September 27, 2021

The Survivors

 

Mystery
2021 Macmillan Audio
Narrated by Stephen Shanahan
Finished on September 25, 2021
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets...

Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...

Boring! I listened to this audiobook for almost two weeks, hoping it would improve the further along I got, but it continued to bore me to tears. I should have called it quits early on, but I enjoyed Jane Harper's previous mysteries and thought this one would be worth persevering. I read the print editions of The Dry and Force of Nature (click on titles for my reviews), so maybe I should have gone that route with this book. Stephen Shanahan's narration wasn't bad, but it did feel somewhat slow. I increased the playback speed, but even that didn't enhance the narrative. I will definitely get the print edition when I decide to read The Lost Man

12 comments:

  1. I have never read this author. I tried the first book on audio but, the Australian accent wasn't a good fit for me so I returned it unread. Sorry this one was a snooze fest. I hope the print works out better.

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    1. Diane, I really enjoyed her earlier books and have high hopes for The Lost Man. I'll have to look and see who the reader was for The Dry. I read that one in print, but I wonder if it's the same man who read this one.

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  2. So interesting. I liked The Dry, but didn't love Force of Nature. I would place The Survivors in between the two.

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    1. Helen, The Dry is definitely her best, but I'm still looking forward to The Lost Man.

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  3. Oh no how disappointing. I've only read The Dry which I really loved and still need to get to Force of Nature. Have you watched the movie version of The Dry? I recommend it.

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    1. Iliana, is The Dry a great read?! I did watch the movie and thought it was good, but as always, the book was better.

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  4. First of all, I think it is the same guy reading all her books. That's my memory anyway. I've read all of them and I will say that I liked The Dry and Force of Nature better. I'd like to see Aaron Falk again. I did like The Lost Man, but again, no Aaron Falk. We discussed The Lost Man in mystery group and most liked it quite a bit as I recall. They discussed The Survivors at their recent September meeting. I read it as well and liked it, but I think much of my liking had to do with the setting, the sea, the caves, etc. Anyway, I recently finished Liane Moriarty's new book, Apples Never Fall, and am still considering what I'll say about it. Hmmm...

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    1. Kay, I checked and you are right. The reader is the same. I liked his voice, but he just reads too slowly, imho. I hope Harper brings back Aaron Falk, who is a great character. I'll still give The Last Man a read (in print!) and see how I like it compared to the others.

      Just finished The Madness of Crowds and am getting ready to share my review. :)

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  5. Ohh good to know. I started the audio but then put it aside ... within just the first 20 minutes so I didn't get far. I don't think I'll go back to it. Too many others things to read. It's too bad though, right?

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    1. Susan, I wouldn't bother going back to it. Personally, I wish I could get those hours in my life back!

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  6. I read Force of Nature and thought it was okay. So, I haven't picked up her others but boring I would not expect from her.

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    1. Ti, my favorite so far is The Dry. I'm still looking forward to The Lost Man and I'll try whatever she writes next, although I'll go with print rather than audio.

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