I will admit that I am a longtime fan of Jodi Picoult but this book ranks very high, possibly the best. I was able to foresee most of the twists but actually "living" the story rendered that irrelevant. I was truly riveted.
The performance was OUTSTANDING. Each of the 4 narrators were spectacular as well as each reader's performance exemplary. When a male character lapses into a quite decent Katherine Hepburn, I was blown away. The voices, accents and inflections were spot on!
I very highly recommend this book. I think it is well worth a peek regardless of personal views of the subject matter or the author.
This book, like the rest of the series, "reads" as if it was written in a hurry. There are several slightly annoying multiple word usage points (repeating something that could easily have been substituted with a similar word). So the actual "text" is ever so slightly sloppy sounding but the story itself is SO much fun!!! It sometimes gets needlessly racy but it all adds to the great fun of this book and this series. I couldn't wait to move to the next volume to hear how peripheral characters introduced in this volume fared as major players in the next book. Bottom line, these books are worth the effort for the fun factor.
This story is quite well and tightly woven. Ms Norris has spun a tale that is well written and if anything, slightly understated, especially considering that the principal characters are teens so it would be easy to get "gushy." The story really brings you into J's world. There are a couple of unimportant details that don't seem to line up but that is of little consequence as I found myself wanting to hear more about this minor character or that scenario. Katie Schorr does a SPECTACULAR job narrating this book. She is quite consistent with this book and book 1 and her range of voices and emotions really brings you into the world of the Interverse. Well done!!!!
This story was great fun. It started of a bit on the slow side but it sucks you in when you are not looking! It is a lot of fun to be in the character of Gretchen and a little frustrating when she cannot "fix" some bully problems (just like real life!!) but can only work on and change the things about herself.
Deb Caletti once again shows how amazing her storytelling skills are. This book fills you with a sense of foreboding from the start. The narrator says right off that a catastrophe has happened but she reveals just enough to keep you hanging on...not unlike an addict getting just enough to keep them going always looking for the next "fix" (the next clue of what is happening...the next level of getting into the characters). This book is riveting. Ms Rudd does a spectacular job reading this tale. Ms Caletti strikes again with another spellbinding, outstanding narrative!
You should know up front that I am quite taken with Ms Caletti's stories and find her writing impressive. This is possibly my least favorite of her books so far...but even that statement is complicated. I read this one before hearing it and I really like the story. Ms Grafton does a very good job narrating the tale but I just had a really hard time getting "close" to Indigo. Ms Grafton's version was a little too flip; she (Indigo) thought she was SO funny but all she did was annoy. Not how I had "read" her when I read the print version. But it is a testimonial to Ms Grafton that she could create and maintain a character that always sounds as if she is laughing as she speaks. It is also important to note that Ms Grafton is able to flesh out a character to the point of making her quite real all the while maintaining a subtle undercurrent of annoyance with Indigo within the listener. Well done!! To get a listener/reader to be intensely interested in the fortunes (sorry about the pun) of a character AND to have the listener CARE about a character that is so difficult to like is no mean feat!!! Rating this was SO hard and I think I gave the performance 4 stars unfairly. It is actually quite a performance when you are snapping at the CD player and getting all annoyed at a fictional character but wanting things to work out for her. This book should be given a chance...a GOOD, concerted chance and if you find yourself irritated and pissed off at Indigo...then please note that is a good sign; that you have been sucked in; you should push on and let the tale play out!
Once again Ms Evanovich reaches out and grabs you to take you down a trail of fun!! The characters are great and even though I missed seeing more of Lula and Connie (and Ranger is MIA) is still is a good, quick, enjoyable story. I really liked getting to see a new side of Mom and getting to really meet Mary Alice for the first time. This book may not be as long or intricate as many of the numbered novels, but it still is well worth your time.
Deb Caletti never fails to grab me. That is why I stayed with this book after I started it. When it started, I liked the speaking voice well enough and the character Ruby, the narrator of the book seemed okay as we went through the opening development of the story. But I began to really dislike the story. It seemed too predictable and annoying; Ruby was a little to innocent and "star struck" by Travis who, in turn, was a little too James Dean-ish. I was about to give up on it when I stopped and thought: "Wait!! Annoying???" If I was getting irritated with the characters, then Ms Caletti had snuck up on me and sucked me into the story. I also have liked her other books so well that I decided to stick it out. The characters became three dimensional and each had a surprising depth once they began to get into trouble. The perceived predictability and shallowness of the characters had been something approaching a ruse. Ms Caletti tricked ME!! Ms Ronconi's narration was sublime. Her voices for the different characters were great...even Mrs. Wong's Chinese accent which could have very easily slipped into cliche...perhaps even offensive cliche. Ms Ronconi sidestepped all the possible pitfalls and between Ms Caletti's writing and Ms Ronconi's reading, I was soon over the hump; laughing and crying as I listened (and getting stares...I am sure!). Please have a listen to this book and have the patience to get through the beginning chapters. If you do you will be quite well rewarded.
I find that, so far, Deb Caletti's books are all the same. They start out easily enough; seeming to be a light, perhaps a little silly and fun "read." Then before I can say WTF she had wormed her way into my consciousness and I cannot WAIT to find out what will happen next. Ms Caletti never fails to leave me with a new outlook at the people around me. No person is predictable, no story is simple. Caletti keeps taking "snap judgment" situations (meaning those that we see and we instantly "know" everything about that person or scenario), turning them into three dimensional living beings, and making all the events, reactions and judgment (both the reader's and the character's) reasonable and understandable....regardless of the reader's personal views or biases. THE NATURE OF JADE is another Caletti story about real people with real feelings in real situations...regardless of how fictional the actual narrative is.
Ms Whelan's reading of the story was beyond reproach. I began the book listening to a young, immature woman and quickly was drawn in. Ms Whelan's inflection and articulation of nuance is AMAZING. She captures many of the characters so very well and her accents and young child voices (Beau in particular) are a riot. Exceptionally well done, Ms. Whelan!!!
I hope these two, author and narrator, collaborate often, for each compliments the other so well. Ms Caletti provides such substance for Ms Whelan to work with and Ms Whelan responds by doing such justice to the material. Kudos to you both!
Jay Asher has done a magnificent job telling this tale. The story is gripping, frustrating, confusing, sad and can bring tears to your eyes. The two primary characters are narrated by two individuals that do a magnificent job. All the tones and inflections are spot on and the way their narrations intertwine with each other is akin to who vines tangle on a tree or rope can be snared in a Gordian knot. There aren't enough superlatives to use with this production. Take a listen!!!!
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