Anxiously waiting for the next book by Carriger! Each book in the series is entertaining, but I highly recommend the entire series!
It is a great story that has characters pulled from history - but that means that a large part of this is about filling the reader in on the historical context in which certain event and characters are important. This is not a story for people who want instant gratification - but it is still a very good read.
For the majority of the novel, the story is told twice - from two different perspectives. Rather than being enlightening, it is totally annoying! Usually, a story written in this style allows the reader to see the thoughts, dreams, worries, of each character. Instead, we are left completely in the dark as to the motivations of the characters. So instead of sounding heroic, the leading lady just sounds stupid.3/4 of the way in, we are finally allowed to know the secret that drives these two, but that becomes a sort of deus ex machina (spoiler alert, assuming you like the book enough for it to be spoiled). In the end the woman who was so certain she should love the guy she loves in unable to make a decision - really??? The character development is irritatingly inconsistent with human nature! The narrators were fine, but they agreed to work on this project, so I only gave them 2 stars. Sooo, if you are capable of making even semi rational decisions on a regular basis, don't bother with this one.
The narrators do an excellent job with the story. They are the perfect compliment to a fantastic story.
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.
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