Very predictable story line. I didn't find it very heartwarming particulary because I grew so angry with the father two thirds of the way through the story. Plus, some of the animal behavior (the lion) was simply not beleivable from a natural history standpoint. Probably my most disappointing Audible purchase to date ... but I wanted something to listen to for the holidays.
Only if it were free .....
He started out strong, particularly with the son, but then tapered off.
Although the story line showed early promise, by the end it became boring & predictable. And the narration was terrible. The worst narration I've heard on an Audible book yet. One of the men sounded the entire time like he was reading the weather. I myself could have done a better job. It began to really irritate me after awhile.
A symphony composed of words.
Liesel, of course. Because she is such an honest spirit. Unfortunately, she was not well narrated by Allan Corduner, who otherwise did a wonderful job of narration.
The narrator, Death. I cannot imagine a better voice than Mr. Corduner for the narrator. A superb job. The only criticism I could possibly make of the book & it's narration is that he was very unsuited for Liesel's voice and it was like hearing nails drawn against chalkboard. He did such a wonderful job with most of the other characters - they probably should have had a female actor read Leisel.
No spoilers in my review.
The first time I attempted to listen to the book I was a bit put off by the preface and put it aside. I cam back to the book later and I am so glad I did - I just can't imagine not have listened to this book. It is, hands down, the best book I have listened to. (Prior to The Book Thief, The Help was my favorite, also wonderfully narrated). In my opinion, particularly given Mr. Corduner's talented, expressive narration, this is a book that is better to be listened to than read. I am in awe of Mr. Zusak's gift with language - this book is like a wonderful painting that compels you to sit for hours contemplating the use of color & light.
Although I thought I was familiar with Shackleton's voyage, it turns out that I really was not. This is an almost unbelievable story of perseverance and survival. And leadership. I gained enormous respect for the man who led his crew through what they endured. The book certainly inspired me to spend a few hours on the web retracing this voyage. Great book and well worth the credit. The only negative for me was the narration.
Kyra, of course. The author did an excellent job of writing about Kyra's transition from child to young adult.
There isn't anything I've listened to featuring Jenna Lamia that I haven't enjoyed. Her narration was superb, thoroughly believable.
Yes - luckily I had a 10 hour drive that day. It tells you something when you have that far to drive and resent having to stop and get gas because you'll have to stop listening.
Although is a book intended for teens, I think most adults will also enjoy it. Only occasionally was I reminded that this book was actually written for a much younger audience. Just a thoroughly intriguing, thought- provoking novel.
The tops - nothing else I have listened to comes close to this one.
I haven't listened to any other performances by any of the narrators but I am hoping to. They were all superb.
Everything I can say about this performance has already been said. I can only endorse what has already been said - anyone who didn't love this book is deaf, dumb, or completely unfeeling.
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