This has been an excellent series and I am in hopes that McCammon is working on book 5 and Audible will have it on the market soon. There are several lose ends that need to be addressed. With McCammon's books I can never predict what is going to happen. McCammon's writing style keeps the reader totally engrossed and surprised.
I do believe Matthew Corbett has been through enough violence. He should have a rest from extreme physical activity in the up coming episodes or he will not be in shape to function by the time he reaches 30 years old. He must have enough scares from his past encounters he might consider getting tattoos to disguise them.
I have always heard about the "Underground Railroad" but never really took the time to understand it's history. This book is every good place to start. There should be a "Harriet Tubman" Day. She was as important to the freeing the slaves and the civil rights movement as Lincoln and Martin Luther King, I researched in hopes to find a movie about her. I could not find any. Harriet story would make a WONDERFUL movie. If done correctly it could walk away with all the Oscars. This is a must read book! The performance of the book was good, but as with most of the Audible books, I had tp change the speed to 1 1/2x from 1x
I have never been able to get interested in "Series" books before "Speaks the Nightbird". I am almost finished the second book of the series "The Queen of Bedlam". Believe it or not It is better than the first book. I am ready to purchase and download the third. The story line is new and refreshing. McCammon descriptions of the characters and surroundings makes is better than watching it on the big screen. A movie of these books could never do them justice, but it would be interesting to see who would play the lead character Mathew Corbet.
At the moment I believe there are only four books. I hope McCammon is in the process of writing the fifth book and it will be published soon.
Edoardo Ballerini's narration is perfect for this series. I am definitely going to check other books he has narrated.
Thanks to Audible.com I have discovered yet another author, New Gaiman. What an enjoyable book. The book was wonderful right up the very end. This is one of those books you do not want to end. Listening to the narration by Gaiman made it even more enjoyable The music that was included added to the delightful experience.
While listening to the narration I had a very clear picture of each character, the environment and action as it was taken place. It was like watching a movie. I do not believe there has been a movie made of this book. If not, it sure is a good candidate.
I purchase three hard copies. One for my bookshelf, one copy for my 50 year old son, who has a PHD in molecular biology and reads for enjoyment every chance he can. He loved the Harry Potter books, but did not know about Gaiman. And one copy for my 16 yr old grandson, who is always looking for a good book to read. Every family that loves to read should have this one on their bookshelf.
I now have listened to two of Sawyer's novels. Calculating God and Hominids. Both are extremely entertaining and well worth the credits and/or price. I have not been a fan of science fiction before listening to these books and now I am.
Jonathan Davis narrates both and does a excellent performance.
When ever I like a book enough to buy the hard copy I give the book 5 stars. I bought three copies, one for my bookshelf, and one each, for my son and sister. The book is very thought provoking. I know it will cause us to have some good discussions.
The narration by Jonathan Davis was wonderful and easy listening.
Honestly, I have not read any science fiction before. I enjoy "Calculation God" so I researched Sawyer's other books. I just finished listening to his novel "Hominids". I believe he won the Hugo Award for this book. It is also very enjoyable.
Thanks to Sawyer I have become a fan of science fiction.
Davis also narrates Hominids and again it was very well done.
I decided for me to make a distinction between a 5 star or 4 star rating would be when I enjoyed the audio version so much I purchase the hard copy to have on my bookshelf, and/or buy it for someone else as a gift. I enjoyed this book throughly but i am not buying it for my bookshelf.
I read Ronald White's biography "A. Lincoln" and several books about the Civil War. I found Grahame-Smith book to be unbelievable, believable. From the very start, the finding of Lincoln's diary, I was hooked. Grahame-Smith intertwines Lincoln's life and the Civil War into a very good and believable story.
I went on line to find out just how many of the characters, I did not recognize, are actually fictional. In the process of looking up "Henry Sturges", a main character in the book, I came across an excellent blog by Geoffrey Elliott. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Fact vs. Fiction. His blog provided me with all the information I was looking for. Of course it did cross my mind Elliott might be a Vampire and was therefore trying make Grahame-Smith's book look like fiction. :)
The narration by Scott Holst is perfect. I enjoy listening to him read it more than I would have enjoyed reading it myself. I will be reading more books he narrates.
This is really an excellent book. Definitely worth the money or credit.
The bad news, I purchased this audio during a special that was offered for $2.99. I finally stopped listening half way through the 5th chapter. The story was dragging. All of the characters are superficial and not believable. The narrative was so annoying I had to stop.
The accent for Roarke is irritating. The authors writing and Erickson narration of Peabody made her sound like she has an IQ below room temperature.
The good news, I learned what not to buy in the future and it only cost me $2.99
I do not usually read short stories but after listening to this audio and plan to discover more. This story is timeless and very entertaining. I will forever look at bugs differently. The narration by Ralph Cosham is excellent and perfect for this story.
The author gives and excellent description of the issues biracial children, and children in general, deal with in todays environment. Both positive and negative. At the same time she gives a well researched history of the past and insight of what slaves experienced. Lester's "Novel within a Novel" is very engaging and pulls together the present and the past.
I am buying the hard copy for my book shelve and giving all of my Grandchildren a copy. This book should be require reading in schools for every girl and boy, biracial or not. It would open up some positive discussions on the subject. Just about everyone in the U.S. is biracial but do not appear to be. I have three sons who are biracial. Caucasian, African American, Native American. They do not look biracial. I just had my "Genetic Profiling" done and discovered I am also biracial. By a good margin. Caucasion & African American. I had no idea.
The narration by Balmi Turpin is excellent and makes the story come to life.
I am looking forward to reading more novels from this author and books narrated by Turpin.
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