I agree with all these glowing reviews, especially the reviewer who said they were in intense pain for Jamie and Claire! I cannot stop thinking about these characters---they are so compelling.
I thank Audiblebooks so much for my finding the Outlander series---I am obsessed.
This second book is absolutely wonderful as it moves back and forth through time. One of the author's brilliant writing touches is to present something---an event that a character tells, and then later reveal what really happened.
I have already started on the third book in the series and I don't want it to end! As I said, I'm obsessed.
I was enthralled throughout the entire, long, long book. I absolutely did not want this wonderful story to end. Hey! Maybe I could go back in time and listen to it again! Naahh.
I even loved the epilogue by Mr. King himself. I was fascinated by all the research he did.
I'm afraid I did not totally love Craig Wasson's narration. He was skilled in Boston accents and some Texas accents, but for me, his voice had an older person's sound that didn't fit with many of the characters, especially the main character and the women. I know that might seem like nitpicking, but listening to a book is so different than reading it. The narrator interprets the emotion and meaning of the words. For this audio book, at times I found myself trying to put aside Mr. Wasson's voice and listen to the words as if I were reading.
Nevertheless, marvelous story, equally marvelous writing from a masterful author.
Because of all the five star glowing reviews, I doubt that my not-so-glowing review will make a difference. But I have mixed feelings about this two book series.
On one hand, I enjoyed the cautionary tale of our society completely breaking down as a handful of people try to control the world. On the other hand, I needed to care about characters, who they are and what they feel. I got very little of a character study as much as I got a computer/internet lesson. And for the most part, except for a hastily thrown-in, not-quite romance, all the characters were defined by their computer/internet actions.
And maybe it was just me, but I got very confused as to who was doing what to whom, and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I kept trying to figure out the Dark Net or the Daemon people or what.
I did enjoy the Stephen King/Michael Crichton flavor, as well as the cinematic quality like the razorback rider-less motorcycles.
But the ending felt rushed and left some unresolved characters. Maybe another sequel.
As far as I could tell from the reviews, I am one of a mere handful of women who have listened to this book. I am not a gamer, but I do understand technology so I was able to follow most of the techno-speak. But, I'm sorry, that does not make a good novel. It mostly served to bog down the story and helped to create cardboard characters.
Anyway, about a third way through, I was ready to stop listening because of the dull, repetitive techno babble. Then finally the story heated up and moved along swiftly, albeit still immersed in techno babble. And gore. Lots of head and guts exploding. Lots of fun. Not.
My favorite parts were when the disembodied female voice spoke as those scenes were truly chilling without all the blood, guts and head explosions.
Without giving away anything, the end (or rather the cliffhanger calling out for a sequel ending), descended into a mess of chaotic suspension of disbelief.
But, what can I say? I'm ready to listen to the sequel.
This installment was a surprise. The plot takes you were you may not have expected. Lots of drama, lots of angst and again, well-written and very involving even for a non-teenager as myself.
I may have to read the next book in the series because as of now, it is not available on Audible. But I will definitely hear Amanda Ronconi's voice as Kaylee.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series that is in the same genre as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This may not have as many levels or depth as Buffy does, but it is very well written and the main character, Kaylee, is smart, funny and engaging.
The continuing plot has really held my interest as well as the trials and tribulations of the kids in high school.
Amanda Ronconi is a very skilled narrator. Definitely a guilty pleasure and a fun listen.
At first, I wasn't going to listen to this installment because I thought it might not matter what the story was about Nash's brother. But I am glad I did listen. I found myself wishing there was more story and I thoroughly enjoyed this very short story, hardly a novella. Good narrator, too.
I love this series.
I am far, far from being a teen, but I really enjoyed this first book of the series. Rachel Vincent is an excellent writer and the main character, as well as all the others, are nicely realized.
One of my favorite genres is urban fantasy (I think that's the term for paranormal in a realistic setting), and this book accomplishes that very well. So well that I got involved in the lives of teenagers in high school, something that I could relate to like Buffy, the vampire killer.
Amanda Ronconi does a superior job bringing the characters to life.
I am on to the next one in the series.
I have enjoyed many of Jodi Picoult's works, but this one I found to be really tedious and unimaginative.
Sort-of Spoiler Alert: the girl wanting to kill herself didn't ring true at all. Her motivation remained vague at best and her character development remained sketchy. The teenagers' relationship grew pretty tiresome and their parents' relationships were uninvolving.
I was really put off by the vocal quality of George Guidall, who sounded way too old for any of the characters and was sorely miscast.
I was tempted to stop listening, but once I was halfway through, I decided to continue. A waste of time.
Oh, and to end this review on the one good note: I enjoyed the use of the lawyer and his assistant from some of the other novels. The only two characters I cared about.
Not the most impressive of murder thrillers, nor the least, but a reasonably solid story. I am not damning with faint praise, but rather I was disappointed at the lack of tension and the almost easy wrap up of the ending.
I liked the main character's situation with the heart transplant and how he had to deal with his health throughout the story. But overall, really not too exciting.
Sort of SPOILER ALERT: I was very surprised at the ending because the film of the same name with Clint Eastwood featured a totally different ending with a totally different villain. Curious.
First of all, Lorelei King IS Charley! She is absolutely the perfect narrator for this character. Second of all, this series is so fun, so exciting and I hope, hope the next book will be out soon!
And third of all, if anyone doesn't like the character of Reyes, they must be, I don't know, from some other dimension?
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