Bubble of Glee
Everything is wonderful. I know that is not very discriptive or helpful. However, I have had a bubble of glee inside me during every second of this audible book. I've mostly listened to it in my car so as to draw it out as long as possible because I do not want this feeling of happiness to pass.
He brilliantly brings this book to life and manages to carry forward the inflections in character's voices from book to book. When he didn't read the last one my brother and I almost cried. The stand-in did a great job, too, but he couldn't duplicate James' voices exactly though in the end this worked out because Harry was only a spirit and possibly he would sound different so we were happy about it after we listened to it.
"It will be a cold day in hell before I give up my will."
Can't wait for the next book. Brilliant job.
Possibly, if enough time passed. I don't usually listen to most books twice.
I'd only compare it to others in the series.
I have listened to Molly before and I think she's improving. I like her better when she reads the entire book.
That isn't possible for me, so I'd have to answer no. I occasionally drive a couple of hours at a time and I would be pleased to listen to this book for several hours straight.
Molly could do with a little more practice separating the sounds of different character's voices. Unfortunately, writers are being encouraged to reduce the number of dialogue tags--he said, she said, etc--and that makes listening to a book more of a challenge if the reader cannot manage to make each characters' voices unique. I think Molly is up to it but needs a little more practice. She does well on the unusual characters-demons, for example. It's just the young people that seem to stump her. She's miles better than Wil Wheaton, though I don't know if that is any consolation to her.
The narration was below average.
I continue to think that the story concept is unique.
Almost anyone, except Will Weaton. He was worse. I didn't like switching back and forth between narrators either. Ed Westwick read as if he was exhausted all the time. He cut words off and didn't lend what he read any weight. It sounded as if he was bored. I like Molly C. Quinn as an actress but she read her sections instead of acting them the way the great readers do, such as Jim Dale.
There was way too much teenage misery in this book. I felt as though I was back in the misery of Jace and Clary's relationship in the first two books. I know this series are YA's but still...come on...
In the top 25%.
Good ending. Nice denouement.
This is where the "but" comes in. His portrayal of all the new characters was great, as was his portrayal of Gamache and his wife and Gamache's subordinates. But, I did not like his characterization of Clara. I thought it was too harsh. I listened to this book after I'd listened to all the others in this series so I know where Clara and Peter's relationship is going. Clara is softer than Adam Sims portrayed her. I like Clara and I didn't like her much in this book and I think it is because of Mr. Sims' interpretation of her.
There was a lot about Clara and Peter in the first half of the book and then it was as if Ms. Penny forgot Clara was in the book. Clara's reactions to events in the first part of the book were so strong that I wanted some resolution for them. I didn't get that. In many other ways the book was very satisfying. The other scene I wish I had been in on was Gamache's last talk with his son. The author just told us it had taken place, instead of showing it to us so that we could experience the scene. A missed opportunity, I think.
This is the 2nd book in the series. I was of two minds about buying this one after the first. It wasn't the writing, it was the plotting of the invasion aspects of the story. Unless this story is supposed to be an allegory about the differences between the "haves" and the "have nots", there is no good reason not to reveal who has invaded Australia. It beggars the reader's reasoning that these young people could not tell who had invaded them. In the second book, there is a scene where they watch through a window as "colonists" clean and tidy a house. Is the author trying to make me believe that they couldn't then tell who had invaded them? Apparently, Australia is the "have" country and ? is the "have not" country who believes that since they are over crowded, they should be allowed to invade Australia. I'm sorry...What? I also could not credit that Australia is receiving so little help from their allies. If the author really believes that there are countries out there so desperate for land that they would invade another country to get it, then he should stand up and name them in the book. This series is too much like an Australian version of Red Dawn. And, on a minor note, how come no one has cell phones? They aren't even mentioned. I keep trying to like this series, but I'm still not certain I'm going to buy the next one.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend because in spite of having some trouble innitially forgetting Daniel Hill's tv character, Harvey Bains, Daniel does a great job with the narration. His characterization is wonderful.
I've read this book a couple of dozen times--at least. The plot is strong and the love story is tender.
Jack Staple, of course. He's the main male character and drives the book.
There is no doubt that characters being read by a narator rarely sound like they do in your head when you are reading the book. The portrayal of Jack is no different. I had always imagined him with a deeper voice because he is such a big man. However, I soon became accustomed to Daniel's portrayal of him. So, if this is the case for other readers, I urge them to give the audible book a chance. I really think they will enjoy it.
The writing was full and rich as usual. The characters as alive as any could want.
The cadence of his reading allows additional vitality into the story. He injects additional emotional strength to the tale.
There's a hidden treasure in Three Pines.
I was disappointed in the denouement this time around. It was too tightly written and I did not feel as if all my questions had been answered to my satisfaction. There is a danger with audible books and the danger is that your mind can wander and you can miss things. However, I don't think my mind wandered during the last few chapters. I even rewound parts to listen to them again to make certain I wasn't missing things. That didn't help. Something is missing at the end as though several scenes ended up on the editing room floor.
The reading was excellent. It was the pacing of the story that occasionally fell short.
Yes. His descriptions were excellent and he knows how to tease out a scene beyond "It was a dark and stormy night.".
He performed the book, he didn't just read it. The pacing of his reading was outstanding.
I was on the edge of my seat through many parts, but at other times, the writer pulled back and "told" the story rather than "showed" the story. His tension was uneven and tended to be anti-climactic.
I will liken the book's pacing to a roller-coaster. At first there is a long, steep climb. Up, Up, Up we went, getting closer and closer to the fateful moment. However, instead of a death-defying drop at the other side of the apex, there were a series of disappointing hillocks. This does not take away from the excellence of the general craftsmanship of the writer which is why I will be pleased to listen to another one of his books.
Bronson Pinchot. He's an amazing reader. He always brings the characters alive for the listener.
There is an excellent ballance between the action and the personal. This is a continuation of Hard Magic and it follows on perfectly.
I have listened to Hard Magic. This one is just as good. He does a brilliant job of giving every character their own voice. Even the non-dialogue portion of their point of view matches their voice.
Yes. I cannot say any more without writing a spoiler. However, I particularly liked Fay and Jake's characters. And Heinrich's. Okay, I liked all the good guys.
Because of the brilliance of Bronson Pinchot's performance, I will definitely be looking to purchace other books read by him after I finish this Grimnoir series.
I've not read the print version. The audio edition is brilliantly read by John Shea, though.
The characterization is amazing. Every individual comes to life--particularly as read by John Shea. I think I'd listen to anything read by him.
Stokely Jones. He swears too much for my liking but John Shea reads him a treat.
Both. The political side of the Alex Hawke books certainly made me think. Ted Bell portrays them in such a way that I find I'm listening to the news differently after listening to his books.
I kept expecting Lady Diana Marsh to be a bad guy--maybe she still will be one in a future edition.
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