Converse, TX, United States | Member Since 2005
This audiobook was a great teaser intro to make a reader interested in reading the rest of he series. A free short story from the series, rather than just a chapter is a much better way to get somebody interested in buying into a new series.
This story, being a short story preview vs an advance chapter, gives you a little background and leaves you wanting more without just cutting you off at the end of the chapter.
I can't wait for The Returned.
Garth Nix is one of mine and my family's favorite authors.We spent many a car trip listening and relistening to The Keys to the Kingdom and his stories of the Old Kingdom. Another adventure in the Old Kingdom has been eagerly awaited by my family for years. Now it's here and Audible ruined our experience by choosing a terrible narrator.Graeme Malcolm does sound a bit like Tim Curry, so perhaps that is what they were going for, but his pacing when reading the narrative was awful. I felt like my ears were on an audio roller-coaster.
First, I love Molly Harper's books, and I think Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator. I've listened to 3 different series she's done by other authors and she's very talented.
I really enjoyed this different paranormal romance from Molly Harper. The story and the characters were interesting -- a classic haunted house story, with a tragic love story, and Harper's humorously, flawed inhabitants. The story was not a unique one, but it was told well.
However, in this narration, there weren't a lot of characters with different accents, which Ms. Ronconi, is great at, so it was a little difficult at times to tell who was talking, especially with the female characters.
So, overall, while it was still an enjoyable "read", it didn't feel like it was one of the best efforts from either the author or the narrator.
The story was interesting, but the narrator's voice ruined the book for me. It was so hard to get into the story because i had such a hard time getting around the narrator's squeaky, nasal, high-pitched voice. She also didn't differentiate the characters very well so it was hard to know who was speaking. You could also hear her swallow a lot.
I recommend that if you're going to read this series, do it the old fashioned way and skip this audio version.
I really liked the story. The concept was fun. The character of Michael was well researched and written. The story seemed to be a little awkward at times like when Emma referred to her mother as "Mercy Hall" as if she wasn't actually related to her. There were times when it seemed to be lacking in depth but it is hard to give the story an authentic review based on this audiobook. The narrator just did not do it justice. She had no character definition, so you never knew when one character changed to the next. She lacked emotion so it was hard to follow along in the story - one minute you were with Emma at her house and the next you were at Eric's without any real transition. I think for this series I'm going to have read the book, because the audio just didn't cut it.
Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, the author likes to drop the "F" bomb, so be warned especially if you're listening to this in mixed company.
I liked listening to the way Ms. Grandin thinks. Also, Andrea Gallo does a good job of expressing Ms. Grandin's thought. Temple Grandin has had an amazing career in animal science and really enjoyed the way this book made the reader look at the world from the animal's point of view.
The listening experience was good. The book was just weird and the free previews that went along with it don't make it into the actual story really.
I didn't like the direction of the story. It felt scattered. Characters were introduced and then dropped and their stories added nothing to the actual story.
I like his range and vocal talent.
At least it didn't have a HORRIBLE ending.
No. The story is silly. 15 minutes of a grown man playing lets pretend.
Something by Robert Heinlein or Stephen King
I'll wait for it to be available on cable.
Everything. The story just didn't make sense with the path the other 2 books were leading. It makes you wonder what the point of it all was?
She could have written a better ending. Also, I didn't care for the 2-person point of view. If she wanted to tell the story from Four's point of view, she should have either started out the series that way or she should write the story over again from that point of view. It would make her a lot more money.
Emma Galvin has done a great job so far as the voice of 'Tris.
The narration was good on the audiobook, but no, the book had no redeeming qualities. I wish I had never read it.
Not the audiobook. The novel itself is very interesting. I've always wanted to see Macbeth as a novel vs. a play. However, as wonderful a character actor as Jim Cummings is, he is not that great of a narrator. His Scottish accent is so thick it is hard to understand and he doesn't distinguish the characters by doing the different voices very well (the big reason I almost exclusively read audiobooks these days).
Braveheart. Pillars of the Earth. I don't usually read novels like this, but it compares to any of the other good, medieval historical fiction I have read.
The voices and less of an accent.
No, it's very long and hard to listen to. The narrator's strong accent makes it difficult to do anything else while listening because you have to concentrate on his words so much in order to understand what he's saying.
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