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I rarely just stop listening to a book. Even if it's not good I usually want to see how it ends. I threw in the towel when I happened to see that there was 6 hours left in the story. Not enough story development to make each "scene" seem real. It was like listening to an abridged play with poor actors. The story didn't have any flow. Narration was not great either but maybe it was just the material. I wouldn't recommend this one.
What would have made The Forsaken better?
It's unfortunate, but a story that was not utterly disjointed with plot points seemingly falling all over the place. The characters react to the situations around them in utterly unbelievable ways and they are just downright unlikable. There is really nothing redeeming about them and the main character's redemption has nothing to do with his evolution as a character so much as Vega's need to show more graphic depravity. Awful.
What aspect of Steve Sherwood’s performance would you have changed?
It's apparent Mr. Sherwood's attempts to provide uniqueness to each character are so far blown into the nether reaches of what melodrama has to offer that it detracts significantly from what otherwise could've been a solid reading.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Forsaken?
The non-sequitorial trip the main character makes roughly midway through the book. It was such an unnecessary sequence for plot elements that could've been included without breaking up the plot itself.
Any additional comments?
There are vastly better examples of wanton depravity and violence out there for anyone who wants them. The actual style and diction Mr. Vega employs are both quite good, but the overall plot is a train wreck, the characters are awful and nonsensical, and the narration was mediocre. This book is a mess, to say the very least.