"Delightful" is not the adjective, as stated in another review, that I would ever choose to describe this book. I finally found it so depressing that I stopped listening. No worries, it was too hard to suspend my disbelief anyway.
Amazing narration enriched this audiobook. The story is unique, if a little juvenile at times, but took some turns and in general kept my attention! I would recommend it for keeping your mind off the hideous Boston traffic that you're stuck in on a daily basis.
I was not a fan of the prolonged gore or the creeper crap. The story itself took too long at times also. I think it started out as a good idea, but lacked a strong editor.
I don't know why I avoided this book for so long -- was I afraid it was going to be some kind of version of The Thing? I don't know. It's not, not one bit! So much suspense and realistic spaceman stuff. Really dig this audiobook, and you will, too. The narrator is just so awesome!! He made the whole book for me.
I am SO TIRED of books full of unlikeable characters. Is this the new trend? Between this and Defending Jacob it seems all the rage right now! The narrating is excellent, particularly "Amy", but didn't make up for a dragging and exhausting plot. And hating everyone just gets so old.
I'm a magical realism junkie and I needed a happy ending, and wasn't disappointed. I loved the herbal magic, the vivacious apple tree, and Aunt Evanelle. I also really liked how everything was wrapped up, even the author's sympathy for the old rival. This was, while reminiscent (to put it mildly) of an old favorite, a totally unique book. If you like Hoffman and Allende, you'll be happy. Listen to the audible version, you won't be disappointed.
I am not afraid to admit that I love these books! Obviously, the mythological basis for the stories is the magnet for me, but the action and adventure hold my attention. I find the narrator a little distracting at times, but he does a fair job. I do think the best narrators are the ones who don't act like they're reading a kid's book, of which Mr. Bernstein is unfortunately guilty.
I got this title based on the 80s context alone.. not a gamer or a fantasy addict, even if I have an appreciation for those things. I don't even think of myself as nostalgic. Ever. But this book totally grabbed me, and even if I was a little nervous about the fatalism and depressing backdrop.. I am now at the very end and I so don't want it to stop! Loved this book and found myself getting out the buds to listen to it while doing dishes and other non-driving activities (a first for me:). Ok yes, I am an 80s girl.. but the story is just so original. Really great job on the writing, editing and narrating. Seemingly minor details.. Rush songs or specific video games.. brought me right back to my childhood. There were just a couple of mispronunciations that I'm not sure were part of the story or not.. but they distracted the crap out of me (poseur, for example, is not spoken in the French sense when we're talking about 80s "posers"). Otherwise I think the narrator added so much to the story that I can't imagine (as with Tina and Bossypants) having to read this in print. It's that good.
Need a little comic relief? Then listen to this silly book. The narrator does such a great job, really well done.
Tina! You're too funny! Really enjoyed this, especially with her little sidebars. There were parts where I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard.
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