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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Nov. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AEAUOZM
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The Neighbors Audio Download – Unabridged
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Where this story starts to unravel though is in that it is so predictable, you know what will happen next, there is no thoughtful engagement between you and the book, it is as simple as 1+1=2. Although well written enough there is nothing to push this above countless other crime fiction/ thrillers, and so you do feel a tad underwhelmed, and in places you have to wonder if it is that believable. To a certain extent suspense has been pushed aside to give you instead 'flashbacks' into the characters' pasts. A quite quick read this is something to sit with in the garden or on the beach, where you are just looking for something to read that is easy and doesn't take much thought.
So with Mickey keeping his guilty secrets and Drew experiencing some overwhelming feelings of culpability for abandoning his mother, both young men are prime candidates for some inevitable and violent encounters with the wacky Wards.
Less the Blue Velvet/Basic Instinct genre that was advertised in the blurb, this is more "the novice writers' version of Stephen King meets Dean Koontz for an evening at Peter Straubs' home". Not bad, but not great either.
Unfortunately, The Neighbors simply fails to deliver on pretty much every level.
First of all, Andrew - who is also irritatingly referred to as Drew and Andy throughout, despite the narrative being from a third person omniscient point of view - has little in the way of either depth or backbone. His departure from his mother's home is not especially convincing, and nor is his response to the strange reaction he gets from his new housemate Mickey (sometimes called Mick, which irked me as much as the Andrew/Drew/Andy business) when he arrives after agreeing to move in. He's perturbed by Mickey's incredible rudeness upon his arrival, but fails to confront him about it or even question it, despite Mickey being a old childhood friend. Moreover, his obsession with the Wards simply doesn't seem credible. Admittedly, Andrew might be looking for a mother figure or a family unit, given his background, but I still fail to see why he'd a) develop an erotic fixation with an obviously mad middle-aged woman solely because she's well-groomed and makes him some cookies or b) believe for one moment that a suburban couple could possibly need to pay him to work full-time simply on some low-skilled maintenance jobs around the house.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't get me wrong, this book had a good plot, but was just so mind-numbingly slow that I sometimes felt a bit like giving up. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dutch Bennie
This really is not a bad book, assuming you have the patience to go through the early chapters, which do seem to drag on endlessly. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J Bannion
Its okay is about as much I can say about. Not horrendously bad but not thrilling either. All a bit over the top.Published 20 months ago by SZ
It's okay. That really sums it up. I love The Shuddering by Ahlborn, but this one was far less entertaining. My main issue with it was how small it felt. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nostrodanus
Badly written with unbelievable characters and plot. Don't bother.Published on 21 July 2014 by Nicola Numbers