I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this audiobook. I thought the story was incredibly gripping and creative, and the characters were very appealing. I really was invested in finding out how the book was going to turn out. I like the way the author turned the typical superhero saga on its head. I was completely hooked from the intense opening prologue to the satisfying, although still suspenseful, ending. I am assuming that someone in Hollywood will make a movie from this, because it would be perfect for a movie. In fact, all along as I was listening I kept imagining how the movie version of a scene would appear. Finally, I have to say that the narrator was great. He had distinctive voices for all the characters and not one of them was annoying or grating. I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
We have all read this book and loved it. It's a wonderful story. My teen kids recently requested I get the audio version so we could listen during our long drives to and from school. Unfortunately, we find we have to give up on it. The narrator's voices for the dwarfs is so completely different from those we imagined for the dwarfs, and his singing of the songs ... it's just all wrong. We can't take it.
This book really enthralled me--could not put my ipod down. Very good story, and the readers were great. The last part of the book was not the best, but it was still very enjoyable. I may listen to this one again.
I am really enjoying the story, and the reader does a great job bringing the characters to life. But the defects in the production keep pulling me out of the story and ruining my enjoyment--I can hear someone talking in the background at times, the reader bumps against the mike or something (thump), I can hear pages occasionally being turned. Sheesh. Some of the pauses are way too long. And sometimes the reader flubs a word and then corrects himself. Basically, this reading needed a little more quality-control.
I have listened to several of Terry Pratchett's books--including the Tiffany Aching books with my kids and some of the Discworld novels on my own--and this is now most definitely my favorite. I think he did an amazing job with this book. It's about belief, not just religion, and explores the power of belief for its own sake.
We just loved it. The narrator was wonderful as well. We are so sad it's over!
There are so many ways in which this book and the reading bothered me. I figured out the "whodunnit" way too early. I kept hoping I would be wrong and that there would be another twist, to no avail. The characters were one-dimensional and cliched, which could be offensive in some instances. It seemed at times that the reader had trouble keeping track of all the different voices and accents he was using and occasionally used the wrong one, which was jarring. And a couple of his voices were downright grating to listen to. All in all, I wish I'd stayed away from this one.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I'm actually glad that I listened to it instead of reading it--I think listening forced me to slow down and really absorb everything the book says (I tend to read pretty fast). The juxtaposition of the different voices of the authors (Barbara K., Stephen H. and Camille K.) worked very nicely. Some of the points do get repeated a bit throughout the book, which did get a little annoying. However, that did not interfere with my enjoyment.
The book struck such a chord with me. When I was a child, there wasn't so much transportation of produce and I do remember how excited my mother would get when certain things came "in season." This book really brought all that back. I wish I had read this book in August or July, instead of November! I also appreciated the insight into the corporate food industry. The book makes me want to investigate further.
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