OK so I'll be honest. The movie intrigued me. My kids made fun of me because I would watch the trailer over and over again but I wouldn't go watch the movie. I'm not much of a movie person - the trailer was creepy enough for me. But I made the decision that I would read the book, then see the movie. I really loved this book. I loved the narration which was very soothing and SUCH a wonderful contrast for the eeriness of the content. I think that was my favorite part! Now I can't wait for the movie to come out on DVD. I am planning SUCH an evening for my family...
This book is incredible. I liked Reamde by Neil Stephenson, but THIS is what I was expecting that book to be. I am so glad I found it from reader comments.
There is really nothing I can add to all the other comments readers have posted on this book. I could NOT stop listening, but I dreaded the end because then it would be... well... over. And I DID NOT want it to be over. This is one I will listen to again and again.
I am probably not going to listen to it again simply because of the length and the over abundance of detail. That is NOT to say, however, that I won't recommend it to other listeners who like this genre. Overall I really loved the story.
One of the things I loved best about Reamde is how all the characters worked together to get to the very satisfying end of the book. So I really do love them all. I did, however, think the romances were a bit contrived and unnecessary.
I loved his performance. No, the accents weren't perfect but I like a reader who helps me keep up with the characters and he did that very well.
Absolutely not! But I don't consider that a bad thing. This was a book that I wanted to listen to when I could give it my complete attention, which to me praise for a book rather than the other way around.
Reamde was a wonderful book written by a wonderful author. That being said I had a very hard time getting through the book. The level of detail was sometimes very necessary, and othertimes just tedious to the point of distraction. It did take me several weeks to get through the book because it felt very heavy. Again, that's not necessarily bad, but depending on what other things I was doing at the time I would choose other books to listen to rather than this one.
I absolutely would recommend this book to other Neal Stephenson fans and anyone else who likes a well thought out, detailed story.
I really did like this book up until the very end. Yes, it was a bit out of the ordinary but I love books like that. I loved the characters (even when I was mad at them) and I looked forward to listening to the story progress. Then, it ended. It is not like the ending was unsatisfactory - it wasn't. It just seemed like about 100 pages or so were missing. I seriously backed it up because I thought I had missed something. I even checked a print copy of the book to see if maybe the recording was messed up. Nope, it was all there. It was as though she just got tired of writing and skipped a bit of the story line just to get to the end. It was really weird. And it made me sad too because I would LOVE to hear what actually happened in that skipped time.
My kids and I love fantasy books and were excited about starting a long series that we had heard a lot about. I'm not really sure where everyone gets that Michael Kramer is a great narrator unless they have stuck it out and listened to more books in this series. Frankly, he starts out AWFUL. We almost stopped listening just because of him. His cadence is so predictable and completely got on my nerves for the first 2/3 of the book. The first part that Kate Reading read seriously saved this book for us and we kept listening.
... and then about 2/3 of the way through it get SO much better. We are now almost finished with the 2nd book in the series and it is wonderful. Yes, this book has a slow start. But as you continue with the story you understand why - it NEEDS a slow start. I'm rating it pretty high even though I never thought I would get through it. Give it a chance and you will have a great start on an epic series.
I downloaded this book to listen to with my teenage daughter. We listened to about 15 minutes before I had to stop it. In that time there were at least 10 instances of foul language and 2 very crude references to sex. I don't know who decided this was a teen book but my daughter certainly will not listen to or read this book.
My kids and I loved this book. I have to admit that we picked it because of the narrator (loved him from the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix), but even another narrator would be wonderful in this book. We're on the second book in the series now and have determined that this is an author who leaves no loose ends. Be on the lookout for any character mentioned in even the smallest of ways. My kids (13 & 9) love watching out for that and guessing who is coming into the story next. It's really a great book - wonderful fun.
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