I think this book would get 4 stars as a regular read, but only 3 as an audio book because of the repetitiveness. I may have skimmed over some of the repeated detail if I read it, but you can't really skim on an audiobook, so it got a little annoying when the author would recap everything that had already happened every two hours or so. That said, the narrator was excellent, and I liked the bones of the story. Perhaps the abridged version would be better.
I really enjoyed how possible all the terrible outcomes are - the book touches on a lot of current topics: bee colony collapse, genetically modified food, world over-population, etc., that were interesting and scary at the same time because of their factual nature. Also, anything having to do with ancient stone circles is fun. But I HATED how many ancient treasures get ruined in the course of the book.
This was my first James Rollins book, and I'll probably read some of the earlier Sigma Force books. I certainly appreciate the level of detail and research that clearly went into this book. Overall, thumbs up.
I love Dorothy Parker but didn't know much about her biography, so this is a fun, fiction intro to her life. The story of Violet was entertaining. Her fear is somewhat annoying - if I was reading, I definitely would have skimmed past her equivocating more than once - but I was entertained through the whole book. A well-spent credit. The narrator was good, but had an odd Captain Kirk thing happening where she'd shout the last word of some sentences and use strange pauses. After the first hour or so, I got over it. It didn't add to the story, but it doesn't ruin it either. Her various voices were very good, though.
It was a mistake to listen to this after A Casual Vacancy. So many unlikeable people in this one too! I had hoped for more intrigue or mystery or something - this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I figured it all out pretty early on and then just kept waiting for something surprising to happen. That being said, Gillian Flynn really created a complete world and cast - everyone is clear as a bell and very real, I just didn't like those people at all and didn't want to spend any time with them.
If you enjoy books where there's someone to root for, this is not it.
The narrators were really excellent, though.
Well, I listened to the whole thing...so that's something. It took a long time, though. The story is like a microscope on a small contingent of very unlikeable people. I wasn't invested in any of their lives, and felt a little like I was watching an episode of a horrible-secret-revealing daytime talk show. Not recommended.
Yes because of Wil Wheaton's narration. Maybe a little no also because there are a lot of lists...list of the current top 10 scorers, list of games, lists of computers, etc. I would probably have skimmed those in a regular book.
Wade was my favorite character. Smart, funny, humble, likeable - I wanted him to win the whole time.
Props to Ernest Cline for creating a spectacular world. I love all the influences and how they rear their heads throughout the story, but Mr. Cline put it all together perfectly in his own very unique way. Who doesn't dream of a 'world' where there's a Firefly galaxy next to a Star Wars galaxy next to a Star Trek galaxy? And you can play quidditch? Totally awesome. Also, it's rare that a book appeals to both sexes equally, but I think this one does. Highly recommended, and totally credit-worthy!
I'm a big Molly Harper fan. I didn't have as many laugh-out-loud moments with Maggie - she's a little more complicated than charming and funny Mo from the first book in the series, but I loved coming back to Grundy, AK. Very cute, light-hearted paranormal romance. I highly recommend Molly's Nice Girls Don't series. Amanda Ronconi is always great - so 5 stars for her!
This last piece of the traveling pants story took a little while to get into. I think I struggled with the narration in the beginning - it starts out very buttoned up or maybe stodgy? Very careful pronunciation, not conversational at all, which would be how I hear the girls in my head. But after an hour or two, it seems to loosen up. By the end, it seemed much, much better. The story is kind of goes along with the narration...drags in the beginning...particularly with Lena and Carmen...sometimes I just wanted to shake them and make them have the necessary conversations to get their lives on track. But if another story about them was released, I'd snap it right up and listen or read it cover to cover, just like I did with this one. You can't not read the end of the series. Overall, I'm an Ann Brashares fan.
I was looking for more of a spy thriller, and The Company just moves too slow for that. Here's what I liked: awesome character development, interesting people put in very difficult situations...you end up cheering for the so-called villian more than once. Historically, I found it very compelling - a lot of times I headed straight to the internet to learn more about the different campaigns/battles/events. Bottom line, this book is LONG. I struggled to stay interested, it just doesn't have a quick pace, but I did finish it, and I'm glad I did. Definitely worth a credit.
I'm a big Sarah Dessen fan, but this might be my favorite yet. The narrator is perfect, really brings the characters to life AND has good comic timing! Highly recommended if you're looking for a good YA novel with great characters.
I loved this one. Great narration by Caroline Lee. Wonderful story telling (including original fairy tales!) by Kate Morton. There's a little darkness, a little magic - not literally, it's just a feeling. I think if you liked the Thirteenth Tale, you'll like this. I'd say it's not as fast-paced, but excellent the whole way through.
Wow - I am not generally a Stephen King fan, but I loved every bit of this one. I kept imagining a dome coming down as I was driving on the highway. Totally crazy to imagine - and King does it in full detail. This is a long one, but it holds your attention throughout. Narration is superb - distinctive voices for all of the huge cast.
Although King does go for full detail on some gore and depravity, this isn't a horror novel at all. I'd say it will appeal to anyone who likes a good small-town story, where the characters rule the roost. Human nature under a magnifying glass. With a little science fiction thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended!
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