Michigan, USA | Member Since 2011
How she survived.
The voice of the main character was strong in this story. It would be hard not to feel empathy for her situation and hope for her future.
flat, quiet, unsure
I was very moved by this book. The words painted a very vivid picture of a very scary, troubling way to grow up.
Best - It was a cute fun read. The characters were interesting.
Least - There is a lot of "Jennifer to Beth"... "Beth to Jennifer", in a traditional book this would not have bothered me but in audio it gets a bit annoying. Additionally, there just is not a lot of substance.
Reading it in traditional paper form?
Many reviewers have compared this book to Dickens. I wasn't looking for Dickens. I was looking for a very compelling story, which this had potential to be. Unfortunately, the book headed south for me after the first half.
There are many authors who get very descriptive in the details. One of my favorites is Diana Gabaldon. She really puts you in the moment. I some how find myself imagining the sprawling meadow sprinkled with a very detailed account of some yellow flower. It adds to the experience of the book. And in this novel, buried under far too many descriptions about how each character takes their tea (and pretty much everything else), there is a really good story. I just didn't want to work that hard to find it.
I was not bothered by topics of race, religion, sex or overall very disturbing, graphic violence, but it is worth noting for those with a stronger moral reading compass than I. These things for me invoked emotion that made me vested in the characters outcome, and eventually made it possible for me to get to the end of the book.
The book did start out great. The story does pull you in rather quickly, but I can't help the feeling that the last 3 hours or so, was just fluff combined with a meandering need to complete the book. I wish the book had ended as strongly as it started.
A couple of audio specific things to consider: 1. The narrator does speak a little quicker than I was accustomed to, but I was able to adjust to the faster cadence after a few minutes. 2. The prologue goes on for a while and comes close to spoiling some of the suspense of the story. I recommend skipping it and if you haven't gotten tired of tea descriptions by the end, go back and have a listen. 3. They split the sections in really inconvenient places. It's like someone took a calculator and said, "Yep, that's a third... ." 4. It's harder to skim with audio, and this is definitely a book I would have wanted to skim over some details. 5. On the plus side, there was a bit of singing. Who doesn't like singing? 6. Was it me? Or did Ikey sometimes sound like Jack Sparrow?
Yes. The length of the book was excellent. It was a really good story.
That sounds like a SPOILER to me and I don't do spoilers.
This book is a movie and the movie was excellent. I think that I would have liked the book A LOT more but I had seen the movie and already knew what was going to happen. This took some of the suspense out that would have made it so much better.
My dad always says you can fix anything with duct tape and a hammer. The Martian emphasizes this point well. A man unexpectedly trapped on Mars. I have seen other reviews that describe this as Apollo 13 meets Castaway, this is the best description I have read. It is survival with spacesuits, red dirt and a lot of ingenuity.
The best part about this book is the main character. A lot of laugh out loud moments and a good dose of sarcasm. The sarcastic humor reminded me a lot of the Jim Butcher character Harry Dresden.
There were a few times during this book that I thought it was almost too much technical information, but all of it folded back into the story. It was a great adventure. Before I even finished the book, I started recommending it to friends.
Lower expectations. After all of the hype surrounding this book, I was expecting to be blow away. I was not. It was a good story, but not excellent. I think that some of the horror of the time period and setting was glossed over a little too much for my taste. I would attribute this to it being a YA selection.
What a great narrator. Because this story is told through the eyes of the narrator and not the main character, it was good to have such a strong voice.
The first hour or so I am thinking "Meh... I just don't see what all the fuss is about, just another murder, mystery, who-done-it". And then... (nope, no spoilers here). The most difficult part about writing this review, is that it hard to describe how amazing this book is without ruining it for anyone who has not read it yet.
The premise is that a woman (a wife) goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. The story is told dueling piano style. It alternates views from the husband and wife. It starts off just a little slow... but you have to wait for it... and then BAM it turns into something you can't put down or stop thinking about when you have to put it down.
Every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong and I wanted to know what was right. I wanted to know all the pieces that held it together and all the pieces that would make it fall apart. It is a puzzle that you take out of the box and swear none of the pieces will ever fit together, but somehow they do. Absolutely brilliant!
This is the best book I have read/listened to this year, so far.
Absolutely. It was excellently paced. It was a fun, interesting listen.
The suspense. It kept me interested from beginning to end.
The accent... oh my goodness... the accent... gotta love it! I LOVED the narrator, he can come over and read to me anytime he wants.
I reserve a full 5 stars for "the best book ever" kinda reads, so don't let the four stars dissuade you. This book is without flaw. It isn't one of those makes you think and contemplate life kinda journeys, but it will keep you interested and is very entertaining.
I occasionally read/listen to Young Adult Fiction. Although, I am no longer young and rarely feel adult. I have a 12 year old daughter and I like exchanging book suggestions with her. Finding good books that are age appropriate for her can be a challenge as she is a very accelerated reader. I found found several great books within this genre. We both had great fun with Harry Potter. And I was one of the masses who loved (all but the last) Hunger Games novels.
The premise for the book was awesome and I was very excited to listen to it. Mandatory pretty surgery on your 16th Birthday... sounds super interesting. The story had action, intrigue and decent character development.
So what could go wrong?
I hated the main character and it grated on me throughout the book. She was whiny, superficial and (for me) completely unrelateable (<--- why does spell check say that is not a word, whatever moving on...).
Does this make it a bad book?
Not really, it just makes it a book that is not for me. I got to the end which ***VERY MILD SPOILER ALERT*** was a bit of cliff hanger and I found myself just not caring enough to want to read the next in the series.
I would not know. I have not read the print version. I could have done without the sound effects and musical transitions... sometimes they were louder than the narrator that had not finished speaking. It reminded me of the Emmy's when they are trying to get someone off the stage.
The Devil Wears Prada comes to mind. Not quite as good, but definitely in the same wheel house.
Cute, fun story. Nothing ground breaking, but still entertaining.
I would not say that I was disappointed by the book, but only that I was left unsatisfied.
The words were filled with joy, sadness and excitement at times, but the narration was not. I would have liked to hear more feeling.
She read the words. (okay that was four, but you get the point)
Yes! It was very informative. It was delivered in a very smart, but clinical way. It was opening to something that some of us have only seen protrayed in television shows. I think that there was a lot of good, if you had an interest. I just did not enjoy the delivery.
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