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Let me start by saying, whoever said that this book has "too much sex" and "no storyline without all the sex" did not fully engross themselves into this book. Most of the sex actually played a key role in the story and what didn't was more character development then anything. At first I was expecting a fairytale rehashing Snow White and the like, but I was pleasantly surprised it was it's own story. Definitely a good read and the narrator was great too.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
It is hard to imagine anyone truthfully enjoying this book. This is my first ever feedback/comment on an audiobook and I chose this specific one to warn other unsuspecting readers.
I received this book as a gift nearly a decade ago but never got around to reading it. I would start, stop, and start again for a reason that I could never remember. Stubbornly determined, I finally finished this future-kindling after a three-day trudging through it's mire.
If you like unrealistically-motivated characters, horribly portrayed erotica, and suffer from masochism maybe this is for you! Still, I doubt it. *sigh* More follows...
What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?
In all honesty, the main character's stupid cowardice. I am seriously sick and tired of these winy 'heroes' saving the day by just simply being there! Then, complaining the whole time about this and that! Work, dammit, fight!
All Thom actually did in the end to "save the faeries/day" was open a flippin' book... I'll let that sink in... Open a flippin' book... Not grapple hand-to-hand with an ancient evil trying to destroy the world. Nope, a book that summoned faeries... Oh, that he did not even bring! His sidekick elf did all the blasted work!
"Oh, spiders!" ... Seriously, dude. Grow a set and at least pretend to be the butch, egotistical, master carpenter... Gah, this whole book infuriated me. None of the character's motivations made sense. The plot could be represented by a pillow perforated with a shotgun at really close range. Then, there's the long winded descriptions and useless information.
... Just... no... no.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Damian Lynch?
As if the writing was not bad enough, this guy decides to take long awkward pauses that could of taken out an hour of time if he would of just kept on reading! Then, the weird voices. Baaahh, a creepy attempt of a man trying to be a woman trying to be seductive... Baah, gross.
If I were to produce this audiobook, I would of hired two readers, one male and one female. A man mimicking a woman climaxing is just god-awful.
I gave the narrator two-stars instead of one because it is not his fault the book is so bad. A man has to make a living, I guess.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Once?
I would cut all the erotica. The writing made the main character seem clumsy. Come to think of it he was a stroke victim, so maybe it was intended? I think it is more a reflection on the author than something intentional. The repetition of the words "penis" and "vagina" proved the author's lack of imagination.
Condense the book into half it's size and remove most of the first five chapters that basically set-up the story. I felt like they could have been condense into one, MAYBE two but definitely not five. Removed 90% of the words during action events. The over dramatization, as well as, the author's verbosity clogged the action sequences to a near dead stop each and every time. Keep the sentences short and concise to mirror the events. If any further explanation is necessary put it in as a reflection.
Any additional comments?
My final opinion, if someone told me this was written by a 12-year-old, prepubescent boy, I would believe it and think that this was an impressive work for such. I really expected more and I am thankful Audible has a return policy.
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a good book by James . all his usaul . dark horror and more besides
After listening to The Secret of Crickley Hall and enjoying it very much, I thought I'd try another of James Herbert's books. Possibly unfortunately I chose Once (I say possibly as I have no idea if other stories are more like Once or C H, I don't think I chance another try). To say it was the worst of the 40 odd audible books I've listened to is not an exaggeration, over described, awful story and perverse descriptions of sex that weren't necessary parts of the story. I carried on listening just hoping it would improve, the nearer I got to the end I just wanted it to end and didn't feel anything for the characters.