After purchasing the two David Sedaris audios and being so happy, I had been looking for something equally hilarious. I really had hopes for this audiobook based on the preview clip and the fact that I like Ellen, but was seriously disappointed. There were a few amusing moments followed by 3+ hours of unfunny, monotone, meanderings. Spend your money on something else.
I thought this was going to be a book about vampires, the supernatural or something interesting. Instead for the first 2 hours there is 5 minutes of actual plot and the rest is the two leads describing in obsessive detail how hot they are for each other. Repeatedly. Was Sherrilyn Kenyon being paid by the word?
If you are expecting something along the lines of Buffy or Angel or Anne Rice, forget it. This is not that book. Imagine a main character with no interests or skills. She falls madly in love with the vampire because he is so handsome (she repeats this often) , and he loves her for her smell (he mentions it repeatedly). There is no character development, I think Bella actually becomes less intelligent as the book progresses. Very irritating. Definitely not worth 2 credits.
This is a short captivating story that totally draws you in. The characters are vividly described, so that you feel you are seeing them. Neil Gaiman is an excellent storyteller, both as the writer and as the narrator. It's been a long time since I've become so caught up in a story that I couldn't turn it off, I had to find out what happened next. It might be a little too creepy for very small children, but everyone else should enjoy it.
I have read Pride and Prejudice every summer since I was 15. Even knowing how things will turn out does not make the book any less enjoyable. Jane Austen created some truly wonderful characters, with whom it is always a pleasure to visit. I have high praise for the narrator. She handles the voices so well, and gives each character a distinct personality. Her interpretations of Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Collins alone would make the purchase of this audiobook worthwhile.
Of all the audiobooks I have downloaded, this was my favorite. The story of King Arthur is a classic for a reason. The production and the narration especially are well done. Having a talented actor doing the reading makes such a difference. The listener is completely drawn into the story. I would highly recommend this.
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