I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was released?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.
If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.
I just could not follow this book. At all. I really enjoyed this author's VA and Bloodlines books, I even wrote a 5-star review for Vampire Academy. I bought this book expecting to love it as much as the others, but I just COULD NOT get into it. I've struggled through 15 chapters, but there is just too much going on and not enough backstory. Also, it seems as if the author drew mythology information from many different cultures, but she did nothing to tie it all together.
I think that if the backstory was better-developed I would be writing a positive review. I really hate to give up on books, so I'm going to pick up the book at the library. Maybe the printed version is easier to follow.
Audible classifies this book as YA 11-13, but I do not agree. I enjoyed the story, but I found some of the language to be a little abrasive for that age group. I would say it is more appropriate for ages 15 and up.
The plot is engrossing and intense, and because of the subject matter I found myself having to take breaks from this title to listen, read or watch something more cheerful. The narrator is excellent, however, and I will definitely purchase the next book in the series.
For literally YEARS, Audible has been listing this book in my recommendations. Every time I saw it, I would scoff and scroll past it. Then a few weeks ago came the fateful day...the day that I was out of credits, out of books to listen to, and broke! I was looking for a cheap, fun read to hold me until my new credits posted, and lo and behold, there was Vampire Academy...again. I think it may have been even cheaper than usual, so I bought it with no expectations. For the first hour or so, I was not impressed. The beginning of the story borders on silliness, but I kept listening because the story was so original and unusual (and again, I was broke and out of credits). After a while, I found myself actually wanting to know what happened next, I found myself smiling as I listened, and a few times I totally burst out laughing.
I don't want to give away any of the story, because I think part of the reason I liked this book so much because I knew NOTHING about it and none of my friends had read it, so I had no spoilers. It's definitely not high art or great literature. It's simply a light, fun, well-written, story that provides some escapist entertainment.
I enjoyed it so much, that I used my next two credits to buy books 2 & 3, then I bought three extra credits so I could get 4, 5 & 6 at a discount! If you like the YA/Fantasy genre, and are an older teen adult, this book is definitely worth a listen. I do not recommend it for teens under 16 because I'm a mom and a prude, and there are some mild sexual situations and plenty of underage drinking. Not to mention the occasional f-bomb. But, c'mon...it's soooo cheap. What do you have to lose?
And if you DO like the book, whatever you do, do NOT see the movie. That's two hours of my life I'll never get back. Instead, buy the next book!
I had high hopes for this book because I had heard good things about the author and the synopsis interested me. But I didn't make it 10 minutes into this book before I wanted to stop! The narrator is dull and bland, she had absolutely no emotion at all. And the story is so disjointed. The author does little to introduce the main characters or set up the plot...I literally felt like I was dropped into the middle of a book and given no backstory. I tried to keep listening, but after an hour and a half the novel was still so poorly developed that I had to turn it off.
I downloaded this book because I have been reading and enjoying the recent rash of surprisingly good Young Adult fiction (Twilight, The Hunger Games, City of Bones, etc). This book was not on par with those--it lacked the wit and sophistication of those other books. I was only able to make it through the first three chapters of Uglies. If you are over the age of 14, I recommend you not waste your credit on this one, it is most definitely written for children and younger teens.
I was so excited to download this because of the recommendations from my friends. I didn't even wait for my credits...I bought it! But after listening to the first chapter I CANNOT go further. Alice Sebold is the absolute WORST narrator I've ever heard. Yes, even worse than the computer-voiced audiobooks you can get as podcasts. I still want to read the book, so I'm going to put myself on the waitlist at the library. I sugesst you save your money/your credit and do the same!
Loved the story from beginning to end. Well worth the listen, I look forward to more from this author.
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