As with the books I've read by Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes is about the inner workings of a dysfunctional family from a small town as they get caught up in juicy legal proceedings. I've learned to expect a twist at the end, but with this book I saw it coming all along--not much of a twist.
In this book, we have a single mother and her teenage daughter--the mother is a judge and the daughter is caught up in legal proceedings after she is present at a school shooting. I miss the father-daughter relationships that Picoult writes so well. I didn't really feel for the judge or her daughter. We also get an inside peek into the perpetrator's family life, but it also seems superficial.
A significant part of my disappointment with this book was the narrator. Monda fails to create identifiable voices for each character, so that sometimes it's unclear who is speaking during conversations. Rather than being drawn in by the narration, I was often confused, and even when I was not, I didn't feel the characters' emotions coming through in the reading.
It's not a bad story, just not the best (I loved My Sister's Keeper and Handle with Care). If you're a big Picoult fan and you're interested in this book, I'd recommend reading it yourself, rather than listening to the audiobook, because the narrator detracts from this story.
I haven't listened to much of this book because it quickly became clear that the audiobook format was not working for me. There's these weird musical interludes that are annoying, and I think I'd rather read it in print. Aptly named--it's definitely a downer!
I'm surprised that the Elantra books are published by a romance imprint, because there is no romantic or sexual content whatsoever. Instead, this is an immersive fantasy tale. It's a page turner, and while it's definitely guilty of some fantasy cliches, that only improves the pace of the story and the believability of the fantasy world. The races are not the usual vampires or elves, so the world and story feel fresh. The plot reads like a mystery (I think--I don't actually read mysteries), but it unfolds naturally, rather than relying on cheap plot twists.It may not be original or epic, but this is a very darn good listen--thoroughly addictive, like movie popcorn but without the calories.
The best part of this book, though, is the narrator; her voice is clear, and she easily expresses emotion without overdoing it. Hvam does an excellent job voicing the characters (so you always know who is speaking), and it never feels forced. Khristine Hvam has become my favorite reader on Audible, and this book is perfectly suited to her talents.
I downloaded this after listening to the free novella, Cast in Moonlight, that Audible had available for subscribers. I'm now working my way through the rest of this series, and all the subsequent books have been satisfying. I highly recommend The Chronicles of Elantra as a series, and this book is definitely the place to start.
This is a great introduction to a great series, and the NARRATOR CAN'T BE BEAT!
This was a really fun book to listen to, and it's stuck with me; I've often found myself reflecting on the story, and retelling parts of it to friends.
Although this story is science fiction, and it takes place in the future, and it's got aliens, it's very much a book about people and the human condition. All of the characters are likable. The aliens are so creative--no cliches here, which is unusual for science fiction.
Niven has a remarkable ability to move beyond the mental confines of our subjective reality, and he has created a world that would never occur to most of us, or even to many other well-regarded science fiction writers.
I really enjoyed the narration. Parker's reading brings out the quirks in the story and the characters, and brings the tale to life.
The book does start out a little slow, but it picks up quickly once we get to Ringworld. Definitely stick it out until the end, because there are wonderful surprises in store for you.
This is a classic, and if you're a science fiction fan check don't miss this.
This is a wonderful re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes, in his later years, as he befriends a spirited and highly intelligent young woman named Mary Russel. The characters seem so fresh, especially since King is not afraid to address the fact that Conan Doyle got some details wrong--this is a whole new, intimate view of the well-loved fictional detective, and it really brings him to life.
Jenny Sterlin is such a fantastic reader that I would recommend this audiobook even to people who have already read the novel. I'm glad that I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it, because the narration really brings the story and characters to life.
I listened to this book practically in a single sitting--I couldn't even put it down to vacuum and do dishes, so I was wearing my headphones around the house all weekend! I'm now making my way through the rest of the series, trying to pace myself.
I highly recommend this book to everybody--male and female, young and old alike, but this would be an exceptionally good book to give to an intelligent young woman who might feel out of place among her peers.
Mary Roach has done it again, with her offbeat investigations of the lesser-known corners of modern science.
Packing for Mars is about space travel, but it opens up the mind to many considerations of life here on Earth as well. She begins by covering the psychological and social qualifications for Astronauts, both in the USA and abroad. The cultural differences between US, Japanese, and Russian training programs are illuminating. Another subject I liked was nutrition and waste management in space.
Sandra Burr's reading--which tends toward professional aloofness, though you can clearly hear the smile in her voice at many points in the story--is very well suited to the writing.
This is a funny book, and enlightening. It's one of my favorite Audible books, and I've recommended it to others (my mom also loved it). If you're very squeamish, you might find yourself fast forwarding occasionally, but I personally loved the graphic bits.
Roach brings science and research to life. I definitely recommend this book.
I downloaded this because it was free, and good thing too because this has become my favorite audiobook series. Khristine Vham is a superb narrator; her voice is clear, and she easily expresses emotion without overdoing it.
I'm surprised that the Elantra books are published by a romance imprint, because there is no romantic or sexual content whatsoever. Instead, this is an immersive fantasy tale. This story is about the young Kaylin Naya, a spirited youngster with special gifts who lands a job in law enforcement, right out of the ghetto.
The story is well paced and charming. The world Sagara builds feels real (if a little cliched). It's a very fun listen and a great introduction to the world of Elantra.
The best part of this book, though, is the narrator. Give Vham a listen!
I think Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator, and I bought this book because I have enjoyed her work on other books. I would not buy another book by Diana Gabaldon, and I wish I could return this one!
Yes. I thought time travel would involve a lot of back-and-forth through different eras, and a lot of adventure, but there was very little action in this book and it was very boring. A very dull romance.
Davina Porter's voices, accents, and pacing is all spot-on.
I was very disappointed with this book because it is a very boring story. I do not plan to finish listening to this book--I stuck with it for several hours because I thought it would pick up, but after a friend told me that it continues to drag on in the same fashion I decided to give up on it.
Don't waste your money or your credits, especially if you are looking for action and adventure. If you're very in interested in Scottish history you might enjoy this book--it's almost a period piece--but don't expect much action or suspense.
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