I will listen to it again several times I imagine because I will want to nuance it with the movies.
The humor with Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves
The audio version with Rob Ingles is very good. Unabridged and available on audible. It's interesting how Tolkein gets into the psychology of dwarves who won't let go of their treasure. How much they are like us! We snoop right around with Satan's stuff and then you God uses some unlikely hero to save us from ourselves in spite of ourselves!
Explores what it would be like to represent God ("The Infinite") at a level where you were given glimpses of the immediate future in order to represent God in a time of judgment and change.
The Exodus in the Bible where God speaks to Moses, along with the prophetess Huldah, a bit of Deborah, and a bit of Isaiah thrown in just for good measure.
But, throw into the mix just a little bit of normal teenage girl who has human emotions and feelings, humor, and depression. A bit like Katness from the Hunger Games.
Here's the rub. She expresses A LOT of emotion! If you don't like this, you will be put off a bit. But I certainly felt that her exclamations of emotion generally fit the character well. She was passionate for the reading! Bravo! My children also really like her voice. We all think she struggles a bit with some of the darker male characters (though we think she does well with the lighter ones).
It reminded me that God is interested in the course of history and he does see all. I am not one to cry, but I did empathize very much and cared about the characters.
I wanted to dispel some of the negative reviews. I and my children have enjoyed this book and will go on in the series.
Definitely right near the top
Rescue of the princess from the dwarf rigged tower.
The writing here gives him an opportunity to shine even more. He seemed to perceive the characters very well!
Actually, there were quite a few. Royce and Hadrian definitely end up having a Robin Hood like ability to sniff out where the evil is coming from. They then defend the helpless against powerful schemers.
Okay, I'm going ahead in getting into these because they are on audio which is what I have time for in the narrator is very good. I actually thought that the plot twists in this book were extremely funny and well done. For example, having the overly pampered prince rescued from the Castle via the sewer was funny! The dialogue there made me laugh hard and help me to get to know the two main sword thieves.
These guys are basically Robin Hood types overall in that they always tend to help those who are down and out and are not very supportive of tyrants.
Generally speaking, his characters are very human in their flaws and good qualities as well. So far, I have really liked the fact that the church is worked into these tales (both Saints and scoundrels) for example, they help a monk named Myron to reconstruct a church library.
The author has a healthy restrained from being overly graphic and the humor is top-notch. Very entertaining!
He's also very good at explaining the plights of scullery maids and common blacksmiths. And of course, the swordfights are very well described!
Already did. The concepts were very intriguing and it took the second time around to really appreciate it. Easily entertaining enough. My daughter Mercy went through it twice in a row too.
Sasha's character, the way she deals with the amazing set of circumstances she's thrown into and empathizes with others.
No, but now she will be on my radar screen as a narrator! Excellent job Amanda! I liked the way she did male voices and the King's voice which was a difficult conundrum.
One of the ways I can gauge whether I like an audiobook is that, as soon as I get to the end, I want to go right back and listen to the beginning again. This was one such book!
I'm becoming a big fan of Anna's writing in general-- her characters have a realism that springs from their home life, caring about their parents (or not for a time), connection to Shakespeare and literature in general, appreciation for history and science. Her books motivate young people to want to learn!
As for this book, I would seriously like to see it as a movie.
The idea that you would have a person like you in a parallel universe is really cool to begin with, but she executes it brilliantly! If you enjoy books like the Hunger Games, but also like princesses and having to deal with difficult situations that you find yourself in by using your wits, this is a big winner.
The science of this gradually unfolds, as do major plot twists and interpersonal relationships. There are secret codes to discover, and personalities to figure out. When she goes into the alternative universe, she has to figure out gradually who is to be trusted. This becomes extremely difficult!
I really like the main character, Sasha, mainly because she empathizes with people that seem to be her enemies. She is thoughtful, likable and for me, very believable.
I actually really enjoyed this one as an audiobook. Marchetta's ability to paint with words is simply amazing. She is strong exactly where I am weak as a writer. She was really good at describing Taylor's emotional pain and struggles from the first-person point of view.
The dialogue was Believable. She sets up a lot of tension in the conversations. As you read, you learn most of what you learn in dialogue. Taylor is trying to find out who she is because she's at a boarding school and she doesn't really know who her mom is and she has missing pieces in her memory.
The story arc is hard to follow in the beginning, but it's the kind of book you can go back to the beginning and get a lot more out of it the second time. This definitely had a lot of depth.
Great job of getting the Australian feel and distinguishing parts.
It is very emotional.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I know, I know Jeanette Oake. But she really did a good job of writing a story that is pretty accurate to the facts of what happened surrounding Jesus death, resurrection and Pentecost. She sets up the tension well and has a believable take on what could’ve happened to Pontius Pilate after Jesus. Also, getting at the events from fresh angles helps to remind you of the biblical narrative.
The book suffers from a lowchurch understanding in terms of baptism and communion. Also, it has some theological misunderstandings of the Jew, Gentile question, but these were small and easily laid aside.
I did find myself rooting for the main characters. I would have liked to see what became of Jacob-- maybe he becomes the apostle James or something.
Really good voice. Susan, you are one of my favorites
The book keeps you in a constant state of tension because you are always waiting to understand more about the aliens and what is actually happening. This tension is something that pulls you forward.
Lots to like. Cassie's POV, some great action sequences, good humor, etc.
I have to say the rescue of Jamie
Maybe I'm just dull emotionally, but it sure could have done those things. For me, it was more intriguing and enjoyable and made me think what would I do in such situations?
I learned some things about writing from this book. Thanks Rick.
As to the performance, both of you did a great job and were VERY believable!
Yes, but I'm not qualified to say. However, the narration was top-quality and I look forward to more from Beth Chalmers
Freda is a person who is very tough to read at first. But it introduced me to many things in the world of the psychotherapist. I ended up empathizing greatly with her and feeling that she was basically doing the right thing most of the time.
Well, she did a good job with Carlson. But she switched very deftly for different characters.
It was about a third of the way through where freedom really begins to care for Mary Laughton and others. That's what makes her believable. It makes the whole story rise above a normal whodunit.
Yes, the author has a terrific feel for London, and how to work with down and out people. The word s**t comes up a lot because they all have to deal with it.
Definitely uses language to paint characters well
Gentle, not hurried
Look out for the outcasts of society and the weak.
In terms of some good action sequences and character development, I enjoyed many parts of this.
As a polemic for utilitarian bioethics, while he does cause you to think about the issues, I think the characters and some of the horrible things they did were overdrawn. It just isn't all that winsome if you are trying to convince a utilitarian. Most utilitarians are nearly this extreme, but the story does show where these things could go under the worst of circumstances.
Some parts are gross and disgusting and go on too long being gross and disgusting.
I did enjoy the author's portrayal of Curtis and Leilani who really were interesting young characters.
This author definitely loves dogs!
For me? Definitely. That may not be the case for all maybe.
The chase with the King of Denmark for action! Emma's challenges at court for character!
“Margot” ! I was deeply touched by the way Margot becomes the embodiment and extension of the voice and hands of Emma’s mother. When Emma doesn’t know what to do, her "voice" is there. When Emma would give up in the midst of stormy seas, her "voice" is there. It’s the voice of her mother.
Bravo Katie! Great job reading this with the pronunciations and inflections! I hope you are there when the next book comes out!
This book has sex.
Definitely--Really good for families working through issues and older teenage girls.
Since this review the format does not leave a place to say it, I will just say that the reader was absolutely believable as CARO! Great job!
Clash between mother and daughter near the beginning. Also her interactions with Father Bob.
The “voice” of Caro was beautifully done! The author had an amazing ability to use Caro’s POV to:
1. express what she is really feeling
2. give huge insights into many family dynamics
3. give huge insights into many school and relationship dynamics.
This book shows a way out for families who are struggling through something dark (in this case really dark) in the past. It was beautiful in that Caro needed all the support of her family, friends, teachers and (which was very nice for me to see) a minister.
This will be a great read for my older teenage daughter. The worldview choices in the book are certainly not mine in every case, but the author navigated quite well through religious and highschool waters.
Some things that happen to us in life are so dark and difficult-- but a father and mother who really TRY to understand, combined with some friends and church people can help to unravel a world of hurt.
Thanks Anna for giving me insight to TRY to understand my young ladies!
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