©2012 Ania Ahlborn (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Not Ahlborn's best"
Andrew has been a good son all his life. Looking after his alcoholic, agoraphobic mother ever since his father left, Andrew has given up his only love and any chance of a career to stay at home and look after his mother. One day he snaps and moves in with a childhood friend, Mickey, who lives across town. He's immediately drawn to the picture perfect house next door and the friendly, helpful neighbors, Harlow and Red. But nothing is quite as it seems in suburbia.
Nowhere near as good as Brother. This was my first Ahlborn novel where I didn't feel invested in the characters at all. They lacked substance. Harlow, the wife, had an interesting backstory but she was characterized in an almost cartoonish manner. The Neighbors is more psychological suspense rather than horror. It was entertaining enough to keep listening, but the plot and the characters were pretty unremarkable.
The narration was fine.
Shorten it by half!
It had SO MUCH promise in the beginning. Then it just droned on and on. and ended exactly how you would guess it would.
I prefer stories that do not have a supernatural element in them. I like stories that COULD happen. But I actually found myself WISHING that this one would end up pulling something like that (a monster, a demon, etc.) just to spice it up and make it more interesting. Instead I just kept waiting for something to happen and being let down. I fell asleep listening to it 3 nights in a row at the exact same spot. I couldn't even bear to listen to it by the end. I think writers like this one need to learn two things: a) not everyone is meant to write horror/suspense and b) not EVERY story has to be a novel! I would have been satisfied if this story was exactly the way it was IF it were only an hour or two long. But being nearly 8 hours long makes me DEMAND that it actually go somewhere!
"INTERESTED UNTIL THE LAST CHAPTER...IT FELL APART"
I LIKED THE STORY BUT I WANTED TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE. I DIDN'T. I DON'T LIKE STORIES ENDING LIKE THAT.
I WOULD HAVE A SLAM BAM ENDING IN STEAD OF CHEATING ME THE READER (LISTENER).
MICKY....ACTUALLY THE READER SAVED THE BOOK. I WOULD GIVE IT A LOWER RATING BUT THE READER WAS GREAT. AT FIRST I DID NOT LIKE HIM BUT HE REALLY WAS PERFECT FOR THIS STORY. THANK YOU MR. COOPER FOR MAKING THIS BOOK AT LEAST A GREAT PASTIME UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.
YES AS LONG AS THEY CHANGED THE ENDING AND I BET THEY WOULD.
THE AUTHOR HAS A GOOD STORY HERE. BUT DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME TO FINISH THE BOOK. IMHO.
So awesome to find a young writer that I can enjoy for many years to come. Love your work! Keep it up 😉
A 4 or 5 star rating would require a complete overhaul of story, characters, and dialogue.
I enjoyed listening to the author's previous novel, "Seed", I will give her next novel a shot but if it misses the mark I'm done.
The narrator's voice for the lead female character was annoying, sounded perpetually pissed and too brisk.
Nothing I can particularly recall at this point.
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