It was definitely well performed. A couple of times I had to start a chapter over because the author travels to different times and places in the story. Suddenly a character would come in....like Bronte, and you'd think "wait! Isn't she dead???" I had to back track a bit to establish that one of the characters was having a flashback. Overall, the story flowed, but it had a moment or two that were fuzzy like this. The overall story was very good and well researched.
I have not listened to these narrators before. I will definitely seek them out in the future!
I liked the stubborness and ingenuity of the main character, Emily. She started with a very challenging set of circumstances and her survival instincts help her to skirt danger over and over again.
I really don’t’ listen to books twice, once is enough- but that’s not to say this wasn’t very enjoyable.
It’s a new premise, I haven’t encountered a story like this before. Very clever. You really can’t guess where it’s going, but the plot turns are not so bizarre that it seems like the author was just trying to get write themselves out of a corner. It was very enjoyable.
They were both very good, able to distinguish between a multitude of characters. The only thing that grated a bit was the female Austrian accent, it just did not seem right, and it was distracting. The male accent was perfect, not overdone, but very distinguishable.
No, but I did finish it in record time because it was very interesting.
Irina M. Flowers
After I watch a movie I always ask myself: would I watch this movie again? It helps me to determine if I actually liked the movie and how much I liked it. I do the same with the books. I've watched the Matrix more than 20 times. I've read each novel of Brothers Strugatsky more than 10 times. So, after I finished this audio book I asked myself if I ever listen to it again. The answer was "yes, I can definitely see myself listening to this novel again." The story is interesting, although unclear in some places, but I tried to silence my logic, since the story is about magic and magic has unstable characteristics. The main characters and their relationships are well developed, the performance is excellent. I would definitely recommend this book for a rainy weekend or a day on a beach.
Love the concept and ideas of this modern fantasy, but the story dragged a bid at times...
Very interesting characters... I loved the premise about language...etc.
For what is new on audible this is for most people a 5 star book. I read a zillion books... so in light of that I gave it 4 stars... It is very slightly a "chick" book which is ok by me...
Plot full of surprises, good narration, interesting juxtapositions.
Exploring the secrets that underlie her situation with the protagonist.
Not that I know of.
I don't remember being emotionally moved with the exception of laughing out loud. But, I do remember being intellectually stimulated. I listened to the entire over 12 hours of narration in less than 48 hours and I wished it was longer :-)
Pleasantly surprised by the quality of ideas and depth of characters.
Good book overall. Makes you think. The guy reader does a better job than the girl. His Australian accent was definitely better. Hers sounded more Irish than anything.
This is one of those books that requires full focus. It's confusing even if you are following. And I'm not certain I agree with the ending. But it was still really good.
Author Max Barry weaves a well conceived story with great irony and likeable characters.
If you are a hardcore science fiction fan insisting that everything works according to the science books or at least some yet to be proven theory, you are not going to like this one. If you are looking for some good old fashioned fun and action based on a stretch of the imagination, you will like this. The twists and turns kept me interested. There is enough action to make it exciting.
I recommend it.
This book is exactly what I was looking for. I read the concept and was sold immediately. The narration is excellently done. The use of two narrators to tell the two sides of the story is great and well used. WARNING: You can enjoy and still be surprised by the twists and turns in this book even if you read on... that being said this is only SLIGHTLY spoilerish so read on at your own risk.I can't help feeling cheated by the potential for this book. At it's heart this is a love story. The power of love contrasted with the almost supernatural power of the Poets who have the ability to persuade anyone to do anything. It's a good premise.,. slightly used but well chosen. It's the execution I have a problem with. The main character has 2 love affairs. One when she is 16 which feels actually pretty genuine, and reading this I was sure that this was going to be the love story which shapes the book. It wasn't. OK... so she finds a new love, but the interactions between her and her new fling feels more shallow than any relationship I've ever heard of. When I realized that the love story the author was describing was the "true love" that we were supposed to believe can surpass all boundaries I was kinda shocked. I never felt it and that made it ring really hollow. It lacked the gravity that I wanted. I'm not sure how one would fix it. I don't want a 300 page romance novel thrown in the middle of the book so I can get the payoff I wanted, but there's got to be a way to make the feelings the lovers have for each other feel genuine. Now that the book is over. I only remember that she complains he doesn't talk enough and he never says anything at all. It's hard to feel those people have a love that can overcome a speedbump... let alone a mountain.
I was still sustained by the description of the Poets and the society they work in. I would like to have read more about that and less about this love/fling story. If Max Barry writes another novel with the Poets in it I will be the FIRST to get it. I LOVE the concept and the intrigue that you can have with this kind of power and suggestion in it can be incredible to read about... so... I will still recommend this book. But just go in with the understanding that the love story is GOING to fall flat so you have to take it on faith that there is some love story you don't really get to hear about happening.
This book feels like it would be great as a 1 3/4 hour sci-fi futuristic movie. The underlying plot is interesting, but the author jumps back in forth in both time and geography. Therefore, the reader spends unnecessary time just trying to figure out details that could better be shown on the big screen. On the plus side, the female lead character shares some of the same basic personality traits with the heroine from the Girl with Dragon Tatoo, so this made the read more interesting..