YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States | Member Since 2006
I've listened to more than 100 books and never before have I canned a book, not because of the story but because of the narrator. The story might be good - I didn't have the patience to listen to more than about half an hour. The narrator has a passable voice but her pacing is abysmal with long pauses between sentences for no apparent reason, the sound level changes (maybe not her fault) and her diction needs work. I bought the book because of the summary of the story and it might be really engrossing (read by a different reader) - I'll never know. So I rated it on expectations not on the reality.
It just tooooo kitchy for me. In the first scene our heroine has been turned into something gross and her cookie-baking friend is trying to reverse the spell while baking cookies, which the "thing" devours. Hmmm - not my taste (pardon the pun - or don't).
This might be a great book, but I wasn't in the mood for it. Ever been that way?
...but there's always an exception. This woman sounded (as she carefully enunciated every word) like she was reading to a child not like she was telling a tale. I don't know about the story because I pitched the book early because of the narration.
I really liked the story, although you REALLY have to suspend disbelief. The one drawback is that it doesn't end. You need to read the next book to tie up lots of very loose ends. I don't think this has to discourage you, just be warned.
I loved this book and will read on in the series. A great premise of two warring extra-terrestrials with the earth caught in the middle.
I read his Genghis Khan bio and loved it. This one is a bit too "factual" without the glimpses of the people's smaller activities. Maybe the scope was too big and he should have singled out fewer women to profile.
I had downloaded this book a while ago so when I started listening I didn't remember that it's non-fiction. A well told tale of a serial murderer over a span of several decades - how the police missed several opportunities to identify him and how, eventually, a sophisticated DNA search finally brought him to justice.
I shouldn't pan a book just because it wasn't what I thought it was but once I realized what it was (a novel not a fantasy) I listen on bravely but couldn't get into it.
Fun stuff with a consistency that's important to such books - the characters don't suddenly jump in with bizarre powers you never suspected before as has happened with other books I've read.
I know everyone else seems to love this book but it didn't do it for me. Every time a character got into a tough situation someone has another super-power and saves the day. It was much too contrived for my taste.
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