The first half of the book will give you chills, but the second half is unsatisfying. The cartoony narrator really ruins the whole feel too-- and makes it really obvious that this is a children's book.
REALLY cartoony voices. It took a haunting chilling book, and made it into a Saturday morning cartoon.
Good story, not particularly well written.
This book was ruined by the inappropriate and I'll timed music that is pervasive throughout the reading.
Maybe. I have mixed emotions. Enjoyed it until the end which ended abruptly without resolution. I think I would like to listen to it again to see if I could pick up on any foreshadowing of the ending.
Yes. Because I think it is thought-provoking.
Fine. Calming. Easy.
I felt the book lacked resolution. The narrator was good except it often felt like he was licking his lips or something and that was distracting. The music was also very distracting to me and too loud. There was one point in the narration that I thought my device had stopped working properly. There was a pause that was over a minute long and I don't like that. Several of the pauses were too long.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Dystopian future, parents who cheerful euthanize newborns…this is not a pleasant book and I would choose the "youth fiction" audience for it carefully and only after I'd read it. I was perturbed about the lack of a denouement and then I realized it was a series. I still don't think that excuses just ending with a hopeful sentence or two. Well written for sure and well narrated but didn't sit well with me. I guess this book is the grandmother of the Hunger Games books.
I think 5th and 6th graders will love this book, and should read this book. It will be good lessons for them to learn.
His perform for ok, but not one of my favorites.
It would be a great book for children to read.
I listened to this and it was pretty good - though it is a strange story and it ends in a weird way (IMO) -- I actually thought there must be a sequel and though there is a series, it doesn't sound like it takes off where this one left off --- what happens to Gabriel? To Jonas? Who knows! As far as the narrator -- is the "community" Jonas lives in in NYC and are they Jewish? Because I couldn't get the picture of Woody Allen as Miles Monroe in Sleeper out of my mind listening to this guy... sounded exactly like him! lolOther than that - it was pretty good, kind of short for an audio book, but it was fairly interesting. Less than a stellar review, I guess! Sorry!
I like some of the authors ideas for dealing with criminals and the elderly.
it just wasn't an great reading. Maybe the story didn't lend itself well to it.
I was really annoyed by the addition of music/sounds that were placed as atmosphere. It added nothing and distracted from the reading. The music added in no way to the suspense or anything else.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Until the last paragraph I would have given this book 4 stars. I appreciated the look at this dystopian society, the questions it raised, the paralells to the odd decisions we sometimes make in our own society, the lessons we can learn. What I didn't appreciate was the ending. The actual very ending. That last paragraph. Apparentlly I'm not educated enough (although I do have a doctorate), not a good enough thinker, or maybe not a good analyzer. The ending. I just don't get it and it ruined the entire book for me. Don't bother.
The story is great.
It reminded me of Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey" because of similar dystopian feelings between the stories.
I think Rifkin did a great job. The rest of the production was pretty bad.
There was annoying music that plays at random times throughout. I think maybe they were trying to use it to set a mood, but the story sets its own mood. The only emotion that the music stirred was annoyance. There were also a couple of awkward silences for extended periods. One lasted about a minute and a half for no reason other than lazy editing.
Not sure, the story is so weird and I like weird stories.
I believe there is a movie in the works from this book. It will be very interesting to see what they do w/ it.