I don’t normally do reviews for DNF books [Did not finish]. In fact, I have only done one. The only reason I am doing this one now is because it was part of my 2015 Reading Challenge. I have been trying to listen to it but whenever I do I just can’t focus on it. I don’t know if it’s the narrator’s fault but he is VERY boring. His tone is so monotonous, it’s unbearable. Aside from that the story is very slow so far and I just can’t get into it.
The book is named Serena so I would have expected it to be about her or at least from her POV but it’s not. The story shifts from person to person and it’s starting to feel more like it’s about Serena’s husband, George, than about her.
The synopsis sounded so good, but I never got that far to see them kill anyone. A few months had already passed and I really didn’t feel like the story was progressing. I listened for almost 3 full hours. That’s about 25%.
The characters seemed rather flat to me. Perhaps this is one I maybe should have read versus listened to. Audiobooks can make a huge difference in your perception of a story but I don’t want to go and get the book and then not like it either.
I will still try to give the movie a shot. Although I have looked at the reviews and they don’t seem too promising. The difference is I will only waste a couple hours versus 11.5 if I read/listen.
About the Author:
Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O.Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University. [Source: Goodreads]
About the Narrator:
Phil Gigante has narrated over 70 audiobooks, including Audie Award winner The Dark Highlander. An actor, director and producer with over 20 years experience in theatre, film, television, and radio,he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre. He makes his home in the Midwest. [Source: Goodreads]