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Friday, 15 November 2013

Review: THE BURNING SOUL

The Burning Soul by John Connolly
Read by George Guidall and Tony Ward
Book 10 of Charlie Parker series
Genre: paranormal crime fiction
Format: hardback, unabridged audiobook

About The Burning Soul:
Randall Haight has a secret: when he was a teenager, he and his friend killed a 14-year-old girl.

Randall did his time and built a new life in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but somebody has discovered the truth about Randall. He is being tormented by anonymous messages, haunting reminders of his past crime, and he wants private detective Charlie Parker to make it stop.

But another 14-year-old girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor's Bay, and the missing girl's family has its own secrets to protect. Now Parker must unravel a web of deceit involving the police, the FBI, a doomed mobster named Tommy Morris, and Randall Haight himself.

Because Randall Haight is telling lies . . .
Source: Info in the About The Burning Soul was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9721102-the-burning-soul on 02/11/2012.

Review:
This book started out rather slow for me which was a bit of a disappointment after having just came off the excitement of The Whisperers (Book 9). So I stopped-and-started and it made it seem like this book was a whole lot longer than the 13 hours it was suppose to be.

I've listened to audiobooks with two narrators once before and I was happy with Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux in Shiver. But for some reason, in this case it took a lot of getting used to. A lot. And sometimes the two narrators confused me because they seem to sound almost alike except for the "ish" sound that one of them makes when he gets tired. Or it gets more obvious as he reads along. This distinctly diminished my enjoyment of the book. I practically end up reading the paperback with only intermittent bouts of listening to the audiobook. This obviously brought the rating of the book down a bit.

I like the complex plot though. Unlike The Reapers where the plot is straight forward, this book is not. It's twisty and threw me a surprise or two. Layers of plot over plot. Multiple deception and motives. Evil forces coming from every direction. Lots and lots of kudos for a complex story!

This book might have started slow and even have a bit of a slag time in the middle, but by the end of it, I was looking forward to reading further and diving into The Wrath Of Angels!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (12 hrs and 58 mins listening time)
Plot = 5
Narrators = 2.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

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