This 2nd book in the Sookie Stackhouse series was really suspenseful and I think I may have liked it even better than the first because it was so fast paced. I like the continuation of Sookie and Bill's love story though find the development of Eric somewhat intriguing and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see where their relationship goes.
Yes, well first of all I love the style of Jodi Picoult's writing and the research she puts into them. Also, I love the thoughtfulness of topics. The first book I read of hers was "My Sisters Keeper" probably my all time favorite. Her endings ALWAYS surprise me. A tragically sad story but worth listening to I thought.
Probably everything I learned about Elephants which I did not know. Her research really showed and she says in an interview that the stories were based on the real life stories of the elephants at the sanctuary in Tennessee. Also she spent time in Botswana learning about elephants in the wild. The story itself was also good and I liked how it in a way was approached from opposite of what I expected. The stories of loss of the elephants paralleled the loss of the mother and daughter, Alice and Jena.
I don't know if I've listened to any of them before. Some people complained about Alice's performance because they felt it was read to slow. I think this was on purpose giving her chapters a sorrowful, heavy, melancholic feel as she described the lives of the elephants. I also really liked Jena's performance and did not find her whiny at all like some others.
She is one of those writers who always surprises me and her books almost always make me cry. I cried alot in this book, mostly about the elephants and their own stories. Also the ending which I only half guessed really got me and I had to walk away from my headphones until I could handle the story later on in the day and not walk into work crying!
I am donating to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and also to the anti-poaching movement that is going on.
Really enjoyed this book and the story line was different from anything that I have ever read. I would not compare it to The Hunger Games at all as some others have other than they are both dystopian trilogys, the former is one of my all time favorite reads (listens?) of all time. I wish there were more answers at the end as really nothing is answered here and so on to book 2 I go ha ha
I know Mark Deakins is a great narrator but I have to admit I had a REALLY hard time listening to his middle age voice for a teen voice, it wasn't even close. It left me feeling like I was being read to instead of feeling like the character was speaking to me which is how most good narrators make me feel. It improved a little by the end of the book because I probably, finally got used to it.
Ok, I know its a trilogy but I feel like all I did with this book was run across a desert and learn nothing really. Of course this will make me download the 3rd book which is now in my cart....I'm really hoping it clears up the many questions I have or I will be so disappointed.
The book did have not stop action and was faster paced than the first book. I can't say I like one more than the other as I liked them both and they were hard to put down. Mark Deakins is a good narrator but I just can't get past him and his voice for teenagers. It distracted me in the first book, was a little better in the 2nd book probably because I just got used to it ha ha. He does do a good job differentiating the characters with his voice.
Loved, loved, loved this story. The first I've listened in quite awhile that had me listening every spare moment I could and would go get on the treadmill just so I could hear more. Storyline was fantastic, characters complex though dark, loved the twists and turns, couldn't wait to get to the end. The ending for me was SO DISAPPOINTING, which is why I gave it one star less. I was hoping for something big and not where it went. It just fizzled out and I was hoping for something good, a gotcha of sorts.
The narrators were both engrossing to listen to and really made the story.
To be honest I'm more of a fantasy than a science fiction fan. I loved this second audio book and it had less of the sci-fi feel to it which may or may not be a good thing depending on your preference. I could hardly put it down and would would listen to it for hours a day. I liked Enders Game a lot and gave it 5 stars but this book touched me more. It was captivating to me and I thought the questions posed about human kind and alien kind were of a deeper nature in this book. I'm sad the story ended and I will be thinking a lot about it in the days to come.
I can see why this was the book Orson Scott Card intended to write and only wrote Enders Game so he could write this one.
I liked the narration though I agree that the weird musical note inserts felt oddly placed.
I didn't know what to expect from some of the negative reviews so I tried to prepare myself for the worst. This may have proved to be my favorite book perhaps because of the inner turmoil the characters go through. Yes, it was dark, sad and bittersweet. But it was realistic I thought in how it portrayed war and the moral lines that get crossed. If you are looking for a happy story, this isn't it, but it is a great story. Not everything in war is black and white and this last segment of the trilogy had a lot of irony in it.
I thought the ending did get tied up nicely and I was happy there was an epilogue which I thought to be a realistic and bittersweet ending to the story.
I thought Carolyn McCormick did an outstanding job in all the books but especially in this book with the emotional turmoil that runs throughout.
Alls I can say is OMG. I think I walked around with my mouth hanging open half the time while listening to this book because of all the twists, turns, and unexpected events. I went back to the beginning and started with Book 1 and then each book in succession until Shadowfever. It was so excellent hearing the story unfold back to back. Very satisfying. All the questions are answered.
This book will make NO sense if you haven't read or listened to the first 4 books. A couple people have complained that she whined alot in this book and yes in the beginning she does but you have to take it in context knowing what happened in the previous 4 books.
This is by far my all time favorite series. The Sookie Stackhouse series would be my 2nd all time favorite series. I am sad to be leaving it and have NO idea what to listen to next.
This was a good story about John and Zhex. I have to be honest, I was a bit turned off by the homosexual line that ran throughout this book. It just left me with a "ick" feeling. A few of the books have hinted in this way but this one was way too out there for me anyways. Other then that I enjoyed the story line and as always J.R. Ward puts out a great story.
I do really enjoy these books. In this 3rd Aisling Grey book she really gets herself into some hot water and I wonder how she will remedy this. In each book things seem to get worse and worse and this book is no exception. The romance scenes don't do much for me in this series and I fast forward through them. I'm not sure if its the narrator whom I actually like or the scenes themselves though there weren't many in this book. I am hoping in the 4th and final book some things get wrapped up!
I enjoyed this listen and plan on downloading the next book. Its a little cheesy here and there but I still liked it quite a bit. I liked the narrator though others are right you can hear her swallow here and there. Any decent editor should be able to get rid of that! Usually I am working out when I'm listening so I didn't hear it much and it didn't bother me but it is there. I thought other then the swallowing bit she had a good voice and it was clear between characters.
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