The narrator did a great job of portraying the character's feelings and viewpoint.
I think it should have been fictionalized more. There were whole sections of the character's life that weren't all that interesting, but since the author was basing it on a real person, we were stuck with that. Maybe the book should have just been shorter and not tried to cover her whole life.
She did a very good job portraying emotions and views of the various characters
Mrs Tom Thumb is the one you get to know the most, as everything is seen through her eyes. She did have an amazing life.
Sarah Waters as usual gives plenty of period detail with a background of unknown menace. But every part of the book could have been much shorter. At one point near the end, the main character thinks about how boring life is when things drag on and on. I shouted out "Yes!" to my iPod, as that's how I was feeling about the book. The narration was good, that's what kept me going, and there was some suspense about various incidents, it's just that it took forever to resolve each one. And I didn't need to know quite so much about housekeeping in 1920!
This is a book about books, about magic, and about the magic of reading itself. Books are the brightest part of life for the young heroine, and are also her doorway to connecting with other people. The narrator is the incomparable Katherine Kellgren, who gets a whole new accent to voice, Welsh, which she does terrifically. I so wanted to meet this young lady and share her enthusiasm for the joy of reading.
This is a book I put off for many years, because it was supposed to be hard work. It probably is if you want to study all the allusions to mythology, Irish history, Shakespeare, etc. But It's wonderful just to listen to. It's full of poetry and song, sometimes just in the middle of a sentence. It does take concentration and I listened to some sections more than once, always picking up new things.
I'm working through it with a book group and I've been listening first, then looking at the text to see what I missed, or what visual aspects there are (as he does play with that as well.) This must have been very challenging for the narrator and I think he does a great job.
If it weren't for the brilliant narration by Kellgren, I probably would have listened to 1 or 2 of this series at most. At this point, I think the author includes scenes, songs and voices just to show off what Katherine Kellgren can do.
The events keeping Jacky and Jamie apart have become quite farfetched and some of the plot twists are predictable . And yet there were still a couple of surprises that were logical based on information we already head, but that I didn't see coming.
This is a story with an unusual hero. It takes some time to get to know him and understand what makes him tick. Some readers said he seemed too innocent to be a 15 year old but I think there are kids like that, and when you get through the book, you can understand why. I thought the narration was very good.
The underlying story from WWII is fascinating, and this coming from someone (me!) who swore off WWII books for the indefinite future! Shute has a positive view of humanity and even in the war, there is only one really evil person. He shows how ordinary people can rise to extraordinary situations and how eager we really are to connect and help each other. I chose this book because I so enjoyed the same theme with a very different story in Shute's Trustee from The Toolroom.
There are a couple of flaws to the book. I think the later part is all sort of epilogue and not as strong as the earlier sections. Having the story told by a third person is a little odd, since some of the time he is narrating things he couldn't really know. And the casual racism toward the "abos" is a bit alarming.
The narration is very good, rather subdued but it works fine.
The main character is a clever idea, a mystery writer who actually is himself a thief. I liked his personality and his attempts to work out his novel's plot. But in some ways he was awfully dense in solving the mystery of this story. And the plot became pretty unlikely. At one point the hero just happens to be at a particular spot to recognize a clue. It was also a bit more violent than I like, I think more than was necessary. The narrator was very good and kept me interested, but overall this was nothing special and I probably won't continue with the series
From the descriptions, I thought this would be a medical thriller about a pandemic sweeping the world. That's a category I don't particularly care for, but I knew with John Scalzi writing it, there would be some heartwarming moments and some humor. It turns out the pandemic is only the backstory. The main story is a police mystery and a look at future technology.
I have the version with a choice of two narrators but to me Will Wheaton IS John Scalzi, and vice versa. (I got to hear Scalzi read once and they actually do sound alike!) So I doubt I'll even listen to the other reader.
Besides being creative and funny, Scalzi always has a message about respect and human connection (or even nonhuman in some books). Here he has a great hero who is a decent and peace loving guy but can really kick some butt when he needs to -and enjoy it.
I was a bit disappointed that the last section was the "prequel" rather than more of the main book. I wasn't as interested in hearing other voices or characters at that point. There certainly could be sequels and I'd snap them up.
Nothing deep or serious here, just geeky fun. I'm not sure if the audience is supposed to be young adults. It would certainly work for them. Fans of Ready Player One should enjoy it, but it's lighter in tone. Give a guy magic powers and all he wants is unlimited burritos, beer and board games - plus flying is not bad.
It wasn't what I expected from the description of a modern young techie adrift in the Middle Ages, but that's the point, he doesn't find what he expected either. The well-done narration contributes to the humor.
I found this appealing but I'm sure many listeners will be annoyed by the mostly well-off East Coast young people whining about what they don't have or can't do. It could have been shorter. Also it's mostly in chronological order but then items will be thrown in out of order for no particular reason.
The characters' happiest times are in high school at their arts camp. For many of us, being an adult is way better than adolescence but those people keep trying to return to their youth, which of course never works.
The narration is very good and it kept my attention. It's an interesting contrast with Shotgun Lovesongs, which is also about a group of friends in middle age regretting their lost youth. I think that one was deeper than this book.
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