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This book was recommended by a member of my book club. I started out trying to read the book itself without the audio. It dragged too much for me and my attention wandered. So, I switched to this version and found it flowed better though time still felt like it was grinding away.
There are two solid pluses about the book itself: 1) story concept and 2) Istvan. The plot was engaging enough to induce wonderment about what would happen next. Somewhat at the center of the intrigue was Istvan. He was a much more fascinating character and it seemed as though the author took her time to really flesh him out (no pun intended). Istvan had a depth to him that was sorely lacking in the other characters, even Edmond, his best friend and the main focus of the plot.
For the audio version, William Hope definitely does the book a great service with his performance, which enhanced my overall rating of the audiobook. Very solid vocalizations and tone. his 5 star narration bumped my overall rating from a 3 to a 4.
My main issue with the book, and why I give it a 3 for story, is that there is too much expository repetition. The author continually throws the pace off by getting fixated upon the same descriptive details instead of advancing the plot with more explanation or emotional character development (for all but Istvan and some for Edmond). There was never any sense of conceit, more like the author had difficulty in coming up with some new way to phrase descriptions or a lack of what to do in place of them.
Overall, the book is a decent first offering from a new author with interesting ideas, but faulty follow-through.
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