This week this one is my favorite.
I am listening to this one for a second time and it is just as good. Both the story and Fred Berman's narration. His voices and character development is incredible. I love this series.
All of them, each comes alive so well, with Fred's talented voice control.
Voices and ability to express emotion in his voice.
This was a great book. Kept me wanting to listen. Can't wait for the next book if there is one.
Supernatural Fan. Lifelong audiophile.
No, the ending seemed inline with the genre.
I personally think the performance helped the book. I am not sure I would have even bought the book had I cracked it open and read it.
I listen to so many books it become harder and harder to find something that I either haven't listened to or wished I hadn't purchased. The book was a simple listen, xmen and comic book genre. I personally am not that into these kinds of stories (generally) but I like supernatural books so I ended up purchasing it. It was a good bedtime fall asleep book :) nothing too awesome but nothing too terrible either. I think it would appeal to folks who like super hero stuff.
amazing engaging and very well done
borne identity with 9th graders
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Good books and peaceful days...
I first came across this author-narrator dream team in reading my favorite of theirs, A Winters Dream - about the 12th child (grown up 'child') of 13 in all, an assemblage of spawn from one DAd whose been married 4 times (still w/the fourth whom he loves), who owns a successful Ad Agency (regional) in Colorado. Well, the 12th, played by the book's narrator (the main character too) is not only the favorite child of the father (who's dysfunctional enough to make his favoritism clear to all), but he's the 'talented idea person' & copywriter who essentially keeps the company in the black. At least until his only blood sibling, his younger bro who apparently has a gambling problem, is found to have 'borrowed' about $30,000-$40,000 from the company. The very jealous siblings, led by the most envious-hateful one, tells the 'favorite' son that either they'll report his little brother OR he (the favored one) can take the punishment meted out by the rest by leaving the city w/o telling his younger brother or his parents why OR where he's left. (That way the jealous siblings can shape the story.) And even tho, up until this point, the story's riveting, it really begins at a higher level, if that's possible, here. I won't give it away, but that book is what led me to search out others by this author & narrator team, to this one. And I wasn't disappointed. Although it's a teen book, it deals with fascinating storyline, characters, and a group of high-school kids with special powers. Get both books, but if you're an adult and only have one credit, get A Winters Dream. If you're a teen, get this one. Or both if you can.
Yes- I recommend this book- and especially this audiobook. First, it's a good story- told cleanly. Looking forward to movies. Good going RPE.
Second- Audio narrators can make or break a story. Berman's narration excells! He makes each character unique. You can 'feel' their essence. His transitions seem effortless and are easy to listen to.
Berman bantering the teens voices back and forth - made me laugh as I could 'see' each individual character and love each of them.
My son and I had this book recommended to us by a good friend who also has a son. It took us a while to start listening to it but once we did, we both were anxious to spend time in the car and see what would happen next. There are some kind of gross & mildly scary parts so I wouldn't recommend this for the 12 & under crowd, but my son and I liked it a lot. We just finished it today and yesterday I downloaded the second book in the series. I hope Mr. Evans will keep going!
Hm...I have no idea.
Hatch - he is the bad guy and the voice was very distinctive and both smooth, calm, and nice and also creepy and sharp, as the character called for.
When Hatch asks Michael what his mother would tell him to do.
This book was enjoyed by me (the mom) and my son, and anyone would enjoy it, but it is especially nice to have a book that's good for a boy, as there are so many teen books written for girls. Also, there was not a single occurrence of bad language, adult humor, adult situations, etc. The book has a rather dark story line, making it too intense for younger kids, but it is also especially nice to have a clean story for a teenager. Thanks!
This book holds the reader's interest while the characters display respect, manners, trust and honesty. A good message to youth.
Presented the emotions and personality of the characters.
Engaging, exciting, unexpected. This book is a great for teens and adults. Better than Book 2 or 3 of the Hunger Games!
Something for everyone.
Michael Vey is a freakin' rock star in so many ways. He not only has superpowers, but demonstrates "super" strength of character and integrity. So there is more than just his supernatural gift for the reader to admire and aspire to.
Wow, so versatile. The performance was so well done that one forgets that it's one person voicing all of the characters. In fact, one gets so drawn into the story that there's just the story, and the narrator is forgotten.
The insights about love, gratitude, forgiveness, acceptance, mercy, and how to do the right thing in spite of intense pressure to compromise--or completely reconfigure--one's moral compass.
The book may have been written for youth, but it is not a lightweight book in terms of the content and moral dilemmas presented. The intensity of these moral problems was too much for my eight-year-old daughter to process, and she left the room more than once very disturbed by them. So I listened ahead and she made it okay through the last big moral "test" because I assured her that it would all turn out alright. My 11-year-old was able to digest it okay and loved the book. RPE's endings are always spectacular and this book was no exception, though of course it left some unresolved matters to be tackled in the next books. As a person with TS, I would also say that I appreciated the insight on the challenges people with this condition must cope with almost continually. Managing incessant tics which become more intense at the worst times is a struggle for the protagonist, and I could relate very well to this. It made me feel almost "normal" to hear the experience of a fictional character which was so accurate and so agreed with my experience that it could have only been written by someone who fully understood.