This is a great book, and is beautifully read.
Pratchett has a unique style for picking interesting character names, and he has obviously had a lot of fun with that in this book. Lacrimosa de Magpyr, Cryptopher, Mightily Oats. Even his place names are great - "Don'tgonearthe Castle"
The Audible reviewer Megan Volpert starts her review with "No one on earth has anything negative to say about this book", but I find that hard to believe. For one thing, the author should have invented more of his own superheros instead of re-hashing old favorites. He renamed them, but it's apparent that Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, etc. are all there. The plot is pretty predictable and offers no real surprises.
Thom encounters a LOT of SUPER-negative reaction to his gayness which I suppose if you lived in deepest, darkest Biblebelt or else in the heart of Red-neck-land (often the same thing) you would probably still encounter. It's a little hard for me to go with it in this day and age, but then I live in a socially advanced city so maybe I'm not the best judge on that.
The premise is great, I love the idea of a gay superhero kid. I like his superhero talent, and that he has a great relationship with his Dad, and the story of his disappeared Mom. It's apparent that this is Moore's first novel, but for a first novel the writing is overall good enough. I hope that in future novels he develops his own line of superheros and makes them become classics rather than reusing other people's creations.
Moore writes romance very badly, and the story would have been a lot more interesting without it, gay or straight. It doesn't matter who is involved in a romance, if it's badly written it really grates and romance is well known for being one of the hardest things to write well. Our hero Thom thinks like the heroine in a cheesy romance novel whenever he starts contemplating his own gayness or love life. He jumps to silly conclusions that are obviously wrong, and reacts with equal silliness. Could have been done a lot better, or better yet left out. I dinged this story down to 2 stars instead of 3 for this.
Moore also leaves the open question, if Thom can heal everyone, why doesn't he heal everyone? There are sick people all around him, but he doesn't always fix them. I guess I agree with "David" who also reviewed this book saying: "Yay" for the message, "Meh" for the story".
The narrator did a great job. There are a handful of narrators who are my very favorite and I wouldn't say he falls into that category, but if I wanted another book and it was narrated by him it I'd consider that to be just fine. I didn't mind his voices or inflections at all, and I'm pretty picky about narration.
If this book is any indication, the author never gets any sex and as a result imagines a world where that's all people do all day long. All people, all the time, over and over. When they aren't getting any, they're begging someone for it. I'm no prude, I like sex in a novel, but if you took all instances of the word f**k out of this book I think it would reduce the total length by half. It makes the characters pretty shallow. There is one character, Seria Mau, who is not a sex-a-holic having given up her body to become One with her ship. But even she watches in fascination as her passengers have sex over and over.
The plot is confusing and hard to follow which wouldn't bother me if it was more interesting. I wanted very much to like "Light", and because it was a "Neil Gaiman Presents" book I expected much more out of it. The narrator is really good, and his voice compliments the genera and "feeling" of the novel. The writing itself is great, but the story... not so much. I made it through 3.5 hours but then I threw in the towel because the plot was stagnant and I was bored.
The characters are shallow and not very bright. The fairly predictable plot becomes increasingly contrived by the actions of those same "short-bus" characters.
The narration is excellent and saves an otherwise bland book. The book also hovers too close to the romance genera. I found I didn't care at all about her romantic involvement and was just putting in time through those parts till the "real" story picked back up. I also find it a bad sign when I'm waiting for the author to remember a plot point she set up and which is screaming to be handled or for the character to do something besides dig her- or him-self in further by doing the obviously wrong thing. You should never find yourself rolling your eyes as a story progresses, but I did repeatedly. I was expecting a clever protagonist who did things herself instead of being handheld through life.
I think Tim Curry was born to read these books. His voice is perfect for conveying the sense of doom and gloom that hangs over the unfortunate Baudelaire children. This is one of those kids books that adults can enjoy listening to nearly as much as kids do! I love his method of teaching children new words in a way that ties in with the story.
Highly recommended for kids, and also for adults who love kids stories.
I know that Guidall can do great readings (his reading of "American Gods" for example), but this book was not one of them. It was, in fact, awful. He overemphasized too many words and worse, continuously mis-emphasized. The story might be better if read from a book, or with a different narrator, but I found this difficult to listen to.
I might have enjoyed this book as a very young teen, but wow, is it slow and plodding. Boring and predictable are words that also spring to mind.
The reader, Dick Hill, is great for books about vampires and gritty detectives, but this is not the right genre for his voice. It's not a horrible reading by any means, but the material doesn't suit his style.
This is well read by Gideon Emery, and a great book! I'd describe it as a Science Fiction/Horror/Comedy. The back story for the Concrete Jungle (the 2nd book included after the Atrocity Archive) gets a little slow, but it has a great payoff. Makes me want more office toys!
The book is ok (not great, but ok). The narration is a bit low end. Gavin has the ability to read fine, but her character voices are terrible verging on annoying.
I also was annoyed that the author didn't bother to look up what order mink are in. Hint: It's not rodentia. Mink (and weasels) are in the order Carnivora.
Pratchett is my favorite author, bar none. His turns of phrase and deep characterization give you a real sense of being there in all his Discworld novels.
Nigel Planer brings his acting talent full on in all his readings, and gives each character the life that Pratchett intended when he wrote about them.
Any Discworld book is worth listening to. I have them all, and have listened to many more than once. Best purchases I ever made.
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