What a great story: Adventure, action, survival,suspense,romance, and life lessons! A strong female character with intelligence and life skills serves as a wonderful role model. A story well-told!
George Guidall is possibly my least favorite narrator. His staccato cadence & poor breath control ruin this story. I am a huge fan of Silva's Gabriel Allon series - noting that some are better than others. I gave this novel 5 hours and finally could no longer tolerate this narrator's rendition of this story. Why on earth anyone would select Guidall to read anything other than the phonebook is a mystery to me. Phil Gigante is absolutely the best narrator of the Allon series.That said, the story itself was not terribly engaging... Silva might be falling into the 'formula fiction' rut.
I loved the wit & dry humor of the author, delivered impeccably by the narrator. The main character's descriptions were thoroughly entertaining.
He captured the essence of Charlie & delivered it. Since I knew that he was also the narrator of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, I was impressed with his amazing performance in this novel. He made the story & the characters come to life.
I laughed a lot!
This is a great light read - it's not fluff, but it's fun.
This tapestry, well woven. with the second generation of the five families is brilliantly conceived and executed. I continued to learn so much history from this time period.
There are so many that it is difficult to choose. That's not a cop-out either. It's true!
William. John Lee does a wonderful British accent. His Russian is good as well. I wish I could say the same about his American accents ... those leave a little to be desired.
I couldn't get over the devastation and horrific circumstances in Germany before, during and after the war. The brutality of war was overwhelming.
I truly enjoyed 'walking in the shoes' of all different kinds of personalities - in all walks of life. AND it had an unexpected plot twist!
A's ultimate gift to R was so loving that it brought tears to my eyes.
Because this book was so 'delicious', I enjoyed stretching this story out. I didn't want to 'gulp' it down in one sitting & have it be gone. It was a story to savor & think about.
I enjoyed the narrator as well. She had just the right kind of voice for this story.
First of all, the narrator: usually female narrators, in my experience, are harder to listen to- NOT so in this case. After the initial chapter full of teenage stereotypes, the narrator was perfect. She has a vocal resonance that is easy to listen to. The story grabs you in the first chapter. Action, adventure, intrigue - it's all here and more. Definitely an excellent read/listen.
The concept is intriguing. Realms, pods, the Death Shop. Clever, creative- a wonderful read/listen!
YA Dystopian societies are not usually at the top of my list of 'must-reads', however, this one is an exception. I'm a high school Teacher Librarian, and a group of students introduced me to this genre. Hunger Games was great. Incarceron, so-so. Divergent, excellent!! Wonderful writer, interesting society-faction concept, twists & turns, a touch of romance and an incredible thought-provoking storyline. Even though I was aware that this was the first of a trilogy ... it didn't spoil the story - because there are so many ways that it can go. The author is gifted & the narrator is quite believable. I highly recommend this novel!
First & foremost, the narrator, Michael Page, is exceptional; His British accent is quite engaging. The author tells a good tale while creating vivid images in your mind - a wordsmith extraordinaire! My husband listened to it as well & loved it - intrigue, action & adventure.
I should've known better - Oprah selected it as her Book of the Month....I usually avoid her choices - respect her...not her book choices. I gave it 24 chapters (it's a 24 hour listen)... I didn't find one likable character... and plot? There really isn't one. I kept thinking that the author was laying the foundation & developing the characters because something was going to happen. Well, it didn't. I had read many reviews before selecting this title & anticipated a wonderful novel. Much to my dismay, I feel that I wasted not only a credit ... but more importantly - my time.
The narrator, hmmm. I can appreciate that he has talent, only I believe that a feminine voice would be much more appropriate since it's a story driven by a female. Frequently, the narrator made it sound fairly hokey. I really wanted to like this....
My regrets to the author & the narrator - this story just disappoints. Katniss' character, no doubt suffering from PTS, is insufferable. As a result of war, people get broken; such is the case for Peeta & Katniss. The narrative sorely lacks.There are jumps in the story & things just 'written off' which are unacceptable. The narrator is unsuitable - in my humble opinion. I, too, got to a point that I couldn't wait for the story to end.
This book was absolutely meant to be performed. The actors & actresses brilliantly bring these magnificent characters to life. What an absolutely clever way to weave history in with fiction. IIt stirs your soul, makes you laugh ... and cry. Simply splendid! Not one to be missed!
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