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I selected this as a crash course in ecology to supplement my graduate studies in a related field. The content is just what I'd expect in an introductory course, the lecture style is quite nice and his voice is pleasant to listen to. Wish there were more lecture series like this available!
I loved the first novel in the series so much I pre-ordered this one (both as audiobooks). About halfway through this book, I started to lose interest in all but the main characters as that familiar, droning Jordan-esque tone set in... I realised the author was trying to ensnare me in a looooong tale that iterated through minutiae. I got very sad, as I really wanted to like this book, and somewhere in the last few chapters, I gave up.
I love sci-fi, especially stories about aliens among us. This book did not disappoint on that front.
The main character was well developed, and I was intrigued by its progression through different 20th century situations.
The narrator had a pleasant voice, but clearly needed a Samoan language lesson. I've spent time in both Samoas, and am sorry to say almost every word and phrase was mispronounced. It became annoying to the point of distraction.
No, no extreme reactions to the book. In places, the writing seemed forced and some scenes were predictable. There were also some racy scenes that I just couldn't engage with.
The story took some very interesting turns, but overall fell kind of flat. My guess, without looking at the details, is that this is an early book for a new author - it has that rough-around-the-edges feeling.
The writing was rather poor; as I got more and more bored with the story I started to count the number of times the author used textbook adjectives to try to make it more interesting.
She was a reactionary, seldom moved the story forward of her own volition.
Anyone. The narrator had a whiny voice that eventually drove me to stop listening.
The story line had some promise. I would like to view the movie to see if it was improved by screen adaptation.
I enjoyed every one of the Bartimaeus trilogy, and listened to them all in rapid succession. The narrator (Simon Jones) really makes this series shine. He does a perfect 'sardonic jinni'! This might be classed as junior fiction, but it appeals to adults as well.
I have read many, many fantasy books over the years. I generally love books in the genre, but this one is proving to be a challenge. Just can't seem to get engaged with the story. Maybe it is the reader or the pacing. About to try again from the beginning, if it doesn't stick with me this time... on to the next book!
I'm a big fan of Gould, and wanted so much to enjoy listening to this book. However, the audio is not good quality - to the point of giving me a headache. Please consider posting a better version.
I like unabridged books, so I'm always ready to sit through 20+ hours of narration. And I was pleasantly surprised that this was a vampire story; I actually didn't read the description too closely. I love the story's slow unfolding through europe in the cold war era, the woman narrating had a beautiful voice. And the account later in the novel of dracula describing his library was exquisite. It did drag at times, and the constant retelling of Vlad's real life atrocities was a bit much at times. Also, I didn't quite buy the mother's reason to abandon her family for more than a decade. But I did enjoy the journey, and the tale was enjoyable to listen to.
I've been reading fantasy novels since I was a kid. Someone handed me the first novel in the Wheel of Time series last year, and I had a hard time reading the paperback version with all the made up words, names, and places the author has invented. I thought "why not listen to an audio book, and see how to pronounce this stuff?" I totally got hooked to it in audio form. This installment is well read and a pleasure to listen to, and now I know how to pronounce Aes Sedai =)
Coming-of-age books can be great and moving reads. This book was loaded with emotion, and chock full of beautiful descriptions of life on the ocean (or bay, as it were) by one who obviously loves it and is well versed in the subject.
There is plenty of what I'd expect a young teen to be thinking of and doing in this novel. But, about one-third the way into the book, I started to doubt a 13 year old could ever know as much as Miles O'Malley did. The story started to flatten for me as more and more very detailed facts about marine life, elegant quotes from Rachel Carson's writings, and very adult emotions came tumbling out of Miles. As Miles drones on about clams and the reproductive habits of obscure squid, I found my attention drifting more than once.
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