Centerville, UT, United States | Member Since 2012
Like "Jude the Obscure," by Thomas Hardy, this is NOT a happy story, but unlike that book, which I absolutely HATED, I really enjoyed "The Casual Vacancy." This story of a small town in western England has hardly a hint of romance, but plenty of foul language, death, sex, betrayal, and drug abuse; there's even a bit of incest, just for good measure. Everyone has their problems, but all the people mentioned in this book have serious amounts of disfunction.
In the end, all the people that come out of the situation relatively unscathed aren't left any better than they started. And, again, this was a GREAT book, because Ms. Rowling tells the tale in a way that makes it a fun listen. It left me thinking, "My life's pretty darn good, comparatively speaking."
I don't, however, recommend this book for anyone under the age of 30. You need some perspective to be able to read this book and not be effected negatively by it.
That all being said, I'm hoping for a sequel! There are a lot of characters here that I want to follow to find out how messed up their lives will become as they try to deal with some of the things that were unresolved!
I listened to it almost straight through; there was no way I was going to put it down and miss another behind-the-scenes story from a cast member. The actual actor's voices helped bring it life, although Cary Elwes' impressions of his fellow actors were usually pretty spot on!
With all the sound clips and radio broadcast segments, this brought President Kennedy's assassination into focus in a way that I've never heard it before.
I actually cried a few times while listening to the descriptions of his wife and children saying goodbye.
The author must have seriously considered the question when he sat down to write. Could a Star Wars book work in Shakespearean English? Should I even waste the time trying?
I, for one, am glad Ian Doescher decided to do it, because it's GREAT! The characters have their own thoughts revealed in ways they aren't done in the movie, which leads to a twisted understanding of characters like R2-D2; apparently, he's not a happy-go-lucky droid: he's conniving and manipulative, even if it is for the better good.
The narrators did a great job with the character voices, and some of them got the intonation just right, despite the fact that they were speaking in Shakespeare-era English.
As both a Shakespeare fan and a Star Wars junkie, I'm excited to share this one with my kids, in the hopes that it will get them interested in the Bard before they have to read his real stuff in junior high!
This novel takes place between "Episode IV" and "Episode V," and really helps us understand how much time passed between the two. I liked that it also answered the questions of why Han and Lando are on the outs prior to their meeting to Cloud City, and how Lando become the leader of that city.
Nicely done, Mr. Zahn!
The narrator, Marc Thompson, was great! There were a lot of main characters in this story, and they each seemed to have a distinct sound. Plus, his Han and Lando voices were really good; at certain points, they were dead-on impressions of Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. Nice going, Marc!
I feel bad rating this so low because I love history and historical books, but this never got going. It wasn't a proper short story, and even as a NYT article, it didn't go anywhere. A few impressive quotes does not a story make!
I've been a Nintendo fan since I got the Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas back in 1987, but I've never known much about the company itself. It was entertaining to find out about the behind-the-scenes stuff that made the company into what it is today.
I loved Bone Shop and Blood Engines, but this one dragged in the middle, which almost made me return it! I'm glad I listened through the middle, though, because I enjoyed the end a lot! I'm just not sure if I want to read another Marla Mason title.
This was a great story, and a great beginning to a fantastic audio book trilogy!
It was a great story, which surprised me! I was afraid that it would sound like his "Swarm" series, but the story is completely different! I'm now excited to "read" the rest of the books in the series!
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