The mystery part is good, you won't be able to decipher until almost the end, just a little bit ahead of the protagonist and then revising the clues said "of course!" but that is the fun, right ?
The depression... I believe it is done in order to illustrate how a person suffering from endogenous depression feels and her interaction with the rest of the world: family, friends, job,etc. And I think M.Keyes does a good job, The symptoms, failures and / or successes of the treatment are textbook. Reminded me of some of J. Picoult's novels (house rules, my sister keeper, handle with care etc.)
So, to me the achievement of this listen is that going thru this little mystery the listener learns the suffering of a person with e. depression and by knowing and understanding this terrible disease one becomes more respectful and compassionate towards these patients, at least that is what I believe.
Also I should point out that it is a shock this dark version of M.Keyes. there is this black humor and kind of bitter wit towards the world as it is now (mostly the economy). But again it is the color of the glass through which the protagonist watches said world.
The performer is great.Very, very good !
The book is a dystopia. In some mediate future, there is a civil war between pro-life and pro-choice supporters. No one wins and to end the war THE BILL OF LIFE is issued. So in this imaginary futuristic society, citizens cannot commit abortion but when a kid is 13 years old up to his/her 18 years can be UNWOUND. Which is sent to a harvesting facility where every part is use for transplant. OK here ends my summary, but this is the base for the endless debate on life: Capital punishment, abortion, organ trafficking, and the soul. Is there one? When do we acquire a soul? If my organs are in someone else is a part of my soul there too? Maybe to some of you this questions have obvious answers, however don't be quick to judge, somehow the author amidst a seemingly "one more YA novel" artfully introduces the issues and I could not but felt tossed around in a storm of emotions and "practiced " rationalizations even though I have a big banner for free will and tons of doubts about everything that can not be seen under a microscope. So give it a try and then share your thoughts.
The narrator is just right for the book, I liked very much I would have liked female and male narrators more or even multiple voices.
The story is good if you like time traveling fantasy and romance. I enjoy this kind of stories. This one is good in the way that presents both sides of a coin. Meaning that you can experience our century through the wondrous eyes of someone from the past and then see Elizabethan Era through our modern eyes with the ambivalence that the portray of those times give us from the 21st. Century. The part I did not like of the story is the weeping maiden...The stereotype of the "DOORMAT WOMAN". Despite that, the story is enjoyable. WHAT IS AWFUL is the NARRATION!
Let me explain myself. As an audiobook fan I respect and appreciate narrators. But I found out that there is the RIGHT & WRONG narrator for each story. So, Mr. S. West does read nicely the descriptive parts of the story, and even the male voices are ok, BUT really, when he does the female voices it isn't pretty to say the least. I kept rolling my eyes and feeling kind of embarrassed, since the part sounded...I don't know, silly, stupid. I believe there are male narrator that can do female voices much better, and/or female narrators that can do male voices not badly. OR...what I like best: BOTH, FEMALE AND MALE NARRATOR.
Alas, a good story down because of a wrong choice of narrator.
Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"
The book has a good start, And the narrator has a clear, brisk voice that kind of pulls you on.
So, you have the typical high school crowd, the cute-most coveted boy (with the plus of an english accent) with his entourage of beautiful but empty-headed and-of course- mean girls and here comes our heroine who is-of course again- not that kind of beautiful,but sooo very special. And thus the clichés begin and the adventure begins...Except that if you want to follow this adventure you must forget all kind of logic and common sense. I'm very aware that if you embark on a YA fantasy, normalcy doesn't apply, which it is as it should be. In this case though let's just say that contradiction is the key word...Alas the idea is not bad,but is so full of clichés and not real behavior like THE DIALOGS: OMG! I really don't want to be mean, but it is a mixture of Yoda and Shakespearian speech, which in itself is not disagreeable if sparingly used considering our speakers are 21th Century teens. But use it too frequently and you will start sighing and shaking your head.
So, although I finished the book, I won't buy the sequel and in good conscience I can't recommend it.
It is a fun story, in a world with an alternate history in which "otherworlders" (different species) came to share the planet with us in relative peace after violent times....Anyway, the protagonist, female, with a quirky sense of humor and not the perfect heroine but endearing non the less is faced with an upcoming war, an intense but not wanted love with a "drop dead gorgeous and sexy" vamp, and family secrets...All wrapped up in a delicious performance.
Fantasy Chick-Lit, yes, but FUN!
The story is less than average. I gave it 2 stars because maybe somehow somewhere it becomes interesting enough to listen. But what is really terrible is the narrator. The tone is flat. The voice is disagreeable! It makes it impossible to fallow the thread of the plot.
I could not finish the book, I did try like 3 times but I just could not.
So I am very sorry to say but it was an overall 0 star.
This little book is gold!
The story is simple but captivating. Fresh, funny. At the beginning I LOL, which I don't often do.
It is told from two different points of view (female-male) both young teenagers with different life experiences. Both are sensitive, smart, and kind.
The characters are real, And all of them are adorable!
The situations are possible. And they are not quite predictable.
The performance is GREAT! The exact voice for each of the two main characters: PERFECT MATCH.
And one more thing: It has poetry in one form or other in the midst.
Do listen to it.
I bought this title following Angela Dawe, who did a BRILLIANT job in MAYBE THIS TIME by J. Cruise. And also because I'm a sucker for nice covers and nice titles and the summary had potential.
Let me tell you what i found inside.
JUDGMENTAL AND CLICHE does not cover it.
It is so badly written, that even if you agree with the author's postulates you will agree that they are terribly expressed. There is no plot, there is some kind of weak story that comes and goes without much sense ( if any at all) to be a platform for Christian preaching. The many holes in said story are filled with quotations from the Bible. The metaphors seems to be written by a not very bright Sunday School teacher.
The characters are unreal, not comics but caricatures.
The preaching is everywhere, in almost every paragraph and to top it all the characters as dialogs sometimes say prayers! And oh, the dialogs, repetitive, plain, and sometimes are as if the author forgot to finish it or more probably did not know how so just left it.
The thing is I'm a believer, but I also believe in respect for the belief or not belief of others and when i encounter something like this i feel "verguenza ajena" which in spanish means to feel ashamed for someone else's actions.
The performance, i've learned with this audio that even a very good narrator can only do an average minus job if the material is no good.
Finally, to the Publishers I would say PLEASE DO WARN THAT THE BOOK IS CHRISTIAN OR CATHOLIC OR MUSLIM OR WITH STRONG RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL BELIEFS, SO THE PEOPLE CAN DECIDE TO READ IT OR NOT.
If you didn't mind polite sparkling vampires, pious loving demons, you won't mind mean murderous angels that can be killed by bullets. So, safe in YA fantasy land we can discuss the story, which is at times gripping, at times violent and gory in a post apocalyptic world caused by avenging angels or at least creatures like angels but the cause of said attack is never told, at least not yet in this first installment. In the romantic scenario there is the usual prospect of the lead female, with a heart thorn in two between two guys who of course are madly in love with her but are enemies and oh yeah, there will be Raffe's and Obi's fans !
As I usually say when reviewing a light entertaining story we, you, are not looking for thought provoking books. So this is to me an entertaining very light fantasy which i did finish and that means that in spite of its lightness and its clashes with the stablished is fun. Hey, did the dishes, water my plants and even organized my closet, thanks to it!
One thing that help a lot to make these story fun was the very good performance. The narrator not only did a good job, but i believe have the right voice for the story,
So i would say, go for it without too much expectations.
PS: I wonder if it is only me but I really don't mind much nice vampires as I mind awful angels.
The story itself is flimsy. But it is fun enough, the dialogs are witty, and it has all the right ingredients: a love story, a tough hero, a wonderful heroine, the villain, moments of suspense, a bit of a thriller, a sweet child and all of these delivered in a very good performance, I especially liked R. Raudman's voice and performance. P. Lawlor also does a very good job.
You know what, it is like reading a comic. So i would recommended it as a light listening for chore or exercise times...
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