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If you could sum up The Method in three words, what would they be?
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Yeah ............. A good thrill ride and not the Disney kind.
Which scene was your favorite?
Do not want to reveal ..............just listen to the book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Very much so......... this is a really scary story on many levels.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book is like listening to glass break. It is shocking and brutal, and cuts you in a thousand different ways. You don't realize that it is your head going through a sheet of plate glass that makes the sound because you never see it coming. You are the proverbial bird flying into the glass door.
Ralston sets you up by making this look normal. A couple deeply in love begins to drift apart due to an illness, and some friends suggest that they go through the "method" as they did. For them, the method helped their relationship. So, our protagonists go off into the deep woods to try to repair their relationship. Things don't go so well, there are hidden cameras, lack of cell phones, and infidelity to contend with. This is the part where you are blissfully flying at the invisible glass door.
On a walk, the couple witness a murder, and run back to get help, only to find that their retreat has been taken over by some crazy militia types; this is you going through the glass at breakneck speed.
The parts that follow are a tad brutal and has a feel like a Serbian Film lite. Dark and deep, but not THAT dark and deep. This is where the broken glass cuts you into strips and ribbons. What follows is a little predictable and a little surprising. This is where you bleed out. The end leaves you wondering how you got there; how you made it through all of that in one piece, albeit a little worn from the experience. I enjoyed this book for what it was, and would certainly suggest that you try it, too. Just look out for glass doors.
Rick Gregory really plays this out smartly, he narrates this like he was in the cabin going for therapy and drives home the couple's desperation and fear like he was in a cab on overtime. I truly appreciate his narrative skill and pacing techniques. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
" Look at the world around you ..."
Frank and Linda had been together for nine years, married for nearly half that time. But now their marriage is falling apart. Their long time friends, Dylan and Trevor, were on the verge of ending their marriage but now they seem closer than they have ever bee. Their secret? They undertook an unconventional and little known therapy simply called The Method. They wouldn't say any more than that other than it was nearly expensive though they did give Frank the contact address. Three weeks later, Frank and Linda arrived at the remote lodge where their intensive counselling was to take place.
From its earliest beginnings, this book strongly hinted at a commonality with the Michael Douglas film, The Game. Nothing wrong with that. And the first half of the story was increasingly thrilling with both physical and psychological trauma engulfing the couple, reality sliding out of control. But for this reader the book pushes that little bit too far in it's later stages, more to shock than provide a viable conclusion - and I seriously doubt that the desired reconciliation would have been possible given Linda's earlier "terrible year" response to her cancer. But this is somewhere the book does not go, sadly.
Rick Gregory's narration is good, well paced and clear, read with just the right emotional imput and good intonation even though his voice had a downbeat feel: again, not unfitting for the text. Little distinctive character voice definition but that didn't matter as it was always clear no was speaking. His reading certainly added to the enjoyment of the book.
I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of the Method, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Although I did enjoy it very much, I do feel that it could have been so much better, less gratuitous towards the end with just a little more explanation, not of all that happens but a simple touch down with reality if only to assist the couple in their ongoing wellbeing - in much the same way that The Game brings resolution. After all that has happened, it seemed to end too abruptly. But it was a good read, one I would recommend to all enjoying violent psychological thrillers where the real and the unreal twist and merge.