CT | Member Since 2013
Unfortunately, Claire Daines will always be that weird girl from My So Called Life back in the 90s. For this reason, I found her narration to be very distracting. I have never seen her in the new show she's in, so maybe if I had her voice wouldn't be so familiar to me from her whiny character on that show, but it is. She did however do a great job at performing a choppy, hard-to-follow book.
Onto the book: Ummm... What? What did I just listen to? I get it... The author is terrified that a radical Christian/Semi-old testament political movement will take place and somehow there will be women who have to act like surrogates to old men, and they will go through sick, mind-numbing radical training (that doesn't work) to reprogram them to agree with the government in thinking that women are the source of all problems. The problem wasn't this thinking, it was the lack of direction of the story. You start off in present times, you go back, forward, back, sideways, who's this guy? him? oh no, him.. who's this? oh yeah, the friend. I found myself having to remind myself au nauseum who everyone was until about halfway through the book and then according to that would have to figure out what time period this was taking place in. I am definitely not a "simple" person, so I wish I had gotten what the hype was about, but in the end, I was happy it was the end. And on the end... Just don't... It's so long and boring... Just assume the ending you want and skip the whole validity lecture.
I really loved the characters in Books 1 and 2. I bought this book on pre-order because I just HAD to know what happened. After reading this one, I wish I would have just let myself generate my own ending. Since I did not have any reviews to work off of, I had to just get through it on my own, but I have to say, I kind of regret it. I understand the moral message in the story, and maybe in a society like ours, youth should understand that messaging, but if that's the case, the story should not have been written as it was in the first 2 books. It seemed very inconsistent with the writer's style.
(The performances, on the other hand, were great as usual.)
I definitely enjoyed this book and have already started on the second. Initially the book was a little "jumpy" in my opinion. The reader does not have a huge background on what is going on, so when the characters develop as they do, it does seem a little surprising, but pleasantly so, I suppose. I thought the plot was predictable, but again, I really enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the characters, and I loved Alexia Tarabotti's spunk. Can't wait to see how the series progresses.
I started listening to this book after listening to The Forgotten Garden and absolutely loving the style of Kate Morton, as performed by Caroline Lee.
This book is quite different from what I had expected, although to be fair, how can one's expectations to be set by a two paragraph synopsis? Although I found the book to be starting slow, before I knew it, I was completely wrapped up in the lives of the characters. At a certain point, I did become a little depressed over all of the scheming of the protagonist, Dolly, and how she was tearing lives apart with her "games." Ultimately, I still could not pull myself away from the book, so I saw it through to the end, and I am so happy I did.
The book is definitely worth a read/listen!
I would listen again... and again... and again...
Of course my favorite characters are Four and Tris. They have great chemistry and the development of their relationship is very suspenseful.
I like how Emma Gavin reads the book in different voices and with dynamic tones. She does a great job at depicting the moments and moods in each scene.
No extreme reaction - I just couldn't stop listening!
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