"Forty counting down" was an entertaining and thought provoking story. But after reading it, I wasn't sure I wanted to hear the same story from the younger protagonist's point of view in "20 counting up"--the first story already explained what would happen to him.
He told us what would happen to the character in the first chapter and it does--no plot twists, no particular tension. He tells us that the character is having a hard time accomplishing her goal, but nothing really impedes her--I could barely believe this was a Sanderson book. And it was so short--like a subplot taken out of a larger book (but it wasn't).
Ann tells us she made every wrong choice in love, but hits the jackpot anyway. Her story is fun, but if you a a person who has had to live with the long-term consequences of your bad decisions, her luck gets grating after awhile... Listen and see if you agree.
This was just a collection of words--maybe it was cool in some Asian sense that I didn't get, but anyway...yawn!
I always wanted to read this book, so I didn't bother to check the reviews. But as the others said, I'm several chapters in to the book and it's chapter after chapter of the main characters having sex or talking about having sex, described in the cheapest, lowest way--this is NOT a romance novel. It's more like a junior high locker room novel (like Bennie Hill), with no plot. After all this time we are only up to the main character saying her first word. Don't know if I will bother to finish it--probably won't.
The ending to the story is somewhat foreseeable, but Scott Brick a tour de force! He was one of the first narrators I ever heard in Audible, and I still think he is among the greats! His reading is so superb, he actually makes the story better than it might have been. He is completely believable as the character.
With the wonderful ratings this book has gotten, I feel like I'm going to be an outcast for saying this, but to me every character in this book is a "been there, done that" clique. Aunt Jemima meets Scarlet O'Hara. The sassy black maid/slave with the heat of gold for the white master's children. The overly difficult and clueless white southern women. The youth girl who's against racism, but who's hopeless naive. I'm partway through the book thinking, "I'm SO bored!"
The first few chapters seemed deathly dull, and to be going nowhere, but then the book takes off with a clever plot, wry jokes and a behind the scenes examination of Christianity's differences from paganism.
FUN--And highly recommended!
That was the best narration I ever heard! It amazed me when I realized it was the author's reading--it sounded like he had professional training. The novella was very suspenseful and the really drew me in. It was nice to finish the story in a little over an hour, too.
I've heard that this book and series is considered an award-winning masterpiece but the only word I can find for it is "weird". Weird scenery (like giant flying trees) and weirder characters without motivations explained. For example, one character finds out his friend suffered an excruciating death because of contact with an alien life form. Then, in the next scene, we find out somehow the character has suffered the same fate as his friend--but the how and why of this occurrance is not explained at all.
As the recording went on the story just got both more weird and more boring. And one of the narrators (female) didn't seem to be able to act.
I couldn't finish it--don't waste your time.
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