Salzburg, Austria | Member Since 2010
I quite enjoyed the story. It's about a young girl who loses everything she has but matures into an adult while regaining what she can while defying cultural authority, convention and finds that true love doesn't have to be in the form of a shining knight.
The narration at first was, for my ears, very childish. Before I got used to it the pipey, teenage female voice (albeit very suited to the age and sex of the main character) was quite distracting. But the work was well done and I did enjoy the book as a whole.
The story was also enjoyable, with enough twists and turns and creativity to build suspense and interest for the whole time.
Maybe. Not right away, but later - another time, after I've had time to deal with everything that happened in part 3 (or was it 4?). It doesn't end the way I wanted it to, but it ends the way it should.
I haven't, but I truly enjoyed his writing style. Excellent descriptive talent, describes bizarre things so clearly that you wonder how no one was ever able to do that before. I wish I had that talent, I really do.
It was FANTASTIC. I would listen to another performance by him any day, for sure.
I can't answer that clearly without spoiling it for others, but the moment that should have moved me (and there is one) never came. Perhaps in a later installment? I did frequently chortle at various points and enjoyed just about everything.
I've heard Lev Grossman described as the common-day CS Lewis, but no, I don't think that's correct. He does take the idea of Narnia and the world between and the other worlds as a rather obvious basis for his idea, but he does so much with it and takes it so much frather that there is little of CS Lewis's work left over. What happens here could never have happened in Narnia - it is darker and deeper and much, much more faceted. Quentin's experiences and journies and his growth - and some times his frustrating lack of growth - fascinate and frustrate, at the end you want him to fulfill what he should, to become what he can. It's like watching a teenager who refuses to grow up, instead stubbornly staying put despite everything. But it is a great ride, and gripping. Definitely worth it.
Interesting story with some really good plot twists and some threads that are a bit predictable. For Sanderson readers: there are elements of some of his later works in here as well and it's interesting to see what he has done with them since writing this book. Unfortunately the narrator's reading style is a constant thorn, there was no point where I forgot that I did not like the narration.
This unabridged version is quite delightful. I heard the abridged version read by Helena Bonham Carter but it was too short, too much was missing. This version is complete, and very well read. Unfortunately the sound is inconsistent, often too quiet at the beginnings of chapters, but aside from that I heartily enjoyed it!
No wonder this narrator was chosen as narrator of the year... If anyone can make a rather long fairy tale interesting, she did. Well done!
Fun, lighthearted, funny, well-read. An enjoyable bit of fluff for a lazy afternoon. Enjoyable main and background characters with a few interesting twists.
Very enjoyable! I really enjoyed hearing from all the original actors, and Carey's imitations were also spot on. A glimpse into the filmmaking world that shows acting isn't always sunshine and rainbows, although in this case it was a lot of fun. I watched the film again right afterwards, and enjoyed every moment - again. Perhaps even more...
This book started out with a great premise and a good beginning, but the narration by Mark McClain Wilson was awful. I hoped I would get used to it, but it just became more and more annoying. He may have separate, convincing voices for each character, but that is the only reason he received the two stars I gave him.
The story itself also bogged down significantly in the middle and was very, very straightforward. I was interested up to and including the first battle in the desert, but then either Honor Raconteur ran out of ideas or fell in love or something, because it all goes downhill from there. The story is very predictable and overly clichéed, two characteristics only emphasised by Mr. Wilson's overly emphasised reading. I had the impression that Raconteur wrote this off the cuff, because there is no character build-up, no story planning, no foreshadowing for later events. And although I've not even finished my listen, I know that absolutely everything will turn out fine and the main character will succeed with nary a hitch, be rewarded by the queen and live a peachy keen life in a world filled with roses and rainbows.
Further, far too much time is spent with the main character wooing a woman just two or three months prior to the battle of his life, something that tested the bounds of credulity as this was a lifetime soldier with only one goal - to save the country (and therefore the continent? kingdom? who cares?) from annihilation by a country with an army x-times larger than his. And then a woman distracts him? Of course all turns out fine (yawn - not even finished listening yet and still sooo obvious) and before, during and after the procedure we are treated to trite, emotional scenes which try to be moving and humourous but which only caused my eyes to roll.
Frankly, I don't know which factor made this experience so negative. Was it a poor story read by a narrator trying too hard? Was it a good story butchered by a narrator? I will certainly give neither the author nor the narrator another chance so I guess I'll just have to live in ignorance.
I used to read a lot of these as a teenager but have since gotten caught up in other genres. I bought this during a sale to give the audible romance genre another chance after a bad choice and was well rewarded! The characters are lively and have great personalities. Susan Ericksen's reading was good, but occassionally the character's voices were not distinct enough. The story is complex enought to be interesting and the romantic bits are also fun. I would definitely listen to another book by Ms. Heath!
I'm not even done listening and I simply have to write that I loved it. I bought this on some sort of sale to brook the time before my pre-order arrived and am hooked. I will definitely listen to more from both Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. Don't want to stop listening, am sad I only have another half hour of book to listen to.
Although the name Camel Club is quirky and appealing and the characters in part enjoyable, I did NOT like the book or the reading, although if you can get through the first four hours you'll make it through the rest. Accept the following: it's very cliché. Bitter Arab/Islamist? check. Mysterious, tragic hero? check. Quirky formulaic side characters? check. (Although I did like Caleb...). Then there's the coincidences... there's just... so... many... the island, the boat, the restaurant, the parallel break-in (I don't think that's a spoiler, it is a suspense/crime/spy novel....). Jonathan Davis' reading doesn't help at all. Too little difference between the voices (except for Caleb, maybe that's why I like him so much) and the reading tries too hard to be suspenseful. Also, Davis' voice changes too much between breaks. As a final affront, there's sometimes music at the end of a chapter, but even that is inconsistent and detracts more than it improves.
Oh dear, I nearly forgot the thesaurus style of writing, with bizarrely placed high quality words in the mouths of unsuited characters. Such a shame, really. I wanted to like it, the whole way through.
But I didn't, so I can't recommend it.
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