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This book desperately needed an editor and a decent narrator. That might have raised it to 3 star levels. The plot starts out intriguing, with an interesting premise, but the author just couldn't pull it off. It devolved about half-way through into unbelievable, annoying and tedious.
It needed to be edited to rid itself of the tedium, and a decent narrator to improve the "annoying" factor. Ms. Eby was simply not up to the task of reading all those characters (especially the male voices, of which she appears to have about two.)
I'm not sure, however, what Freedman might have done with the unbelievable, but there was a lot of it. I'm OK with fantastic and can suspend disbelief with the best of them, but this author wants the reader to accept actual violations of the laws of physics and that makes any *adult* story merely silly, bordering on stupid. It also suggests an author who either doesn't care about maintaining even a modicum of reality - or doesn't know how.
And, finally, it turns out that this isn't a stand-alone novel. In order to tie up the loose ends, we have to buy another book. This is a serial, not a series - and that makes it a rip-off. I have a number of favorite series, but when a novel doesn't *end*, but merely stops, and requires you to pay for the next installment, it's dishonest.
Audible gets this one back. Unfortunately, I can't get back the hours I wasted on this mess.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This listen was good in spite of being a little uneven. It was pretty good effort for a first novel. I feel that it would have been easier to track the plot if the characters had had more depth. This read/listen will probably resonate better with adolescent audiences than old codgers like myself.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Don't always write reviews on here but not only did I enjoy the story, the narrator needs special mention. She does a range of voices, most fantastically there is a scene in the book where someone is flicking through different TV news stations reporting on something and she does many different distinctive newsreader voices. Bravo! As far as the story goes, I really enjoyed it and for don't understand why it's such an unknown book. Kidnapped psychic kids, a creepy cult, scary reverends, repressed memories, a romance, potentially the end of the planet...what's not to like?