characters to life, and tying them into the plot.
This is a totally engaging read. You know right away that things are going to go wrong, but Sakey really churns it up into a mess that makes mighty fine reading.
It's one part, so he really moves it along quickly. You want to keep listening to see what's going to happen next.
I also liked the use of two readers, a male and a female. Added a lot to the listening experience.
Highly recommend this for a good listen.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Tony M on 04-04-14
You can wait for the movie....
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It wasn't a total waste of time, but got to be predictable as the story moved on.
Would you be willing to try another book from Marcus Sakey? Why or why not?
Yes, because his novel Brilliance is incredible
Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean and Dan John Miller – was your favorite?
Didn't really have a favorite because as the story goes along it's hard to cheer for anyone.
Could you see Good People being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I believe it's going to be a movie later this year staring James Franco
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By TS on 05-25-15
worst. story. ever.
Insanely horrible storyline. It was like a lesson in bad decision making and white privilege elitism at it's worse. Very good narration. I'd listen to them again but this book was pretty bad.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Gilmore Girls FOREVER! on 04-09-15
Wanted to like this more as I'm a fan of Mr. Sakey
There are couple of good quotes at the end of this book, about 4 minutes to 3 minutes left. Overall, the story was decent, but nothing great. Given my thoughts about this book, I have to decide whether to read any other works by Mr. Sakey.
I love Mr. Sakey's show, especially his personality. I hope he continues to make new episodes because I think that's where his talent truly lies.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful