The story is great, very similar to the movie. The narrator is not very enthusiastic and the recording quality is terrible.
This is a story of an older Indian man with old fashion beliefs and extreme arrogance. He spends the entire story bragging about in intellect and ranting about the downfall of Indian culture due to sex, drugs and Western influence.
The narrator did a good job differentiating the voices of the many characters.
I was amused by the main character's disdain of Sherlock Holmes while the storyline is written within the same template.
I enjoyed the Wizard of Oz books and loved the stage adaption and had high hopes of this story. Sadly it was not what I expected. The heavy religious and political plot was clunky and lacking in sophistication. It was also so hard to like any of the characters; I was apathetic for most of the story.
The first time I tried reading the book I gave up about two chapters in, the next time I made it halfway. I hoped that listening to the story would make it more interesting and it did, but it still grates on my nerves.
My annoyance was amplified by the poor audio quality of the recording. Every time I hear the narrator gulp I want to throw my ipod out the window. Even the Audible intro and announcements sound like it was recorded in someone’s bathroom.
After reading the Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake series, I find this story to be a little derivative.
The relationship in this story is far from the sometimes bodice ripping tangles the above mentioned heroines get into, but I'm not convinced the author will not get racier as the character develops.
This character keeps me entertained, but I am not a 'fan' just yet.
Good actress, great job with the selected accents and affects of each character. I really liked her cockney voice for Bones. I have a feeling I would have been frustrated with the writing of Bones if I had read the book instead of listening the audiobook. Some of the writers choices for Brit-ing him up were a little silly. But Tavia made it work.
In the same vein of another Vampire Slayer storyline, Kat happens to live in a paranormal hotbed... one might call it a Hellmouth.
The author paints a very graphic picture of a family of circus freaks, describing their unique life through the eyes of the middle daughter. The culture and assumed normalcy of the family is fascinating.
However the pace of the story was sometimes difficult and I wish the time line wasn't so jerky. I also felt like some of the language was excessive, using extravagant cuss words or harsh graphic detail just to keep the reader (listener) uncomfortable.
Only a few chapters in so far, but I'm really annoyed with the swallows and gulps from the narrator. Where is the sound editing?
The narrator still mispronounces words, but she's starting to get the voices and reflection. It's much easier to listen.
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