....this is an entertaining, no-brainer book about the trendiest topic around these days. There are some good laughs here, great reading by the reader, and very simple writing, which is sometimes just what a person needs on the drive home from work to clear the "mental palate" before taking on what waits on the homefront. Don't expect any award-winning prose, but you can expect easy entertainment for the dollar. The first book in this series was the same. [=
If I could sum up a Clash of Kings in three words, they would be as such:
1. Dark. This is a time of war. It is not a time for love. It is a time for loss, battle, difficult decisions and hideousness.
2. Depressing. Really....after my number 1 word above, I don't think an explanation is needed.
3. Brilliance. The storytelling as well as the performance of the reader is outstanding. Although the accents get mixed up every so often (Tyrion has a welsh accent but his family does not) it helped me sort out the myriads of characters in my head.
It is easy to get hooked on the first book...it is impossible not to read the second, even though at times you feel like you're in an abusive relationship with the author...there's a sweet glimmer of hope, and then suddently BAM, the author hits your with something you never saw coming.
As one previous reader told me, "don't get attached to any characters"..... these are tough times....and a story that will keep you reading. Dont miss is....but don't expect it to be easy!!
Hodor. A breath of simplicity is lovely in this story.
His assortment of voices helped me keep characters straight in my head (cuz there's a BEEHIVE full of them in this story!) His voice for the Onion Knight is hilariously pirate, but his mixing up of the regional accents can be confusing at times.
The children from Deepwood Motte
...and then when it did I was a bit sad. A bit. I read the series first book, so when it came to drawn out sex scenes that I wasn't in the mood for, I could just skip the pages. Well, audio books are not so easy, so there I sat in traffic, listening to Jamie and Claire whoop it up in bed without a way to get through it quickly....Don't get me wrong ~ Gabaldon weaves a GREAT story chocked full of Scottish history and culture. LOVE LOVE LOVE that about the book. But sometimes the tedium of the intimacies get....well, sorry Jamie and Claire...DULL and repetitive. If you like many intimacies and lots of locking love looks, you'll probably be calling me a prude and love this series. Fair enough! :) I reckon I just like to her about intimacies somewhere else besides traffic on a commute. It did make me miss the UK, and it was easy to envision the people and places Gabaldon wrote about. The reader? Eh....sometimes struggled with the accents, and sometimes made Claire a bit more whiney than the author perhaps intended. But it is a good read. Will I read the next?? The jury is still out on that for now.....
Creative spin to the continuation of the series.
The characters were differentiated, but sometimes her accents got sloppy.
It has one....
I don't watch the show on tv.... so I am judging straight off the books. Charlaine is getting better at writing. I think she still makes women seem like they LOOOOOOOVE sex more than they really do, especially in the face of lots of chaos. The fact that Sookie has slept with any vaguely attractive character in this series is a crack up, but I really like the character development of Sookie despite her sluttiness and her penchant for describing every outfit she wears. What bumps this series up in stars for me is the reader. She's great. Just the right amount of drama and comedy. Hooray for Johanna, good for Charlaine.
The endings are getting better as the series goes on.
Have not listened.
I don't think this book was meant to "move" .....just to entertain. That it did.
This series is "light reading"...I alternate with literature....kind of like dessert and veggies. Gotta have them both to appreciate them both!
Although I still think it's funny how the main character sleeps with everyone and constantly thinks about sex (like all women do.....right.), Ms. Harris's writing has gotten a bit better with this book. A few interesting subplots, wonderfully unlikeable characters....I listen to this series because the reader is fabulous and the main character, although fakely humble about her looks, has some great lines. Easy mindless listening makes for great (and safer) commuting! Recommended.
The newest penned novel by Nick Hornby was worth the listen, as much as any of his earlier stories (About a Boy, A Long Way Down, etc.) have been...and in that same quirky, "hip" way. It's a current day story for folks born in the 60s that mirrors current day life, technology and thought process. Anglophiles and music lovers rejoice. The reading is good, the accents and voices get a bit odd when other readers take the lead and "do" the characters that they are speaking to, but overall, a very nice alternative to songs on my ipod for a week of commuting. Now back to Radiohead......
.....librarything guessed that I wouldn't like this....and were 78% sure that they were right. But actually, besides the misogynistic thought processes that Mr. Niven had back in the 70s when this was written, it was a pretty good story. A bunch of misfits head off on a mystery road trip to a place they know nothing about. All the characters (well, except for the vapid females) were rather likable...each made me laugh, think and by the end of the book, I was sorry to see them go....pretty good for a book written 40 years ago!
This is a brilliant book to listen to on family vacation if you have teens or tweens.....the basic premise is that absolute beauty comes at a price, and that perhaps individuality and uniqueness is undervalued in this world. Good action, Teen dialog, and sequels!! Rah!! While on a road trip you have a captive audience....use it to your parental advantage and build their self-esteem. LIsten to this book.
You can tell that the narrator/author has a true affinity for each of the characters he created in this luminous and dark story.....you feel each of the characters in every syllable he speaks for them. The writing is imaginative, clever, funny, suspenseful and in the end, you truly feel like you've been somewhere you never even imagined you could go....which to me, is the hallmark of a phenomenal book. Fabulous.
if you're reading this, you've probably started to read this series of books. Now I haven't watched the HBO show, so I'm going on book alone when I review...here goes: There is just too much wishing for sex in this book. I don't know a woman out there who thinks about sex as much as Sookie does in this book....and it seems to be getting worse! I hope this isn't a trend for the rest of the books, because it made this book just barely tolerable. Still, the reader being quite good, and I did get some good laughs out if it. And yes, I will probably order the next in the series, as heck, I'm already in...... (entertainment, not literary genius)
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