Yes I would recommend this book to others. I was hit by a car in 2009 and it gave me a unique perspective to what, "RED SHIRTS," feel. This book reminds you, if you listen between the words, how important your life really is. Even when things are awful or even boring, you still matter in the grand scheme. RED SHIRTS is a story told with a minor tongue-in-cheek undertone that belies just how dire the protagonist's, and indeed our, plight is. No one is unimportant, especially not the RED SHIRTS.
The layer upon layer upon layer of story and subtext rule this wonderful novel. In addition, there is a genuine moment near the end when someone who seems insignificant proves how important the little guy can be.
Wil Wheaton may or may not be a good actor but a good reader he is not. He seems to have virtually no ability to do voices. Everyone sounds the same. Listen to Jim Dale in the Harry Potter. You know Hagrid instantly. Harry you could pick out of a crowd and Professor Dumbledore couldn't sound any other way. But Wil is a one note reader who is painful to listen too.
The sad shame is this book is wonderful and even with Mr Wheaton's monotone reading ability is still fantastic to listen too.
The publishers really have to have RED SHIRTS re-recorded with someone who has the talent to read voices. I don't want to hear "Dublin said, Hester said, Hanson Said" as a means if identifying each character. So many readers can do voices, why recording studios hire people who cannot sound like anything other than themeselves?
I want to hear each character in their voices. Wil has one voice and only one. Sad, sad, sad.
Red Shirts wear a target on their backs, but who do Red Shirts target?
This book is a bit hard to get into just at first only because Wil Wheaton is such an awful reader. He also read for METAtropolis: Cascadia and ruined his segment there, too. I pray that someone catches on that Wil Wheaton should stick to working in front of the camera, and be the true one note performer that he is. Take it from someone who has directed a few one note actors in his time. Wil was never meant for this medium.
I will admit he was a wonderful jerk in the TV series Eureka. But, his days of being the pushy, snot-nosed, know-it-all, kid from Star Trek are long over. Let Wil get on with being an awful actor in front of the camera and not ruin anymore wonderful audio books, thank you very much.
In the meantime, buck up, have patience, and let this wonderful work of writing/reading give you a sense of the tongue-in-cheek, yet deadly serious, reality of the RED SHIRTS.
I've read so many reviews about this book that were negative that I hesitated for half a year to get it after I finished Catching Fire. I will say with absolute assurance, those reviews are 100% wrong. This book is easily as good as the first and second. It deals with the reality of war and revolution, none of which are ever nice. Mocking Jay tells a story that is amazing in its twists and turns. I feel that most of the reviews to which I choose to vehemently disagree were written by well meaning but sheltered people who have either never dealt with the true horror of war, never lived in a truly rough neighborhood or honestly have never lived in a hostile home environment, any of which can mirror so much of what this trio of novels describe.
For you I'm glad that you don't know these horrors but for those of us who do, please ignore ALL negative feedback this novel has received. It is genuine, it makes sense and like Terry Pratchett so often says, "You can't make a "happy ending," you can just make, "An Ending."" "Whether it's happy or not is up to you and circumstance."
There are no hearts and flowers in this conclusion of the Hunger Games trio, unless of course you include President Snow's roses which are a symbol of evil in this and its predecessor books.
Catniss is so damaged by the end of this book that to be honest I'm surprised that her character ended up as she did. However it is realistic, visceral, believable and well crafted. I must take my hat off to Suzanne Collins she is a master of our trade. I consider her to be an author that is well worth investigating further.
I think the thing that most affected me was the correct decision that Catniss made near to the end of the story. So many people criticize it but obviously they do not truly understand our protagonist. Go back to the first chapter of the first book and the conclusion of this book is perfectly balanced. You must see the whole picture to understand the small details.
I love to listen to Carolyn McCormick. She is truly a wonderful reader. Her emotion, passion and intensity relay all the feelings of all the characters she portrays in her readings. What a lucky world to have such wonderful audio talent. Thank you Carolyn McCormick for being the voice of Catniss, Gayle, Peta, President Stone, Effie Trinket, President Coyne and everyone else. Without you this book may have never gained the true reality of "The Hunger Games."
I teared up when I saw Catniss make the right decision. If I knew in my heart of hearts that someone took my most important thing away from me and I could strike back at it I would. Catniss allowed me to deal with those injustices I've experienced through my long life.
Additionally I will say this, to avoid "spoilers," as Dr Riverson so often says. The thing I will reference is Buttercup and the end.
Please disregard all the negative reviews on this book and give it a listen. But PLEASE do not go in expecting a Hollywood ending. You WILL NOT get it. Look for something more along the lines of a Harry Potter ending only a bit more disjointed.
Have an open mind and give this book a fair chance. It was truly inspired and well written. If you view realistically you WILL NOT be disappointed.
Daniel Pinkwater wrote this great novel so many years ago. I was lucky when a friend loaned me a copy of this audio book and I went out and bought it right after laughing myself through the whole thing. It is simply so fun and funny that I felt like a kid again as I listened to it.
Daniel Pinkwater's voice is flexible and really lends itself to all the characters portrayed in this mini comedy. In fact having heard this you may be tempted to go out and buy the book to read as this is only the first few chapters of the entire novel. I tell you right now, go and buy this book! It is simply wonderful.
Whenever Borgel is telling his stories they are so charming and funny even when they don't make sense that you laugh, smile and "do-a-doubletake."
He brings each voice alive. You can see the characters in your head just by the way he gives voice to their identities.
I laugh and laugh no matter how many times I hear this book. It is simply so charming and wonderful that I love it to the end of the world. I also became a major Daniel Pinkwater fan as a result of this one novel and I've been reading his work ever since.
Look to the few other works Daniel Pinkwater has available through Audible. The Avocado of Doom is so fun and funny. The Baconburg Horror is a little less funny but still so enjoyable it's worth the listen. The Neddiad is a long story that is very engaging and tends to make you want to forget everything till you get to the end. It's very worth owning.
The story brings to an end the saga of Rinsewind. Taking twists and turns across multiple timelines. The story carries the reader/listener through an amusing jag. Rinsewind's wonderful talent for running reaches its perfected art-form and his wonderful sense of reality shows that the guys who think they know everything don't always know anything.
There are elements from this book that are not unlike The Gates, and perhaps earlier works in the disc-world saga.
This one is not quite as interesting as The Color Of Magic and The Light Fantastic but it has the same timing, pace and excitement of Eric also from the disc world series. I enjoy listening to Nigel Planer's interpretation of Rinsewind. He has a great talent for bringing the voices alive. Knowing that he was in front of the camera in two of the disc world movies for me gives me a feeling familiarity that the voice just helps.
I laughed and enjoyed so very much of this book. I felt a deep satisfaction at the conclusion of Rinsewind's story. It was liking watching a long journey and seeing the end of the road.
This book is so much an important part of the disc world saga and is a must read/listen.
I never got to write the in print version of this book.
When Samuel and Nerd were re-united in their friendship it was such a wonderful moment.
Samuel and Mrs Abernathy/Bal were the two best voices by this work.
Again the moment when Nerd and Samuel were re-united the moment of friendship was very powerful.
Though Gerard Reynolds is not quite as fun to listen to as the previous reader I still enjoyed the book.
Yes I would recommend this book. I saw the movie and immediately bought the audio book. I read reviews from others that said the audio performance was so amazing. Then I listened to it. The feeling of visceral intensity that I saw and felt in the movie translated into the audio book even more intensely. It was such a great work that I've listened to it three times and I've only had the book for a month. This is a keeper.
A loaf of bread changes the course of a young girl's history. When Peter throws the loaf to Catness I was right there with her and him.
Her voice was so perfect for this book. I liked all the characters she portrayed. Everyone was distinct and distinctive. Her subtle desperation as Catness always came through at every moment during the reading.
Each year a two tributes from each district are chosen. Catness is a girl from District 12 who throws herself into the games to save her little sister. But . . . can she save herself?
This is another case where the book is better than the movie, but this time only slightly. For the reason that this book fleshed out the details the screen had to limit due to time constraints. I still love the movie but I love the audio book that much more.
I've read some of the books. It was an experience to hear it brought to life by a voice. Dr Tachyon's voice was not what I imagined but then I never fully read or digested his description in the book. All the characters came to life for me in this work.
Each chapter is a new story. There are several "literary voices" in this work. Each chapter is written by a different author. This very feature lends itself to the idea that each chapter was written by the character most prominently featured in the segment.
His voices weren't as distinctive as some readers I've listened too in past. However his voice had a feel, sound and quality that lent itself to the era where the story began and progressed through.
Super heroism is a disease. Look out "Body Snatchers," we've got one up on you this time.
Some of the segments of this book are not for young listeners. Personaly those stories too heavily focused on sex did not appeal to me as much now as when I read the books. For that reason the Fortunata chapters got skipped. Not that his story wasn't interesting and poiniant I just didn't like them as much as I did in my younger years.
Diana Wynne Jones has been one of my favorite authors for over thirty years. I bought "A Tale Of Time City," when I was young and fell in love with her writing style immediately. She creates such a vivid world that holds it own life. Her characters in this book cover a full spectrum from nice to naughty, from mean to bullied and from popular to vilified.This story is based in England in the boarding school system of England. The characters are in a forced schooling system and Diana creates a dark unhappy image of that alternate world school system. The story builds including more and more characters bringing them together nicely for the conclusion of this wonderful story.There are a few weak spots in Gerard Doyle's reading style but as a whole this is a great book and a good choice. It's worth a listen and his great for young people age 12 and up.
The character development and twisty and turning plot. The integration of variety of sub-plots and characters makes me want to listen/read this story over and over again.
He is a pleasant reader, his pronunciation of certain words in the English, (not American language) make his reading easy and interesting to listen too.
This book is unabridged and may be too long for just one sitting unless you have a significant time to book listening. This is a great title to listen to when you're doing long range road trips though.
This is a great classic Diana Wynne Jones title. I read this book originally perhaps third in my quest to keep up with her work. It is one of the reasons I kept reading her work into adulthood.
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