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I have to agree with the other reviewer I see here. It did feel a lot like something was missing, or not quite right with this book. I didn't dislike it as much as the other reviewer, but definitely was mystified by how it seemed to wander in terms of plot. It seems like there is a lot of character development in the begininning, in fact throughout much of the first half of the novel and then (without wanting to give any spoilers away) it becomes clear that such a large amount of development was needed, the characters don't seem to have the significant role we thought they would and it does not become the character driven story it seems to set out to be. So instead it is relying on the plot, which definitely is neglected in large portions and doesn't seem solidly constructed. I think the story tries to build tension, but somehow misses the mark... It might have helped to have more explanation of the situation on the moon - what is it, where from, why, how, etc... A bit more science, no matter how far fetched, could have helped this work of science fiction/horror.
That said, there is some scary stuff, and some interesting ideas, and personally I liked the ending and thought the narrator did a fine job... So it isn't a waste, just not a brilliant book... Somewhat entertaining, more or less, though flawed, I would say.
Incidentally, on an unconnected side note, I wonder why the other reviewer here apologizes for giving a bad review and claims it is only worth reviewing if you love a book. Granted, everyone seems to mark the review as "not helpful" if it crtitical and glowing reviews always seem better received (no one likes a critic) but I think that a bad review - or even a somewhat critical review, is just as, if not more, important than the good ones. No one likes to be disappointed with a book, and no one likes to feel they wasted a credit or their time... If you think there is a valid reason other than personal taste, or something that might steer a listener away from something they will not enjoy, or even just some insight into what kind of experience you had listening that may help people make better decisions, then do us all a favor and make your case. Wish audible had a chat forum or message board so such ideas could be discussed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
172 Hours did not live up to my expectations. It never seemed to fully develop and I felt like part of the story was missing. It jumped around and ended, just like that! It left me unsatisfied.
I keep wondering if something was lost in the translation or if it was a culture thing. The premise is great but the execution fell flat. I never identified nor cared about the characters even when things go awry. I could not have cared less when people started dying.
I have listened to other books narrated by Casey Holloway and I enjoyed her performance. This time her narration grated on me. I chalk it up to the material she had to work with.
I forced myself to finish the book so I could understand where it was leading and am utterly dissapointed. I just don't get it. There is no story within its pages.
Generally I dont write reviews like this, I wait until a book really moves me and I share my enthusiam for it. This time I just cant help myself. This truely is a book about nothing.
Oh wait, there was one good thing. I actually did an internet search on a historical figure that was discussed--only to find out that what was in the book was almost verbatim to what I found on line. And I do mean that literally.
I wish I had my credit back
3 of 3 people found this review helpful