I somewhat liked this audiobook, but for the repetitive nature of the actual words in it. If I heard "the darkside" one more time I swore I would throw my ipod out of the nearest window. I wanted to find out what happened in the story, I really did. There were many instances where I found myself intrigued by the characters and the mystery of them all and wanting to find out more (above and beyond where this plot line was going) - and then it would happen.... the words "the darkside" again.
Good lord, I know where we are, stop beating me over the head with it! It felt like a bad film noir version of a contemporary fantasy novel. Whether it could be blamed solely on the writing or a mixture of the writing and narration is up to the listener.
Will I listen to any others of this author. Im not sure. Maybe when I begin to stop hearing those two words echo in my head... one day perhaps... one day...
When you can't even learn to say "I dont speak Irish", you know you are in trouble! One question, why would you even want to learn the opposite of that ("I can speak Irish") in the first few sentences of the lessons? You dont know it, obviously, and you dont know if you are going to be able to even learn it yet ;) Needless to say, we tried to learn in a car of three interested listeners and all we got out of this was a pretty nasty headache... all of us.
Not only are you clever, witty and yes dare I say it - fun... you are one of the best narrators I have heard. Whoever has said that no author should try reading his own work has never heard
Neil Gaiman do it. Fantasic... absolutely fantastic!
I had heard about this book from Audible's very own podcasts touting it (and other books) and found that I just loved the though of Huffington writing something empowering to girls and women everywhere. I think she is a brilliant woman anyway and so was more than intrigued by this.
Well now that I have heard it, I must say it quite lived up to expectations. It goes into her life as well as she takes mistakes and wins from it to point out the things that seem to universally plague all women these days (and all days, really). She does this all without coming off pompous or brash, but caring and nurturing... and I think this book could help a lot of women going through all aspects of their lives.
I can see myself listening to it over and over again for motivation and for peace. Give yourself the two hours this book takes to listen and you'll see what I mean. I have a bachelorette party coming up and I plan on giving this to all my girlfriends.
I would suggest it as a "must read' for all women as it touches everything from growing up to facing death.
So what really was a pretty quality story was nearly destroyed every single time the narrator spoke one of the woman's voices. I mean I really wanted to pull out my own fingernails with tweezers rather than listen to that voice any more!!!
I really love John Sandford's work. His detectives are not 'super geniuses' so gives the work more believability than some authors and this story was very intricate, if not a bit 'over-the-top'. I have to say though, the never ending sing-song voice was really killing me. I almost had to stop 3 hours from the end.. and again, let me say, I liked the story, so it was honestly and truly the voice-over acting.
Maybe the actor just doesn't feel comfortable doing multiple women's voices in the same work, so he went so over the edge with this one to make sure you knew it was different than the other one, that it was pure torture!
I would have given a better score, but this is an "audio" book review, not a 'paper' book review - which undoubtedly would have gone over so much better. That voice over acting really killed it for me. The story became secondary as I was literally wincing every time that one female character's voice was spoken.
Before you know it, your done. How did that happen? Wasn't I just in the middle of the book?
Standard Koontz style of not only taking you for a ride, but at lightning speeds that zip you from the start to the finish line in no time flat. Its a whirlwind, that in this (which is very unusual for a Koonz book) left me feeling a little rushed.
I wanted more. The ending was great, but the climax was really fast and then done... I was sad... it was over... Dont get me wrong, I loved it, as I have almost every one of his books. I loved the Golden angle as well. This man can write! I just felt a little like I must have missed some of the scenic route along the trip.
Nothing deep here (ala The Stand), and no answers at the end, but a nice solid horror show from King. Better than it's been in a while. There are solid characters to empathize with and straight good and evil 9with some gray thrown in for good measure).
He still has his patent King style and words and now he's brought back some old school, seat-of-your-pants "scary". Even if you can see some of the story coming and a slew of it makes no sense. Still it was a nice fast read for a big novel and when you need a little nail biting, it's nice to know you can count on King again.
Not a bad listen, but really made for young readers. Simple and lightweight. Even if you like some youthful fantasy (can you say early Harry potter), this will feel younger than that.
Terry Pratchett does it again! He takes the dullness of the mint and banking and gives us a fun little romp that ends with pies thrown and much merriment.
How can you not love everything he does? I think the only way for that is to have no funnybone.
What is the plot? I have no idea where its going or why I should even care. The characters are very well drawn out for the most part, but Im not interested in them. There is no action.. no suspense... nothing that makes me want to find out more.
It's long.. long.. long.. and I do think part of that is truly the narration. Its slow.. slow... slow... everyone sounds like every word they utter should be taken as the most brilliant of truths. That's hardly ever the case in the real world, which is what it feels like this author is trying to showcase... to an extent.
If you are bored with high paced exciting sci-fi and love deep troubled characters, then you will no doubt love this book. Get yourself a pot of herbal tea on and enjoy.
If you want to lose yourself in some cool space that has some action (and real drama) while you think, dont bother with this one. I personally am not into long term unbelievable love stories, characters who I just can't empathize with and narration that slows a slow story to a trickle.
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