I never read Nancy Drew books growing up (I'm 42) but I had always been curious about them. I thought the audiobooks were a fun way to get to know them, especially with Laura Linney as the narrator. It's true that the writing is quite old-fashioned and not so "politically correct" as another reviewer mentioned, but I found it to be charmingly quaint, not offensive. I was surprisingly absorbed by the twists and turns of the plot. I cannot say enough about Laura Linney! She is wonderful. Overall, this was a fantastic light & easy listen.
I like to alternate between a serious book and a light, "fluffy" book. This fit the second category perfectly. I found it surprisingly funny. I giggled out loud several times listening to this book in public, which I haven't done since the last David Sedaris book. It was also quite touching in some parts, much like the TV show. Overall a very satisfying listening experience. I will be buying more in this series.
I resisted this book for a long time. I didn't think I wanted to listen to a story about competitive and superficial suburban parents, which is the impression I had of this book. I'm really glad I decided to try it. I was hooked from the very first minute. It was light and fun listen with just the right amount of drama. The only word I have for the narration is "special". It made me care about the characters way more than I would have if I had just read their words. The writing moves fast. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Maybe not a serious and important Oscar winning movie but very entertaining and surprisingly complex. I found it unpredictable without being farfetched. I don't know when was the last time I actually stopped in my tracks and said "oh my god!" out loud during a book. I did it a few times toward the end, once startling the person next to me on the subway!
I absolutely loved the fast paced, no-nonsense action and the gripping suspense of The Grey Man. This sequel does have a lot of action but the plot is meandering and uninteresting. I am more than half way into the book right now and, after giving it many chances, I have decided to stop listening and return it. I rarely return books even when I am not completely delighted with the reading. In addition to the weak story, what really made me turn it off in the middle of a sentence and delete it from my iphone is that I just couldn't go on listening to the author's portrayal of the only female character Ellen (a main character) as being consistently stupid, illogical, helpless, and whiny. None of the characters in the first or second book are exactly subtle, but I was disturbed that even a six-year-old child character speaks and thinks more intelligently in this book than Ellen, an adult female lawyer.
I've listened to the entire series and loved the experience. I felt myself completely transported to another world. The action is super exciting and the characters are unforgettable. The narration is perfect. It is very different from the Harry Potter books but if you are an adult (like me) who enjoy well-written young adult books, you will enjoy the fun and the originality of this series. I didn't reallly like Artemis Fowl after the first book... I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the second one but I'm glad I continued because seeing Artemis develop as a character is what made me truly love the series. I often laughed out loud listening to the books and even cried a few times.
It started off great with an interesting premise and fascinating historical details. I liked the narrator's voice and her various accents. About half way through, however, the story loses steam (both in action and in romance) and just meanders on and on in a very repetitive way. With about 2 hours left, I realized that I just didn't care anymore what happened to the characters so I stopped listening. I'm glad I bought the book on a major sale because I would have been upset that I wasted my credit on it.
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