If you are a fan of magical young adult fiction, this series is right at the top. It stands independent from other popular, similar series and is one I HIGHLY recommend to fans of YA fiction.
I really want to love this audible title, the book is great but the narration is very hard to get through. While Brendan Fraser has quite a variety of character voices, the main ones are very drowsy sounding and some are downright annoying. Hmm, I think I'd love to read this book because I am a fan of Cornelia Funke, but I won't be downloading other Fraser narrations.
... that this book has anti-marriage, anti-family currents that are very obvious to the reader. I'm not saying it is a bad book, but think parents should be aware of it. At one point the main character states that she will never marry, because she "won't tie herself to a husband because she will never have freedom" and that "any freedom that she has in marriage will only be so because a husband gives it to her". They consent to being lovers with an understanding they will never burden each other with commitment and are free to walk away whenever they desire. After their uncomfortable love-making sessions Katsa eats a special herb/weed that prevents her from conceiving any children. I hoped the book would resolve with the main characters deciding they love each other enough to be married after all, but no. The book ends with them reaffirming their selfish desire for freedom, how not many people will understand their decision, but they are justified because of (career) pursuits, blah blah blah. I felt that the author imposed her own ideas and-- no matter what the book is-- this type of "soap box" usage via young adult fiction always bothers me.
I would recommend reading this book if your teenagers are, as it presents an opportunity for discussion.
Too bad; it was an entertaining story and the narrator was funny! But just so many F-bombs that I couldn't get past the third or fourth chapter. I kept hoping it would get better, but it only got worse. Not worth the credit.
I loved this book. I'd say the best in it's genre since Harry Potter. The story moved quickly and was never dull. Some parts were very intense so I wouldn't recommend it for younger children. Very good book.
That sounds horrible. I usually never like movies more than books but this one tanked. Sorry, I know it's a classic. I loved the Three Musketeers and had high hopes for this book too. The first part was really good and held my attention, but then after the Count gets his gold he turns into a creep. I couldn't finish it. There were too many gross details too, about gangs and executions that I was surprised about. Finally I looked up the summary on Wikipedia and after reading the whole plot, then didn't bother to finish the book.
I won't say what other reviewers have already expressed... this book could have been better. Though it was beautifully written in its details and descriptions, the story just lacked movement for me, especially the end. The idea was fantastic and started out so well, which is probably why the last quarter of the book was so disappointing. Anyway, I purchased it mostly because Jim Dale narrates it, and he does a fine job. I would recommend "The Emerald Atlas" if you're looking for a magical adventure with Jim Dale narrating.
I downloaded this because I LOVED The Three Musketeers and was anxious for another fun "classic" read, but I just couldn't get through this one! It moved too slowly with too many sub-stories and details to keep my interest. Once I got into the Musketeers I couldn't stop listening, but this one felt like homework to listen to. The narrator was nice, though I prefer John Lee's D'Artagnan. I'm throwing in the towel and moving on to something more interesting.
This book was too crude for me. I had a gut feeling it would be, but bought it anyway because of all the other fantastic reviews. I didn't finish it and wanted to advise others who might be wary of the "twisted" "freaks, grifters, and misfits" to choose something else. Too bad, too, because the story really would have been great without the vulgar sexuality and brutish behavior.
I loved this book. From the very beginning I was completely drawn into the characters and the story. The author did an excellent job of using historical facts but yet it didn't feel like a "history" book- it was still, for me, a "story" book. The fact that it is based on a true story and uses real events makes the book that much more meaningful at the end. I loved it and heartily recommend it.
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