I read this book when it first came out and came away completely unimpressed with it. Why I thought hearing the book would make it better is beyond me. I do not have that British dry sense of humor so find this completely unfunny. I do not keep up with upper crust British social graces so found it lacking charm. The book is well written from a technical standpoint; characterization is strong and narration is more than adequate. Scenes are well written and I could visualize the events as described. Really, it is in many senses a wonderful book; I just couldn't care for the characters nor relate to the events. So, fours stars on writing and narration; one star for my non-enjoyment of it. YMMV.
I liked the story line; it was different and intriguing. The characterization was well done; they acted within the 'person-hood' established for them by the author.
Pacing was good; the story neither dragged nor jumped ahead without reason. And the narrator stayed true to that.
I'm not fond, for the most part, of stories that do not end but are the beginning of the next book, and this one has series written all over it, and not in a particularly deft way. (Although it's not a cliff-hanger either.)
SPOILER**It's a love triangle, although the female protagonist isn't one of those romance Tall and Blonde and Gorgeous heroines, thank heavens. Relationships develop rather than are thrust on one.**
All this said, I do not think I'll be going to the next (and the next and the next) book. The set-up seems to indicate more of the same, and she did it right the first time; I don't think I'll need a second helping. But YMMV. If you like the genre and don't need clothes falling off every time the characters get close to each other, you might like this. Not a 'gritty' book although there is violence.
Enough world-building to spark my imagination, not so much as to leave me lost and confused. Some of the 'slang' didn't make sense, but it was a mild distraction.
Lots of different concepts touched on here; 16 and pregnant and shipped off to an off-world school...could have gone so many ugly ways, but it didn't. The violence and blood-shed is left at remove; perhaps too far removed but it wasn't there for entertainment. And the aftereffects of being subjected to violence are nicely ignored. Which isn't a bad thing, in my book. The YAs this book is aimed at don't need another book of angst and guilt, IMHO.
Options for the pregnancy are touched on without judgement; if you have strong opinions one way or the other, probably it is best for your blood pressure to pass on this book. But were my daughters younger, I would have enjoyed going out for nachos and discussions about this book. Heck, if I knew of an adult book club reading this book, I'd join in a heartbeat. It's one of those, without having it jammed down your throat.
And the ending is an ending; no cliffhangers and the reader's imagination is left to figure out what happens after the HEA, and I find myself imagining what's next.
The narrator is capable; characters are fairly well differentiated and the pacing and pronunciation is well done. My complaint, were I to issue one, is that she sounds fully adult, and the characters for the most part are 16. Quite a disconnect for me, although the story is generally enough to carry the occasional dissonance.
All in all, worth the time and the money, although I probably won't listen to it again unless I find someone to talk about it with me.
What an unusual, and entertaining, book! The addiction stuff rang true; the characters act like human beings, and the story stays true to the characters as presented--no plot driven people here. Different. The cover makes it look pretty grim, but it isn't overly graphic or nasty.
And the narrator is PERFECT. The accent sounded spot on, and she made the characters sound true to themselves. Pacing is good, and no weird quirks that narrators sometimes have.
Altogether, absolutely worth the time and money. And for me, it wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining in print form. Brava to author and narrator, on this one.
Action, suspense, great characters and a well-written story. I am getting used to the narrator/voices in my head disconnect (you know, when what you're hearing isn't how you thought the characters should sound ); Ms Corbett is absolutely capable-her men sound like men, her accents are amazing, and I like her voice.
If you're up for a decent forensic series without a lot of gore and isn't going to leave you unable to sleep at night, allow me to suggest this entire series. And I do suggest you start at the beginning to get the full flavor of how things are put together and who these people are.
And I'm delighted to say that while this series is beginning to flag a bit, it is still a solid 4 stars.
The snippets of fiction at the beginning of chapters is, to me, weird. Not complaining, just saying... However, I don't think I've enjoyed a narrator more than Ms Quirk. The story is well done, but repetitive in little ways--I think it was six times in the book that the hero lifted the heroine (and once a secondary female character) seemingly effortlessly. We got it, you're showing us that he is strong. Showing rather than telling is part of good writing, however, twice drives the point home, more than that gives me to understand that the author thinks her readers have poor memories or she, herself, forgets what she's written or perhaps just is over-invested in her hero.
That having been said, I enjoyed the Raven Prince. I failed to find it particularly witty, but it had charm and, while not historically accurate in speech or setting, it is done well enough not to overly jar this reader's senses.
And the author has a very good grasp of grammar. Only once was I jarred from the story with a grammar "huh?', but turns out it was correctly written. So she wins a HUGE number of points from me for that. Especially in the oral form when an error is so jarring on both halves of the brain.
So, to sum up, the narrator reads as though she is actually invested in the story without going over the top and without sounding bored or emitting the verbal equivalent of an eye roll. The author does a creditable job of telling a story (foreshadowing by the chapter introductions notwithstanding) and if you like the genre and are looking for something that might hold your interest for a long car ride, this just might be what you're looking for. Certainly far better than a lot
of the swill out there. And as always, YMMV.
The behavior of the protagonist was just too childish for words. She carries dog poop up to a neighbor's apartment because she's mad at her. Yep, that was about the end for me. She may mature, she may not, but I've already done it once and don't want to watch her try. Not that it may not be someone else's cup of tea. I confess to wondering what the missing dog and the palm itchiness is all about, which is why I bought the book. Do not care to wade through the rest. I'll wait til someone else reads it and get see if s/he will tell me.
The story was not at all what I was expecting, and it was all the better for that. I'm afraid to say anything about the story, because the expectations might ruin it for you. But, no violence, ideas offered, a great imaginative tale that kept me guessing, willingly, til the end. Wish I had a book group to discuss it with. YMMV
While the preface wasn't believable, it was fun and I liked it. Chapter one was also worth several grins, although for me the narrator (who can, bless her heart, do humor) puts the emphasis in, for me, unlikely places. I find myself repeating the phrases to figure out why they didn't 'work'. But then, it wasn't distracting enough to make me stop listening.
If you've read Julie Garwood before, you know what to expect, and you'll get it in this book. It doesn't feel phoned in and, while I may not listen to it again any time soon, it wasn't a waste of time or money, either.
Interesting story, well-researched without being a 'snooze', and I like the main character. The story is believable, the characters act like people with real issues and problems. There were a few things toward the end that rather had me scratching my head and wondering if it were believable, but then, this is fiction.
I've enjoyed this entire series, and while this book stands alone quite well, I'll find myself going back a couple of books to catch up on some of the back story. I suspect those that HAVE read the entire series and have a better memory than I might find some of the frequent references a tad boring.
The narrator does a wonderful job; the pacing is great and no annoying to me lilts and cadences that tend to grate after a while.
I read his Seven Daughters of Eve when it came out in print and had a wonderful time with it. So when I heard about this book, I got it. It is, for me, fascinating information and a nice stroll down geek alley. The narrator does a good job of keeping the book at a conversational pace rather than a lecturer's measure. While the book is too technical for me to drive to, it isn't so abstruse as to require a technical dictionary or a degree in BioChem to 'get it'. (I did get rather a jolt from his implication that mitochondrial DNA was co-opted as slave labor rather than the symbiotic relationship I had always heard it was; but that is part of the fun of reading this stuff.)
Anyway, if you've any interest and want some science in your life, this might be the book for you. Part One of the book is a rehash of Clovis points and stuff you've probably already seen on The History Channel or PBS, and it is said as though it were fact instead of supposition (number of warriors in the chase and women relegated to watching the children play in the water, you know--same old same old) but it paints some worthy word pictures, which was fun.
Perhaps it would have been better (to my mind) if it had broadened the sweep of information and been less specific as to groups, but I found it a worthwhile book and well worth the time and credit spent.
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