I read The Book of Lost Things years ago and I never forgot it. I recommended it to several friends who loved it just as much. Set during World War II, this book tells the tale of a young boy, David, who has recently lost his mother. His life is further uprooted when his father remarries and has another son, and they move into an old, mysterious house in the country. David begins to hear voices and suspects there is an evil man prowling around the house. One night, David goes into the garden and he is suddenly transported into another world. It is a world filled with an array of fascinating characters, some of which aim to help David return home and others who mean to harm him. Connolly takes well-known fairy tales and turns them on their head (e.g. Snow White is really a fat, nasty person and the Seven Dwarves are Communists who seek to overthrow her). You will love the Woodsman and Roland and be truly frightened by the Huntress and especially the Crooked Man. Connolly has a magical writing style that is a reminiscent of other fairy tales and he has you hooked with the first few lines. Steven Crossely has a wonderful range for the many characters' voices. I highly recommend this book and believe it will stay in your memory for years to come.
I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I'm still thinking about it. I didn't want to write a review right away because I felt I was not able to do this book justice until I thought about it for a while.
At first, I didn't think I liked this book at all because, to be honest, the characters are not easy to initially relate to. Buster and Annie are the adult children of performance artists. Over the years, they have had to partake in many performances (many against their will). They have tried to distance themselves from their parents and make their own way (Annie as an actress and Buster as a writer), but recent troubles have found them living back at home again. Something mysterious and strange occurs that brings Annie and Buster together, causing them to relive many of their childhood memories.
All I can say is that by the end of the book, I felt like I knew Annie and Buster. I think that is the beauty of Kevin Wilson's story is that I can't pinpoint when I fell in love with these characters, but it happened.
I would re-listen to this book gladly. I hope Kevin Wilson writes another book soon that is equally as endearing as the The Family Fang. This was easily one of my best Audible purchases.
It is very rare that I don't finish a book, but I could not waste anymore of my time on this one (and I did listen to over three quarters of it). This book is overly drawn out and unnecessarily long. I heard so many great things about this series that I was determined to like it as well. Whenever I was ready to give up on it, something vaguely interesting or intriguing would happen and buy another few hours of my time. Dystopian fiction is probably my favorite genre, but this could not hold my interest.
Don't get me wrong: I love long books, but only when it is necessary to the story. This was the first time I used the option to accelerate the narration speed, but that still didn't help. I have never even written a bad review for a book before, but I feel this book is a waste of time. It gets two stars for originality and occasional moments of suspense, but that's all.
Ok. I'll admit I probably wouldn't have read/listened to this if J.K. Rowling didn't write it, but that's just because I don't read a lot of mystery novels. I just had to know what everyone was talking about (and of course I'm a Harry Potter fan). There's already a fair amount of reviews so I won't bother going too in depth. I will just say I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish, and I second others' opinions that this should be turned into a series. Rowling/Galbraith has proved that she has more to offer than Harry Potter.
Even though I'm a fantasy/sci-fi fan, I really didn't think this was going to be my kind of book, but I was persuaded by all of the raving reviews this series has received. And...I'm totally hooked! I know I'm a little late to the game, seeing as the third book was just released, but I will be catching up shortly because I can't wait to listen to the next book. I'm glad I listened to all the reviewers because I've found a new series to love. Larry Correia is original and Bronson Pinchot is perfect. I've already recommended the Grimnoir Chronicles to a friend.
I always find it hard to write a review for a book I really loved because I can't find the right words to describe my listening experience, but suffice it to say I really enjoyed this book and I have already suggested it to a friend.
Some of the reviews warned that this book was a little too "tech-y" but I didn't think it was beyond anyone's comprehension. When it came down to things like that I didn't try to understand every little piece but instead simply let myself be amazed by what we can do with technology now.
At heart, this is a fun novel about an adventure to uncover the secrets of an ages-old underground society. This was definitely the fastest I ever listened to an audiobook because I couldn't wait to hear how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised by Ari Fliakos. I didn't think I was going to like his narration that much, but I think his range of voices was fantastic and I would never hesitate to buy a book narrated by him.
From the very first minute of this audiobook, I was hooked. This is almost entirely due to the narrator Jim Dale. He is by far the best narrator I have ever come across.He has an enchanting and unique voice that easily transports you into the world of the Night Circus. This is one of the few audiobooks that made me wish that every drive was just a little bit longer. I will admit that I found the ending to be a little contrived, but I still believe its definitely worth a listen. I only wish that there were more books for adults narrated by Jim Dale , and I eagerly anticipate Erin Morgenstern's follow-up novel.
I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan and the film adaptation of this book is one of my favorite movies, so this audiobook was a no-brainer for me. Gaiman always does a fantastic job narrating his own work. After listening to this book and Neverwhere, I've added the rest of his works to my wish list. I suggest this book to anyone who loves to get lost in a Fairytale.
What is real?
The discussion of the stolen bicycle. The guys all talk in circles about a fairly simple concept, the gears on the bike. This is later presented to Bob as evidence that Substance D has begun to deteriorate their brains.
No, I haven't, but based on his performance, I would suggest other books narrated by him.
Surprisingly, the afterword by Philip K. Dick about the people close to him who were destroyed by drugs.
This is one of PKD's classics. If you're a fan of his other work, then I suggest this performance by Paul Giamatti.
I loved that the author, Neil Gaiman, was the narrator. It was read the way it was intended, with every character's voice and inflection performed the way he had imagined when he wrote it.
I loved the fantasy underworld of "London-below." It was such an interesting idea that there could be a whole society living right below our feet..
My favorite scene was when Richard, Door, and the Marquis visited the Earl on the train. He was a nutty character, and it was vividly described.
I suppose when Door visited her home after the death of her family.
Neil Gaiman is a fantastic, imaginative writer. If you liked American Gods, Stardust, or Coraline, you'll enjoy this book.
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