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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Audiobook Review of The Ghost Writer by John Harwood

Written by: John Harwood

Narrated by: Simon Vance

Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins 

Format: Unabridged

Release Date:12-10-13

Program Type: Audiobook

Living a very solitary life with his overly anxious mother, Gerard Freeman’s only reason for getting up each day is his pen friend Alice.  They share everything from the mundane to the mysteries and secrets that surround Gerard’s mothers past.   

Gerard finds his great-grandmother Viola’s ghostly manuscripts and they take him down a shadowy path leading to a dreadfully real crime.  Gerard’s passionate struggle to uncover the truth puts him in mortal danger and may just cost him his chance to be with Alice.

When I first began The Ghost Writer, I found it interesting, but I wasn’t awestruck, I just kept waiting for “something to happen”; for a while I thought it never would, but slowly that changed and I was drawn into the intricate account of Gerard Freeman’s life.   One thing that really impressed me was the author’s ability to tell a story within a story, in fact at one point a story within a story within a story.  To keep the reader engrossed in a tale and then bring them back to be just as engrossed in the overall tale takes an admirable skill, in my opinion.  With that being said, the ending of the book left me puzzled and confused.  That part is frustrating.

Simon Vance narrates and does a superb job.  I have always enjoyed his narration and some of the accents he does makes me forget that it is he alone narrating. The characters come so much to life it also makes me wonder what his real voice is like and where he originates from.

I give this one 4 stars (Which means a very good book. I enjoyed it, perhaps even had a hard time "putting it down". I would recommend this book to others.)

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