Anxiously waiting for the next book by Carriger! Each book in the series is entertaining, but I highly recommend the entire series!
I would recommend this to anyone who is not a grammarian. The author really needs to learn how to use adverbs correctLY. It hurts my soul to know that such a creative storyteller is unaware of basic grammar (or doesn't care).
I would not recommend this narrator!!! Ironically, the passages where she uses an accent are smoother than the narrative passages in American English. It took a dozen chapters before I thought I could get through to the end. Portions are so stilted, that is sounds robotic (as another reader said, Siri would be better). And her pronunciation is odd - for example - she says "ruin" as "rune" and "ruined" like "runed."
I was painting a room most of the time, so my hands were too messy to turn it off, which is probably why I made it to the end. However, the story itself, minus the flaws of the grammar and narration, was OK.
I feel bad about slamming the narrator, but I spent money on this!
The novel was not what I expected, but once I started, I was eager to listen each day. That the story was inspired by the author's own family makes this even more interesting. The narrator is also very effective, making the whole experience well worth the time.
The story is quite entertaining; but I admit, at first, the narrator was a bit hard to get into. However, as the story progressed through the first few chapters, it became obvious how perfectly she fits the role. Now I can't imagine another narrator for this series. Definitely a book at add to your library!
I admit, as I started this book, I wondered what I had gotten into. It is nothing like the style or content of her other books (and yes, I've read everyone). In The Casual Vacancy, the realism of small town life and politics hits home. I did have a hard time getting into the book at first; however, I stuck with it and became engrossed in the lives of the characters - just as many of us are fascinated to hear the local gossip about people in our own small town or neighborhood - I had to keep listening. Once you start, you'll want to stay with it to the end.
The perfect antithesis to "chic lit" - lots of gratuitous sexual references; lots of testosterone; no lengthy analysis of sparsely mentioned emotions. Heavy on the action scenes with little regard to plausibility... The shark was this long, I swear!
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I bought this on his recommendation. The story is told from an unusual perspective, the Minotaur's. It should seem odd or forced, but it just works so very well. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the animal-man to life. Listening was enjoyably addictive, well worth the credit.
I so wanted to like this story. The narration is very good, the topic should be interesting, but I just couldn't get through the book. This is the first audio book that I didn't finish. I tried, but I couldn't. I started listening to this at bed time to put me sleep more quickly.
After the first book, Souless, I had to get the rest of the series! Steam punk meets werewolves and vampires - all with a narrator that is able to bring all of the characters to life. Great for teens, but equally enjoyable for adults who are willing to jump into a steamy, industrialized fantasy. Totally worth the time!
In the era of highly divisive political campaigns, Divergent reminds us all about the importance of compassion and understanding and what happens when we forget the value of humanity. A wonderful, entertaining read for all ages.
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