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I have listened to all 19 of the Stephanie Plum novels. There are so many characters in them that you come to love: Grandma, Lula, Connie, Moreli, Ranger, etc -- we even have a movie. But, the problem with the series at 19 is that Evanovich is using recycled events. Yup, Stephanie’s car gets blown up and Moreli’s car in flames. Bombing, knifing shooting, Lula pouncing, stun-gun, and a tiki all set in a mystery that I hardly was able to care about. A tiki, really? Can Evanovich possible pack more recycled gimmicks into a seven hour listen?
Evanovich still hasn’t moved any of the characters forward in their relationships except for a few, inconsequential declarations. Sure Stephanie Plum is a magnet for trouble and that’s still fun but we need to see some character growth. The love triangle is old and way past its usefulness. I would like to see more plot and a little more resolution within the series backdrop. Skip this book, you have read it all before.
White teeth is about two families: Jones and the Icbals. The setting is England in the 60-90s. the plot follows the early development of the families and how they morph and change. If it sounds boring -- it is. The first half of the novel can be deleted and no one would miss a thing. I suggest you start right half way through if I haven't dissuaded you. The only, and I mean only thing that this novel has is hilarious moments dusted throughout here and there like pigeon droppings. Smith manages to turn a phase with the best of them. I very much liked those parts.
I am sad to say that I didn't feel connected to any of the main characters although a few background characters were entertaining at times. Even the humor couldn't carry this novel over the goal line. If the first part of of the book could be deleted, then the last fifteen minutes covered so much ground I though I was reading a cliff note of a cliff note.
Who is going to like this novel better that I? My guess is young people (in their twenties) who have an off-beat sense of humor and are into quirky and perhaps a bit of satiric humor. If it weren't for the ha-has, I would have given it a one. Although, I admit Goldfinch was brutally worse coming in at zero stars -- so there is that.
I wasn't sure about this book at first. I really had no concept of how the plot could be held together. The story opens up on the slow side, in my opinion, but rapidly you are drawn into the work. At first you might be thinking the novel is about Henry but then you might change you mind as you get further. Knowledge is power and the shifting tides of time of this novel help you understand how power ebbs and flow with the seasons of life. I was surprised by how central sex was to this novel, of course it was handled tastefully, but the the author did not gloss over how relationships and emotions intertwine with the characters.
This book is more about the relationship between them than time travel. Time travel is a vehicle to bring poignant moments into focus. Indeed, time travel is the author's tool for cutting out the mundane and focusing on the interesting. There is not a science fiction novel -- this about about two people who find each other and grow. This is about love and despair and sacrifice. I think you should give it a read even if you are little shy about science fiction. It will be enjoyed, in my opinion, by those who have experience with relationships. It more of a coming of age novel than anything else. By the way, I hear there is a squeal in the works.
In Personal Demon we finally see the see a lot more of Carl Marsden. Till this novel, he has been a rather minor character even in the novel he was introduced. We are also introduced to a new type of supernatural -- Hope Adam, again i minor character from an earlier series. Paige and Lucas are back and we see some kicking of butt in the Cabals. One of the things I like about Armstrong is she doesn't recycle plots. She always has some original, something thrilling. Romance is a background for her story, binding the plot points together instead of being the itself.
In this novel, there were two narrators which worked okay. I think is prefer one and Merlington gets my vote. If you read the series, this is a definite good read, it may stand on its own but you are missing a great deal. Give it a read.
In order to appreciate this novel you have to start at the beginning. In Origin, the DoD takes the stage front and center. I will not say more about this; but what is outstanding is the way Armentrout continues to widen the the plot. In the first novel, you get lulled into thinking this is a trite YA romance about aliens, and by this book she has widened the scope and brought many serious issues to bear. She masterfully brings up relevant issues that affect us in society today. If you look beyond her story for her message, I think you'll be impressed with the questions she raises and her opinions she has offered so far.
In this book, Eyre reads from Kat's POV and Shapiro from for Daemons's. This narration is especially potent in the audio book, I am not sure it would be as good if you were reading it. The author's ability to use dialog to move the story forward is excellent as is her character development. I highly recommend the book and I can't wait for the final outcome. If the last four books are any indication, it should be a hit. I hope so, because book three of Divergent and Hunger Games were such a disappointment. That said, on to book 5.
At the beginning of the series, you might be lured into thinking this is a YA teen romance. Well it is and it is very much not. In the second novel, much more Divergent esq., Armentrout does a fabulous job broadening the focus of the novel with surprising turns. Daemon and Kat are back and they stop the petty fighting and unite on a common goal -- can they overcome the DoD, who can the trust?
Okay, Eyre does a great job narrating. If you are are a fan of hunger games, divergent, steelheart, etc. You will love the series and book 2. Give it a read.
ET meets Twilight in this teen novel. Daemon is an alien alright. Katy is the heroine and is really is a great counterpoint to Daemon. What you will really like the unfolding of the mystery of the story. They are many parallels to Twilight if you swap out vampires for aliens and roll everyone back to high school.
The narrator's voice at the beginning is very annoying. But after a while, it settles in okay. It's hard to describe why it is not great; but it Eyre's voice doesn't detract too much from the story; so I'm not going to ding it. This is a good teen novel for all ages.
I recommend it for a nice end of summer beach read.
Okay, I didn't know what to expect. Within 20 minutes I was hooked. I was listening while BBQ'ing outside.When I came in my wife said, "you look crazy out there laughing to yourself while your flipping our burgers. Good thing I know you." It's not that this book is so side splitting, it's that Alkon can turn a phase and pick a perfect analogy. MacDuffie does a fabulous job on the narration.
If you want to know how to handle you pesky neighbors, get those people at work to stop asking when you are getting engaged, or just how to say 'no,' then this book is for you. This is definitely for a person who does not mind strong language and suggestive analogies -- so if these things bother you, you should avoid this book. That said, Alkon goes on to be funny without being vulgar -- a neat trick. She also backs up her advice with reference to the latest psychology ; but, that part of the book is very scant so don''t get too nervous.
I recommend that you listen to this -- it is well worth you time. I bought a print copy for my daughter to read -- she is going to love it.
I think that this work has a pedestrian plot-line, damaged woman with trust issues given up hoping -- in comes hero. Mayberry does a good job with prose. I would have given this book three stars overall if it weren't for Zackman's strong performance. I didn't think this book rose to the level of complexity that I would like to see in this genre. I want more complexity and backstory -- Mayberry fails here. Depth is lacking.
Give this book a listen if you are at the beach. It certainly is a feel good book and if you are in the mood for a happy ending without a great deal of drama -- go for it.
Little Earthquakes is a novel that follows the lives of three women from shortly before their first born through their next nine months. The fourth woman is the main character, Leeia, and is a woman who recently lost her son Caleb. Weiner does an interesting job of weaving four plot lines with at least the premises together in a story that works. You really feel the joys, the sorrows and the emotions pour through in her work. I like very much that she chose the right level of drama.
This is a novel that will appeal to those who have had children and are they are more grown -- perhaps teens or older. I would expect for those couples going through it, they might say it was too tidy of a story because they are in the soup . What I like most was Weiner's ability to get you to connect with women's problems in a way that made them understandable, likable and realistic.
Johanna Parker is fabulous. Don't expect everything to wrap up like a fairy tale, I'm not saying it does or doesn't. I am just saying, don't have expectations. Let the story wrap you up. I highly recommend reading this excellent novel.
The premise is the tomb of the pharaoh that united upper and lower Egypt was never found -- Narmer. His tomb contains something of incalculable value -- of coarse.
The central plot-line is interesting and a new slant on the same-old tired 'let's find a new pharaoh tomb' with new and varied challenges. All of that is good stuff. The subplots were pretty thin and mixed with mysticism that Child just really didn't pull off. I look for change of some sort in the main character -- they should have a pivotal moment of truth and start or stop doing something. The main character didn't -- he was static during the novel and didn't add much in the way of tension or illumination.
I think Child should scrap the characters, keep the plot and try again; make me connect with the characters and care about them. There wasn't one character that I really want to know what happens to after the story is over. I also felt trial and tension points of the hero's evolution were weak. Instead of Child pushing you up a mountainside of conflict and reversals, it was more like a bumpy road of problems and resolutions with clumsy foreshadowing. Child is a great author and McClain did a good job of narration.
So if I am so negative, why am I recommending reading it? Well it is written by Lincoln Child and I am a fan. Plus I return to the idea that the plot is interesting. Give it a listen it won't blow you away; but it does have entertainment value.
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