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Please read AND listen to this entire series. It is so well written and the narration is right up there with "Water for Elephants". The themes - love, death, lies, family, depression, jealousy and coming of age are timeless. This story is not just for kids.
And the writing ... oh, the writing! You will literally feel like you're in the room, or in the woods, or inside the character's head all the time. You will feel the cold, the biting wind and smell the almond, autumn scent of wolf.
Please join me in pleading with Maggie Stiefvater to write one more in the series ... I'm not ready to say 'Goodbye' to Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole just yet. THIS IS MUST LISTEN!
The richness of the characters, plot and setting will charm you out of sleep for a night or two, at least.
Early on I felt like I was commiserating with one or another of them. Susan's characters are always charming and full of love, even the most hon'ry ones - you'll meet a doozie of a woman in this book. Of course, it was ridiculously witty, some dry, most sarcastic, all good-natured.
An honorable mention must go to the EXCELLENT narration of Anna Fields, who brought every character - whether aged eleven or seventy-much - to life. I actually read 'Charmer' on the strength of her narration of another author's work.
It's a good-length book, and the story bounces and dashes along. There are, literally, no dull moments (thank goodness!).
Without spoilers my three picks for memorable moments would be "The Arrival of Wild Jack", "Neeta Teaches Riley To 'Walk'", and "Dean Expects The Worst". Read the book and you'll find each one.
It should be a romantic one, but I choose 'Catfight at the 'Grill Barn'" .... Hi-larious!
Hahaha ... "Country Strong" Meets "Taming of the Shrew" meets "Cheers (If It Was Set on an Old Farm in Kentucky)". Sorry, best I could do.
You will not regret the credit spent on this fabulous novel. It's funny, full of wisdom, and of course, lots of love.
Probably not, but only because this is not my favourite audiobook genre. This said, the narrator was EXCELLENT. I have come to realise that the narrators who focus on voice affectation and emotion rather than differentiation are extremely good.
The story is very funny from start to finish, and because it is set in an small town, it has a quirky retro charm that most mature readers will enjoy.
I can speak to favourite scenes, and I can honestly say that the banter between Sophie and Finn is absolutely heartwarming and funny.
Laugh, definitely laugh. It would actually make a great Rom-Com, as the story reads like a cross between Sweet Home Alabama, Bridget Jones' Diary and Jerry McGuire.
The overarching theme of the book is the conflict between modern and old-fashioned attitudes towards intimacy, relationships and power. It also hints at the benefits and pitfalls of living in a broken family. All in all, an easy, entertaining read.
Yes, but only he/she is a lover of young adult paranormal fiction and Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo styled mysteries.
No, because this story started in intriguing fashion, then got lost in a distracting, somewhat pedantic whodunnit (along with several hitherto important characters), and only came back to life in the closing minutes of the audiobook.
This sounds worst than it is, but the climax of the story when the main characters, beautifully named Renee and Dante, fully experience their unique connection and union is the most memorable part of the book.
I think more thought could have been put into her dramatic voice-over of the Dante character. It took a long time to warm up to him because of Davies' droning delivery. Should have been more 'undead' and less 'half-dead'.
No, partially because of the length but mostly because of the boring middle chapters.
Author Wood owes it to her fans to tells them what happens after the end of this first installment in the story, as it has good legs for a tighter, faster moving sequel that focuses on the main characters and less on solving a mystery.
I will buy this book for my children to read when they are old enough. John Greene hides nothing.
The audio edition is impeccably narrated by Kate Rudd, doing this poignant story full justice with perfectly moderated voicing that focuses on the characters' evolving emotion and the plot's tonality rather than gender and age.
There is no book I have read in recent memory that I can compare this novel to.
Having lost my mother to cancer at a very young age, the book's themes and plot hit home in a way no other novel I've read has.
Augustus (Gus) is so very brave. Hazel is so very honest. Together they make a very smart and emotionally engaging couple in a tragic relationship. As their laughter gives way to tears and dread of eminent loss, so will yours.
Gus' stoicism is reminiscent of my mother's. It is always amazing how the dying use their last efforts to cheer others, and the soften the blow of loss for the loved one. He forces you to remember loved ones you've lost to cancer as youthful, vital, happy and worthy of remembrance as themselves, not what their disease has wrought.
And Hazel's sweet devotion toward the end ironically reminds me of the Bible passage:
This will become essential, and probably yearly, reading. This is, bar none, the very best book I have ever read, listened to or experienced.
I liked Patch's character (silly name, though) and I have no affection for the main character, Whatshername - maybe I no longer understand teenagers, but I remember being much more interesting at that age.
I would have upped the pace of the story quite a bit, as well as created a more engaging ecosystem - the town where story is set, surrounding geography, community colour - for the characters to live in. Coming off of the Shiver series, this aspect of the book was lacking.
The jury's still out. Given the reviews I'll give the series one more book before deciding if I'll warm to it.
This is a great read for teens - both sexes - who enjoy roller coaster adventure, crossed with rom-com (romantic comedy) with a good dose or religion and theology thrown in to season the story. You will laugh, shed a tear and even hold your breath throughout this book.
Jake Thorne, the hellish antagonist of the first two books in the series brings
It's always a treat to have an author record his/her own audio book, allowing the story to enjoy the conviction of its creator. Adornetto puts her shrill voice to good use, keeping her numerous characters' tones, personalities and demeanours well differentiated throughout an engaging 13-hour performance.
This book was extremely entertaining, and while it was emotional in spots, I mostly hooted with laughter throughout. With its more positive storyline and the right acting talent, I can easily see The Halo Trilogy eclipsing Twilight as the next big graphic novel turned movie franchise.
I was fortunate enough to read Halo before Hades - I recommend this before moving on to this second book in the series. Fabulous book!
I finally feel like I know this character, Peter. In the books that chronologically follow - the story of Alice and his brother (who he made), Jack. he comes across and angry, mean and agonized. In this book his humanity finally breathes.
Peter is the protagonist and I like him because he always acted with the best intention, but I'd favourite Elise. She is his first love, his friend and confidante beyond the grave, in many ways his moral compass.
I only gave 4 stars because I was hoping for a male narration. She did an excellent job.
I think my eyes got wet once or twice, when he went home to a dead Elise and when he spoke of Alice. If you're a hopeless romantic, you'll love this book.
I would like to read the entire Blood Approves story in Peter's words. As a more 'mature' reader his perspective is mature and refreshing. Hocking's prose finally flows fluidly when she writes in his character's words. He is her muse.
Having read the entire series over five or six days, I was happy that Wisdom was worth the journey. I'll probably read this every year, and take some more time to understand Hockings' writing style.
In an odd way, Wisdom and the entire series had overtures of the Twilight series in some parts of the plot and of course the main character love triangle.
I think Friedman hit her stride in this book - this was the most convincing of her performances in the series. I found the characters better differentiated this time around.
I think the film's slogan could be:
I would not recommend reading this series of books out of order -- be prepared for the story to move slowly at times but to be thoroughly satisfying at the end.
Can I say
The moment when Marlena's schizophrenic husband strikes her and Jacob steals her out of the circus camp ... It's the moment that her husband loses her, and I think he knows he won't get her back.
I honestly can't pick one .... maybe when the menagerie escaped was my fave. The narration of this was so good that, as I listened, I felt I was in the midst of the stampede, stripes and snorts whirling around me.
I would invite the young and old Jacobs. They are both idealistic and insightful, in spite of their years and because of them, respectively.
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