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Wendy Poloway

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Good, but not the best

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-14

I loved all previous books in the Rockton series but found this one to be not nearly as good. The story wasn’t very intriguing and it seemed to me to be a mere filler book to lead to a future instalment. I like it when all the characters are given attention and this book spent little time on the residents of Rockton and more on what might be in store for Casey and Dalton. Honestly....I was generous with my rating, simply because I loved the other books so much. If this had been the first book I read from this series, I would not have read any other.

Brilliant !!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-19

There are few books that I want never to end.....this was one of them. Written over 30 years after its predecessor “The Handmaids Tale” , this book picks up seamlessly from the first and details in depth the Gilead experience from the perspective of many of its inhabitants. It answers questions about how certain characters came to act the way they did in impossible situations...leaving the reader unsure who is the actual villain. The narrators were all wonderful! It immensely helped having each main character voiced by a different person. If I could have given it 10 stars, I would have given it 100. I enjoyed the book that much!

Not the best

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-13

As an ardent fan of Stephen King’s work, I hold him to a higher standard than I would to other authors....I expect rich characterization and a story full of imagination. I don’t feel that this book fully explored either of these. While a couple of characters are fully flushed out, more time should have been spent explaining the motivations of others. I would have loved some background on the employees of the institute and also of the residents. The story was interesting, but it felt re-used. Often I found myself thinking that I had heard elements of the story before: bits and pieces seemed inspired by other SK books (like Firestarter).

Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad book. I just don’t think it ranks with his best. The narrator was very good, his voice soothing and easy to listen to. I would recommend this audiobook but caution not to expect to be scared...it is more in the tone of The Body or Rita Haworth & the Shawshank Redemption.

Dean, What were you thinking?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-06

A very well written book, but it leaves a lot unresolved or clumsily tied up at the end in a sentence or two leaving the listener unfulfilled. I loved the idea of the book, and the characters, but it took so long to get the essence of what the author wanted to ultimately say that I lost interest very quickly.
Especially frustrating was the way everything was tied up at the end. Why would the politician’s wife fund their roving around the country? How did Rickster ultimately end up with them in the motor home? Not a great book, at least compared to others he has written.
I also don’t understand the author’s obvious “dog obsession” - enough with the dogs already!

Truth be Told, Kind of Boring

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-26

This is not Bentley Little’s best book. The story didn’t seem as developed to me as some of his other books. If you are a fan, it is worth a listen. If this is your first Bentley Little book...choose one of his other ones like “The Store”, “The Consultant” or “The Resort”
The performance was great, however, so kudos for that.

This was not the usual Torey Hayden book

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-09

I was expecting a different type of story than this from Torey Hayden. I have enjoyed her previous stories about troubled children but this one seemed to have the child as a background story to a fanciful tale about a women’s active imagination. I hated the over-done story about the women’s imaginary friend Torgon and found it boring beyond words. The performance was good....if it hadn’t been, I would never have listened until the end.

Way too long....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-04

I enjoyed this story and audio performance but the book was way too long. I think it could have been culled a bit and the overall story would not have suffered.

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You’ve Been Warned

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-03

I thought I would enjoy this mystery story because I like the RV movies that have been inspired by this book. This is the weirdest mystery I have ever listened to. There are a couple of mysteries within the same story but they in no way relate to each other and I still can’t figure out why they are both presented in the same book. The subject matter is also very disturbing for this type of book. The narrator was awful!!!!!!! Her idea of changing voices for characters makes them sound sleazy or dim-witted. She is also monotone so, even in the most suspenseful parts, she sounds like she is reading her grocery list. Really terrible......

Great book, lousy narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

This book is a chilling classic. The narrator is horrible....whiney and grating voice. If you can get past that, I would recommend