This is a truly wonderful book. It gives authentic insights into the world of Jackson, Mississippi in 1962-1963, and the enormous gulf between blacks and whites in that time and place. Yet despite rampant racism and segregation, one young white woman and a group of black women who, against their better judgment, decide to trust her and help her write a book, are able to bridge the gap, and to discover each others' essential humanity. The narration is excellent -- the three readers sound completely true to character. Highly recommended!
This is a fresh, funny, wonderful book. The protagonist is likeable but imperfect (in a good way), the characters (except perhaps for Denna, our hero's love interest) are believable and fun, and the plot turns are interesting and non-formulaic. I really like that neither the book nor Kvoth, our protagonsit, take themselves too seriously. The narrator is excellent, too. Highly recommended.
This is the first "Song of Ice and Fire" book that I've ordered on audio instead of reading in print. I wish I'd saved my 2 credits. I gave up part way through the first volume. The narrator only seems to have 2 voices -- one sounds like a querulous old woman with a vaguely Scottish accent, and the other sounds like an old man. Unfortunately, all the women's voices, including Dany's -- who is supposed to be a young teenaged girl -- sound like the querulous old woman.
As far as the book goes, I may take another stab at it in print, but I've been unimpressed by the story line so far. Nothing seems to happen, and the mood is definitely dark, dreary and violent. Martin seems to be falling a victim to his own success. My advice is, pass this one by and use your credits for something worthwhile.
I like a lot of what Dean Koontz writes, but Lightening was not worth the listen. The premise is absurd, the characters are two-dimensional (with the exception of the truly amazing Ackerley twins, who were delightful!) Skip this one and listen to something else.
A fun read in the same way that eating cotton candy is "fun", although it leaves you unsatisfied when you are through. The characters are two-dimensional caricatures and the plot is more of a comic book than a novel, but heck, with enough suspension of disbelief, it can be fun.
The protaganist's penchant for soliloquy and for using four syllable words whenever possible gets old really fast. If you love Hemingway's spare style, you won't like James Lee Burke. The plot is interesting but I got really tired of our hero's philosophizing ad nauseum.
The book starts out a bit slow, introducing a LOT of disparate characters, most of whom are not very nice, to say the least. But it gets pretty interesting if you tough out the first 10% or so. The reader's voice gets a bit annoying -- he only seems to have 3-4 different voices in him, and all the children's voices sound nasal and whiny. Nevertheless, it was worth the listen.
This is an unusual, entertaining murder mystery. The narrator was good, and the heroine was not your usual "babe" but a thoughtful, "real" woman just entering middle age, with the accumulated experience and wisdom of some twenty-plus years spent as a photographic journalist. Well worth a listen.
This is a fascinating historical period and the book was interesting. However, the main character seemed to have little to no personality, which made the exciting events and battles far less interesting than they otherwise would have been. Also, the narrator did not do a good job of distinguishing between the "voices" of the different characters. Most of them ended up sounding like querulous old men.
Even for the soft-porn "romance" genre, this book insults one's intelligence. The heroine, Gwen, is supposed to be this scientific genius who suffers from inner angst over her dysfunctional relationship with her now-deceased parents, coupled with her lack of success in losing her virginity by the age of 20-something, but she comes across as whiny and airheaded. It doesn't help that the reader reads Gwen's lines in a whiny voice. The virile 16th-Century Highlander is kind of a kick, but all in all, the book was silly enough that the torrid love-making scenes failed to make up for the rest of it.
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