FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
I do love Uncle Stevie so it kills me to say that I was not a fan of this second book in the Bill Hodges trilogy. I was actually…bored. I know. That is scary!
I am sure this is a lovely story; however, it just was not doing anything for me. The narrator left a lot to be desired, and the story is so sad and slow that it does not make for a good audiobook experience. I may try this again in print form. Then again, after listening to four hours of this thirteen-hour book, I have a decent idea where it is going and what is going to happen. Do I want to put myself through it? Probably not.
Oh too bad about the King and Jamie Ford book (I had liked his first one). But some books perhaps are better in print. Or maybe it just languishes too much!
I don’t think anything would help the King novel. It was definitely setting up the series finale. As for the Ford novel, well, almost all of the reviews I read about it state how slow and depressing it is, even while these same reviewers claim to love it. I may try it in print, but I think I’m done. I knew where the story is going and pretty much how it will end – which I verified online. I dislike such predictability in novels no matter how beautifully written they are.
I remember reading Songs of Willow Frost in print a while back. I liked it, but didn’t love it.
I think that’s part of my apprehension about listening to a lot of audiobooks. I know there are some that I will listen to for a fair amount of time before deciding they aren’t working…
Reading most of the comments on Goodreads, a lot of people claim to “love” it but in the very next sentence will state how depressing and slow it is. I find it difficult to believe so many people love such a slow and depressing novel. I think there is a lot of peer pressure happening there, with people feeling like they have to love it because others do.
I have no problems DNFing audiobooks – something I find difficult to do for print books. I always view audiobooks as extras and tend to listen to those books I would never get around to reading anyway. Therefore, if something is not working for me, like the narrator or the story’s pacing, I am okay with dropping it. Life is too short to listen to a horrible narrator, and if an audiobook cannot keep your attention, then it is not very good. At least, that’s how I view it!
I just finished The Sympathizer and really enjoyed it (as much as one can ‘enjoy’ a book that discusses torture in war times) but it had humor and insight into human behavior and country-behavior, if that is a thing.
Good to know! I’ll have to check to see if I wrote it down onto my book wish list or not.
Hmmm not the best reading week. Here’s to the upcoming books being great. My current one wasn’t great either, it’s ending is making it worth it but only a little.
It wasn’t horrible. I never get too hung up on DNFing audiobooks because they are solely “nice to read” books that I would probably never get around to reading in print anyway.
I am still listening to THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, but at least I am listening to an audiobook! I am almost done.
What did you think? I thought the ending was pretty darn chilling!
Would you believe I still haven’t read a Stephen King book? I know, I’m ridiculous.
Girl, you need to read 11/22/63. It is a hybrid historical fiction/speculative fiction with no horror at all. I promise! Plus, it is just an amazing story and an excellent example of why people love King. It really is one of my favorite novels of his.
I love horror, I think it’s the length of his books that intimidates me more than anything. I just added this book to my TBR list. It sounds very interesting – even though that page count has me sweating. Lol
Gah. If you can run 6 miles without problems, you can read a long book. Page count should never make you sweat!
Ugh – probably pretty rare that Stephen King is boring! Sorry that one was disappointing.
Exactly. I can usually find some enjoyment in King’s novels, even those that are a bit dated. This one just felt like filler until he could get the characters to the places they needed to be for the series finale.
Sorry you didn’t like that Stephen King read. TBH I cannot muster up the courage to read much horror lol I don’t even watch horror movies so I usually stay clear of SK (I know, I know lol)
Fun post! I may join in today 🙂
The Bill Hodges series is a bit of a deviation for King in that it is more a suspense/thriller than it is a horror story. I loved this first one, but this second one was not very good. If you like thrillers, I would recommend Mr. Mercedes as an introduction to King. Also, 11/22/63. Not horror at all but it is one of my favorite King novels.