Too many narrators and too many writers with the resulting effect of confusing the voice and pace of the book. First, the narration: each chapter has a different narrator so any indentification with the character is lost for the listener. We hear the thoughts of character Rosemary in a woman's voice, then a man's. As a listener I struggled with the continuity of the story because I had to change my character perceptions with each new voice. Secondly the same problem occurred for me with the pace of the story. Every time the author changed so did the language and pace of the story - the tone as well. Perhaps if I had read the book instead of listened I would not have experienced the level of distraction I did. I would not recommend the book nor the method with which it was produced. I do believe PRODUCED is the correct word. As far as being predictable - well, it had a twist - but not so clever as to be exciting when unveiled. Overall a disappointing experience created by many good narrators and writers.
I read this and the first book of the series. When I began reading the first book I was not too sure that I would enjoy listening. It began slowly. The longer I listened the more involved I became. Then the first book ended and it was like going into withdrawal. I had to buy Freedom immediately to listen to the conclusion. The characters were interesting but the story was haunting. Read the first book first then read this. You will enjoy it if you have any kind of secret techy or geek inside of you.
I would compare it to a modern "1984." We do not stop to think about the freedoms we are losing in the name of facebook.
Never listened to Jeff prior to this series - I will look for him. He does a good job of differentiating characters.
This is not the future - this is happening now.
I really bought into the possibility of this story. Not a positive take on what we currently call progress.
This book was not for me but friends of Billy might associate themselves with it and enjoy it.
Don't get me wrong, I love Billy Crystal, but when I started to listen to the book it seem worn, cliche', and a rehash of his life. It was depressing instead of funny. The same old complaints when jokes are ok, but when woven into a "this is my life" story seemed cynical and sad.
Billy Crystal did a fine job of narration. I do not think anyone would or could be any better.
I wish Billy Crystal had written about his life instead of scripted his life from old Jewish jokes. I was very interested and prepared to enjoy this book. Instead I had to escape from the noise and shut it down after I was half way through.
Julia (Julian?),Beatrice - if I met her I would be afraid to stay in the same room. She swoons, shivers, sweats, trembles, hums, groans, moves from bliss to anger at a word and trips, breaks, shakes, fumbles and stumbles her way in and out of consciousness. Gabriel is almost as bad with his saccharin and demeaning sweetness, He lacks most bodily control at the drop of a sigh yet drinks himself into obliviion without raping or insulting anyone. Is he just a sexy happy drunk and vicious yet hungover lover? Together they make quite a pair. They vibrate, twitch and hyperventilate at each other's touch. Ugh! I do not know if I can suffer through to the end of the novel before I am moved to vomit along with Gabriel - or maybe I could just accept the pain invoked by channeling Julia and hope that it is all just a hallucination of my own.
I usually love Card and have read most of what he has published. It was a surprise to find myself hoping for the book to end. While parts of the book were interesting, many more were long-winded postulations as to the nature of paradox and time flow. I began to feel that I needed to find a rabbit hole myself.
I began my listen and almost pulled the plug! Background music, short, clipped first person dialog, and outrageous storyline. It slapped me into listening. Then, I began to understand that this was not just an audio book, it was an audio experience! The main character told his story with outlandish seriousness. I laughed out loud at his internal dialog. This was a fun listen. Looking for more.
The title stopped me in my tracks. No, I was not interested in some lame story about a cursed castle etc. I do read reviews, however, and could not ignore the intensity with which this book was praised. So, I took a chance. All I really want to say is, "TAKE A CHANCE!" I enjoyed the performance completely. The writing was clear and the main characters well developed. I found myself growing more curious as to how the author would end and was very happily suprised. This is a plain old good book. I will look for more by this author and this narrator.
I don't know whether it was because I was trying to hear the "real" tv Dexter's voice or imagine the thoughts he might have, but Jeff Lindsay did not do it for me. His delivery for me was weak. Well, he did write the book so I have to believe he delivered it just as he intended. I was also unhappy with the divergence of the events between the series and this book; which includes people from the series being alive in the book who are dead on the tv series and Dexter's sister knowledge of his 'hobby' in the book but not on the television. I think if an author is writing for a character who also has a television show that he should at least keep the story history consistent. I found the story interesting but Jeff Lindsay's Dexter was too sloppy. If not for the interesting story I would have given the overall rating for this book a two instead of three star.
I think this was a good listen. The story was longer than necessary due to detailed descriptions that were often repetative - however I could not decide whether they were without value. The characters were interesting and the narrator was able to convey each with subtle difference in voice and tone. There were a few times that I had difficulty knowing who was speaking but that was because I listen in my car and came in and out of the story at strange times. Overall I am glad I experienced the Night Circus.
This has been the BEST listen I have had so far. I thought that The Help was amazing, then Branaugh's reading of The Heart of Darkness blew me away. Reginal Hill delivers a variety of easily identifiable characters in what might otherwise be a complex book to understand. I was hooked from the beginning, although I did re-listen to the first few chapters to be sure I understood the groudwork and characters. If you want a wonderfully involved cast and even more interesting subplots listen to this book. I think it would be better than ever reading it!
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