Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It was really enjoyable and the narration was very pleasant.
I liked the focus on Mary Russell and, though it is definitely a departure from the Sherlock Holmes world because I would not really consider it a mystery. I am not sure if I would enjoy reading 5 of these non-mystery Sherlock Holmes books, but I think one or two is a interesting experiment. I'd like to see whether there is room for a couple of "storytelling" books and if that could be woven into a series that will hopefully contain actual mysteries in future.
Her voice is perfect for this book and the pace makes it a fun, casual listen.
I actually listened right up until the last chapter where you find out what happens, stopped and started over so I could listen to it again before I knew the ending. I have never done that before, but I didn't want a "spoiler" for my second listen. It's completely silly, but I loved it both times through.
Without giving any spoilers, I don't think I could make a comparison.
He was able to show that the character is a smartass without making him sound like a jerk. Sometimes his foreign accents are not that good, but I didn't find it distracting from the story.
Earth or bust
I really loved this book. It has a fair amount of swearing and is not targeted at young adults, but I think young adults would love it. It has enough science to make you feel smart and enough plot to keep you interested if science isn't your thing.
I was totally engrossed in this story and have recommended it to several people already and I only finished the book yesterday. I wasn't able to find anything else by this author. If this is his first book, I will be on the lookout for the next one.
Jeremy Irons' narration really brought the story to life.
I can't think of a comparison, this book is well written and so disturbing.
Jeremy Irons makes Humbert Humbert human, but doesn't stop him from being culpable.
If you start this book and can't imagine why it is a "classic" and are tempted to quit listening, don't. Get through to the end you'll be glad you did.
I got my audible account and bought this book to go on a road trip with my kids - son is 13, daughter, 15. This was a compromise over trying to agree on music. In the past, we've listened to Harry Potter and Gregor the Overlander series on road tripsand enjoyed them, but this was by far my favorite.I didn't even realize when I bought it that this was the same author as the Gregor series, which I also highly recommend, especially for kids between 7 and 11ish.
I am not usually this excited about books targeted at teens. I am not a fan of Twilight or any of the other teen books, so I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to each book. My son had already read the series and really enjoyed the narration.
I listened to all three books within a week. I paid for the last two books without any credits because it was still a few days to the end of the month. I cannot recommend it enough.
I thought Katniss Everdeen was a very complex character, not a spineless whiner or an unnaturally sophisticated teen. She was written as a real girl of her age, sometimes childish, sometimes wise, and very thoughtful.
While her voices are not perfect- I am sure it is difficult to create so many vocally distinct characters- she really does a great job. I don't know what more I would be looking for in the narration, considering this is not an audio play, it is one person.
I really don't tend to have extreme reactions. I was very involved in the story and bought all three books in one week, so I guess for me, that is extreme.
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