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What disappointed you about The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen?
Loooong periods of internal dialogue or first-person narrative with no tension or build of any kind, interspersed with oh-too-brief instants where something actually happens. I never felt that I was actually in the scene, just watching from afar (and falling asleep). There were far too many improbabilities in the story, and I don't mean the ghost. It's as if it's the sketch of a book that someone meant to go back in and develop at a later date.
What could Katherine Howe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Take me into the smells and physical senses of the scene. Edit out the long stretches of scenes that seem to go nowhere (lots). Overlong scenes of one of the major characters wandering in the fog shouldn't be there. Annie, a gently bred young woman going alone in the streets of New York in the 1800s? That is not historically accurate. And the Annie character seems awfully dim, even for a ghost.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Bernstein and Kathleen McInerney ?
Kathleen McInerney is an okay reader, given that she has dreadfully dull prose to read aloud.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No gratuitous violence?
Any additional comments?
I was trying to get a craft project done and wanted to listen to the book while I worked. It was so bad that I kept repeating, "Oh my God, kill me now." Fortunately, that didn't happen. <br/><br/>I enjoyed so much the Physik Book of Deliverance Dane, and hoped this one would be a good story. It wasn't.
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Would you listen to The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen again? Why?
Yes, probably. I'd wait until it'd been a long time since I last listened to it and I didn't have any books I had to listen to instead, but I might. It was fun!
What did you like best about this story?
The way they took a ghost story and gave it strong backing. I also like how it switched characters and the voices changed too.
What does Jesse Bernstein and Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The fact that they switch off is fantastic, I love how you get a good feeling of each character as an individual since it's done by different actors.
Any additional comments?
A very good listen, lots of fun for anyone who's into ghost stories, historical fiction, or just a good little read.
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