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(1) Listen closely to the details, but (2) Never accept anything at face value, and (3) Never assume you have it all figured out until you have read (or listened) to the very end. Goddard is a master at constructing complex, constantly shifting stories, populated by characters that you may think you know until the next ground shifting revelation. Just when you do sort out how some of the threads are woven together, that’s when you need to watch out. How Goddard manages his juggling act without making you feel foolishly manipulated is part of his genius. All of the twists and turns make sense in their context.
As with the other Goddard titles I have enjoyed, I will reveal nothing of the plot. You really must enjoy the story as he intends you to discover it. The editor's summary may sound kind of bland, but don’t let that fool you. For me this was the edgiest of his books that I have listened to, whose central mystery has the most at stake and a protagonist with the most to lose. There are plenty of villians, and some you’re not sure what they are. Protagonist Ian Garrett is self-centered, yet lacking in self-awareness at the beginning, and must undergo a painful quest to find out why his life has turned upside down. Not very sympathetic, but by the end of his quest he is nothing like the man who started. Only by experiencing his journey can you judge if he is a better man in the end. Michael Kitchen’s reading is absolutely brilliant and is reason enough in itself for the download.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Caught in the Light in three words, what would they be?
This is one book that just cannot be summed up in three words!
What did you like best about this story?
This is a powerful story of attachment, loss, and idealized love.It underscores for the reader how enduring and destructive revenge can be. It also demonstrated the role that unequal marital relationships can play in crushing creativity and achievement. This is the 6th Goddard book I have listened to in the last few months. They are all excellent in different ways, but this one was the first that prompted me to write a review!
Have you listened to any of Michael Kitchen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I don't think I have heard Michael Kitchen before, but in the hundreds of audible books I have listened to, I think he is the best narrator thus far. He is so good that you never notice the narration - you feel you are listening to the different characters as they speak. Fantastic.
If you could rename Caught in the Light, what would you call it?
I think this was the perfect name for the novel in view of the number of the meanings that it pulls from the story.
Any additional comments?
Audible needs to purchase more Goddard books! I am almost done with the ones you currently have.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
This story is different, as well as being the well- trodden mystery thriller. Michael Kitchen's voice, as ever, enhances our enjoyment. The twists and turns of the plot will leave you intrigued and guessing, as you would expect with Goddard, but some of the twists in this one are so unexpected,. It s a fantastic story, will have you reaching for your earphones at every spare moment. Definitely a winner.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Well, this is the second Robert Goddard novel I've listened to now, read by the excellent Michael Kitchen. Goddard obviously has an interest in the spiritual world, as is evident in the two books I've listened to. I have wondered sometimes if Michael Kitchen felt just a little embarrassed when reading certain lines (I don't think dialogue is Goddard's strength), however, as an actor he has the ability to transport the listener into a make-believe world. This particular make-believe world sometimes verges on the Mills and Boon but is entertaining nonetheless simply listening to the narrator tell the story.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful