How can anyone who has read Jane Eyre (or ANY other Bronte novel for that matter) call this depressing tale of a group of petty, misguided, abusive, intolerent and hostile people "the greatest love story ever"? I am confused. Maybe its because these people are more "realistic" in their view? I have no idea, what I do know is that I felt little or no compassion in my heart for anyone in this tale as they all came off as ugly, petty and self centered. I have no idea what the literary powers that be proclaim about the book, I am sure it is adored for its bleak outlook on 18th century life but I think a book can be bleak and still give us sympathetic characters we can actually like. This one failed miserably and should more accurately be described as "what can happen if you are black hearted and evil, or a selfish petulant brat with ill luck and think you know what love is".
This writer has some great ideas that develop okay over the course of the book but I really wish it had been done without all the sophomoric interpersonal "relationship" drama that not only were superfluous but were poorly done and reflected badly on the author. Eg. all the young "girls" in their 20's were hot for the old guys in their 40's, 50's etc. Really Kevin? And one main character, a female cop, had an inordinate amount of blatant sexual harassment perpetrated upon her person which for the most part she handled like a scared 12 year old girl.
Another issue I had was the constant reference of the bacteria as an animal. If you are going to write a book with as much "scientific" content as this book attempts ( I didn't find it overly scientific but a good attempt was made) please use appropriate nomenclature. Bacteria should be referred to as bacteria, bacterium (plural) or as an organism. It does not in life, or even in this book, represent what is commonly referred to as an animal. Although secondary definitions of the word animal could include bacteria, in the scientific community no one would use that terminology. (Nit picking I know but it was so OFTEN it irritated me--kinda like those people that say "HIV virus" Duh.)
And what was probably worst of all was the READER. Dear GOD. Kevin T. Collins OVER annunciates EVERYTHING. His diction is ridiculous, tedious and annoying. Worse yet, he is overly melodramatic and worst of all? At least once in every single paragraph (I'm being generous here) he raises his voice in an interrogative (higher as in a question) in the middle of a statement sentence or at the end of a statement sentence like an annoying teenage "dumb girl" as though he is questioning the veracity of what he is saying. Stab me in the ear please. It would be less annoying. I mean does this guy even go back and LISTEN to himself? Seriously I would think he would be embarrassed. I can almost guarantee a better reader would have made the book less tedious, and maybe smoothed over some of the bad relationship drama but since he reads it like an annoying teenage girl it sounds like annoying teenage girl stuff. Yuck.
That being said I didn't hate the book, and I didn't hate the reader but I did spend way more time thinking about the problems than I did about the story which sort of takes all the fun away. I would have enjoyed it more if I read it to myself but I still would have had issues with character and nomenclature.
Sanderson eclipses all other current sci-Fi authors with book two of the Stormlight Archive. He not only was the perfect person to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time but he proves that his own invention is every bit as excellent and far beyond what any other writer is currently producing in this genre. The story is mesmerizing, the readers are (as always) AH-mazing and Sanderson is king of the world. Here! Here!
There are at least 1000 other books in this sub-genre that are more entertaining, interesting and at least well written. From the back stories to the bad guys to the stupid inner dialogue of each character I just want to stab my ears out. And don't get me started about the "fight scenes". So dumb. Blah.
What a great story from Simon R. Green! I was a little sketchy about getting this because I have found Simon R. Green to be hit or miss for me (sadly more miss than hit but I LOVED all the Deathwatcher novellas but some of his other stuff just left me lost in space...) but I am glad I picked this up. I was laughing within five minutes of starting and immediately recognized John Keating from Gwynne's "Malice" which was also spectacularly read. Love Keating, loved this book!
It's not a romantic novel but a novel about the passion that drives people to work beyond what most people would endure to do that which they love most to do..to dance. And about the cut throat world of ballet, the ever present judgement, and envy, and love and hate that shapes the human condition, sometimes beyond endurance. I last read this book at least 20 years ago and was very pleased to see it available here on Audible. I enjoyed every minute of this story like it was yesterday. It reads relevant today even though it was first published in 1978. And Angela Goethals does a beautiful job narrating. I can't imagine feeling this was a wasted credit although there is a character that until the end is quite tedious and a few that are rather unsettling. But every story has those...
As in..."and here we see a lovely gazelle as it prepares to leap from danger" in very proper upper crust English accent. Very droll darling. Story is a bit of a snoozer too so I dozed a lot during this book. I DID finish it however but was uninspired. Overall: Meh.
The story was quite interesting and engaging however Luke Truan should A. NEVER try to speak in a British accent (he can't and worse starts a sentence with one but finishes it without UGH!) 2. Stop yelling, starting and stopping in odd, random and annoying places and C.Find another career path...please! His voice is pleasant enough (mostly) and he can read, but that's about it. It wasn't bad enough to make me hate him or the story but it was distracting which it should never be. I would still recommend this book though.
This was a terriffic story, within a story within a story. And the static and hiss in the background gave the narration (which was excellent) an eerie, haunting quality and created a richer setting for the mystery within. Reminisce of long ago radio drama, perfect for the reading of such a painful revelation, it created the perfect setting for the tale told by our "protagonist". Don't let the complainers scare you from this one, not as good as The Handmaid's Tale, but hey, few novels are anyway, and this one is full of amusing observational dialogue looking back on the mistakes made in an interesting life, as well as mystery and drama. Recommend!
If the primary charactor had not sounded like Keanu Reeves high on pot in a Cali night club, the narration would have actually been decent. Everyone else sounded just fine really and it didnt distract from the story. Which by the way was very good. Buying the next one now!
I am unashamedly admitting up front that I have not even started to listen to this version (as read by the only person who should ever read this series, the awesome Roy Dotrice), but also I spent two credits (TWO) on an audiobook that I already own because (and I mean no offense to John Lee as I enjoy his interpretation of many books and series and respect him as a narrator) A Feast for Crows (for me) just sucked rotten eggs as read by John Lee as in my head I wanted to hear the characters voiced "correctly" not to mention the names and places pronounced correctly as done previously by RD.
OF COURSE the entire series is STELLAR and I highly recommend all of the books (as read by Roy Dotrice) and I look forward to it's conclusion with MUCH ANTICIPATION!!! Please DO NOT be put off by the earth shattering price of 2 Credits-- this is still a reasonable price for the quality of the literature IMHO.
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