I finally made it through the entire trilogy! Wish I would have just picked up the book at the library and not spent credits on the trilogy. Some of the material is wordy and repetitive, probably could have edited it a great deal and just made the trilogy a two part novel. The story was "meh" (all three combined, meh). Tom Weiner the narrator did all he could do with the material; he was very consistent in the entire trilogy. Seemed like a looooong build up to the finale.
I have read many of Sanderson's books and think that this is one of his finest works. Although the book clocks in at just under 46 hours it didn't drag. I was captivated all the way through. The world Sanderson creates is full of detail; characters are not idealized but have their faults which make them more relatable. The narration is fantastic! Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a marvelous job bringing all of the characters to life. Both narrators are able to make each character sound distinct which makes the dialogue flow really well. If you are reading this and not sure if you want to invest in such a long book, let me assure you that there’s no fluff, this book made me want to keep listening all the way through. I was fortunate enough to finish this title only a week before “Words of Radiance” was released, I’m listening to the second in the series now (and it’s awesome so far). Happy listening friends
This book was fun from start to finish! Martinez took our little solar system and jazzed it up, adding life to our neighboring planets/moons. The title character Lord Emperor Mollusk is a bit of an egotistical megalomaniac, but he’s got the brains to back it up. The world and characters are great fun. Scott Aiello did a perfect job with the narration of this tale. Aiello really brought Emperor Mollusk to life, overall his performance is brilliant!
First of all I am very surprised that the author didn't give writing credit to Bram Stoker since that is where the entire plot came from. Instead of Stoker's version of letters penned by the main characters the story is told by Strahd's memoir. The similarities between Stoker's "Dracula" and "I, Strahd" are bordering on plagiarism. I found the characters to be flat and the telling of the story to be blase. I have a hard time understanding the high rating this book has received. On a positive note the narrator Boehmer did an excellent job with the material he had to work with. The character voices were distinct and consistent.
The title caught my attention, “The THINKING Woman’s Guide to Real Magic”. Alright I thought a story line with a strong woman who uses her brains and whit… perhaps a different take on magic, one from an analytical perspective. Wrong. Watered down and glossed over. Don't judge this book by its title.
The book pretty much follows a parallel to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and references the story line SEVERAL times throughout. Instead of a strong intelligent and moxy lead character, we get a woman who follows the same idle plot line of “I like him, does he like me? Oh he’s mean I don’t like him anymore. Oh I’ll just go marry someone else” (disclosure, I hate Jane Austen books and frankly want to slap many of the characters).
Getting to the magic. Weak. Takes forever to get to the magic and when it does there lacks any real thought or depth. In fact it’s when the book gets to the magic that the whole Mr. Darcy complex gets started. At the end of the audio there’s a plug for “A Discovery of Witches” and the publisher would love to compare this book to Discovery… however the only two things that this book has in common with A Discovery of Witches are that the title character is a grad student and that they share the same publisher. I wish for my credit back.
Wow. I loved this book, thought about it for weeks and many books later. The story just stayed with me (in a good way). Characters are well developed and Patton's narration is perfect. I had this book in my library for several months before I got around to it, wish I hadn't waited so long. The story detailed life after an apocalyptic event without getting bogged down in the details (nor was it lacking any depth). Many, many books and months later I still think to my self Alaaaas Babylon. Recommend.
I was blown away by this book. Narration by Juliani is excellent. The journey and imagery that Lem created was to me profound. After listening to this book I rented the movie version. Didn't hold a candle to this book (don’t judge a book by it’s movie really applies here). The planet is a character in and of itself, fascinating. This book made me wish I lived in a universe with Solaris so I could see the amazing transformations created by the planet. Highly recommend.
This is one is like The Stand meets On the Beach. McCammon has a new fan, I'm amazed it took me this long to find this author. Since I have exhausted King I was looking for something that took me on a journey, Swan Song did just that. The book is lengthy but it never dragged for me, McCammon's writing and Stechschulte's narration was a great combo which has left me looking for more from both. The end of the world as it was known came from every enemy state nuking each other; the story starts there and what follows is an epic battle of good and evil.
This story has a great depth. I wanted to read more McCammon after listening to Swan Song (which I also loved), even though the Corbett series is vastly different from Swan Song and maybe not exactly what I was expecting I nonetheless found it rich and entertaining. The main character Michael Corbett is like an early American version of Sherlock Holmes. Edoardo Ballerini is an excellent match for Corbett's character; Corbett has a quiet confidence which is masterfully relayed by Ballerini. I have also listened to the next in the series The Queen of Bedlam and can say Corbett's character continues to grow, his logic and curiosity takes him on a fateful adventure which will lead me to the third soon.
This was the first book of Bently Little that I have either read or listened to, I will certainly look up this author in the future. Bently was able to give extra depth to the story by allowing the reader a look into the crumbling psyche of the characters as their new home scares them to the brink of insanity. Butler's narration is pretty spot on for the book. I had been craving some good haunted house stories lately, this was a pretty good fix.
The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.
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