My kids and I read Geronimo Stilton for a couple of years now and found them funny, witty, well-designed and educational, but nothing prepared us for amazing reading by Bill Lobley! I can never do voices and acting he does, and, naturally, my kids prefer his reading to mine:)
I prefer Geronimo Stilton books to other books for kids of that age, because the sentences are not simplistic and repetitive. These particular books are done to read like a cartoon so even the scary scenes are actually funny.
Bill Lobley is a master! He does so many characters in this book, and they all sound like they've been read by a different person. He is also a great actor, so each character and situation is truly brought to life in his interpretation.
The storyline is wonderful, full of emotion and tension, and the writer truly knows how to use the language to transport you there. Unlike Stephanie Meyer, Armentrout has way more than 5 words in her vocabulary, and is not repetitive or banal. She writes the narration equally good as the conversations.
"Twilight" as it should have been written. The story is pretty much the same, even with same events, but aliens instead of vampires and the lead female character is not lame and absurd.
This reader simply cannot do male voices. She sounds ridiculous in a male role, and one must be able to ignore her shortcomings not to lose interest in the overall story. You also cannot tell one female character from another, but luckily, there are not many situations in which conversation is written in a way that characters are not differentiated by narration.
Definitely laugh. There is plenty of good humor here, and the sense of loss is well described.
This is NOT a YA book, as one reviewer already observed.
Ms. Odom is not very good for changing voices, and her attempts at different accents make her sound silly. When she reads in her own voice, though, she is quite good.
Absolutely! There is nothing like a great story re-written with a twist that makes the original story even better. Fairy tales were contrived to teach young people about the ways of the world, and Kate Danley managed to maintain that same principle while giving the familiar tales a whole new angle to look from.
The idea of the Woodcutter as a unifying element to many different fairy tales.
When the Woodcutter receives the kiss of true love.
How on earth did Audible.com allow to have only one of Kate Danley's books in their catalogue??! MORE MORE MORE!
All Ilona Andrews' books have the same formula - strong, intelligent female character with an animal, but no children of her own, so she adopts a troubled kid along the way; a "superman" with excellent physical prowess and intelligence, a killer with moral values, yet a lover as well in search of a woman who can be his equal. Even though they all the same in premise, Ilona Andrews makes them all very entertaining and one isn't bothered by the repetitiveness in the slightest. Yet this book is just plainly boring. Story is extended beyond usual length for the writer and the push to add more content while extending the time in which the main characters fall for each other and open up to one another, makes one loose interest pretty early in the story line.
Renee Raudman is an excellent reader.
All of them!
The book is way to predictable, shallow and boring, and there is nothing happening that is worth reading.
So many people recommended this book to me, and, indeed, in the beginning of it I got very excited. It sounded well researched, poetic, with excellent use of words on the part of the writer, and most importantly, it sounded like a book for adults. Only to change to "Twilight"-kind of sappiness midway through. I couldn't finish it!
Yes, return the book right away.
The storyline is so predictable that is insulting for anyone over 12 years of age. Not to mention that is utterly unoriginal and way too long for absolutely no reason.
The book had a promising start and a generally good idea, it just didn't deliver on its promise.
It is hard to listen to Charlie Parker books in one sitting because of the subject matter. His books are full of genuine evil, and Connolly doesn't spare his readers. He describes every gritty detail and makes you feel every discomfort and pain the characters feel. But! Connolly is a master writer you don't find that often today. His Charlie Parker novels do exactly what Orson Scott Card said the true purpose of literature is: “We don't read novels to have an experience like life. Heck, we're living lives, complete with all the incompleteness. We turn to fiction to have an author assure us that it means something.” It is Connolly's ability to explain what all the bad and all the good things that happen to you and people everywhere signify (at least in his opinion) that makes you want to push through his novels, and his insistence that even though the evil is never fully defeated, it is the pleasure of peace, the power of good, the good of love, that is worth fighting all the time.
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