I gave this book a shot as it was the 2011 Nebula Award Winner and 2012 Hugo Award Winner for best novel. After listening I'm astounded that this won any awards. Maybe my gap is this is considered a young adult book. Or maybe it's because it references so many other SF and Fantasy classic boors or it works at a level for young readers, but I don't see why or how this won awards. Don't get me wrong, the story is ok to good and I enjoyed listening to it, but it is just not of award winning caliber. The story seems to drift along slowly for most of the book and then crams all the conclusions into the last thirty minutes.
The book is a chronicle or diary of a girl named Morwenna (Mori) over about a number of months as she discovers herself and gets her life on track after a horrible accident that kills her twin sister. There are mentions of fairies and magic, but not to any extreme. Read any review and you'll get more of the picture of the story.
I think what I enjoyed about this book was the narrator, Katherine Kellgren. Mori is a Welsh girl and the narrator's accent just works for the character. Others have complained about not understanding a word, but I had no issues with the narration and felt that's what made the book most enjoyable for me.
In conclusion, if you are interested in this type of story, it is worthy, but there are many better books that I would consider as alternatives.
This is the weakest book in the series. The plot is thin and many of the firefight sequences seem dragged out. This story would have worked better as a shorter novella.
The narration is on par with the previous books in the series. No complaints there, but this was the first audio book that I sped up the playback on to move through some of the sequences to save time.
While there is a decent reveal at the end of the book and a cute ending, the story just takes too long to get there.
If you are a fan of this series, then go ahead and read it, just don't expect this to be on par with the previous books.
I’m not sure why I bought this book as I’d never heard of David Sedaris before. It was likely the couple glasses of wine that lowered my resistance to buying 3 Audible credits and and a desire to stock up on audiobooks before going on vacation, even though I didn’t need more books.
This title had permeated my consciousness with hype on Audible and some magazines I read and had peaked my curiosity. In my research prior to purchasing, I found that David is an American humorist with a decent following and so I decided that Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls would be my introduction to David Sedaris.
This book then sat unread for a little over 4 months before I queue it up while waiting for my next Audible credit to arrive. I figured as this was a book of distinct stories that I could always stop part way through if I wanted to read something else, but didn’t.
David reads this book himself which I have always liked for biographical audio books and does a solid job presenting his material. Some of his stories have been recorded live, but most of the book is recorded in studio. The stories reflect David’s life growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, living abroad, traveling, and being gay before ending with some short absurd and funny stories at the end of the book.
All the stories are good to great and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. Sedaris is just a bit older than I am, so I related well to his commentaries on how the world has changed since the 1970s. His stories are sympathetic enough that you are able to relate and care enough to find out more about Sedaris’ life, but not good enough for me to rush out and buy all his other audio books immediately. I’m not saying I won’t pick up another book by Sedaris, I probably will, but just not today.
In conclusion, a good book and a solid read if this is the type of book that interests you pick it up.
This was a light, and good, overview of SEALs and the mission that took down Bin Laden. I found this to be an easy listen, with a fair amount of insight into the SEALs in general and a decent account of the take down, but I was left wanting more by the end. There just wasn't enough content and depth to the overall story.
Well there are no surprises as to the ending if you kept up with the news.
The narrator's performance is solid and not distracting from the story telling.
This is a more than worthy listen if you are interested in the subject. However, it will leave you wanting more.
Everyone knows Stephen Tobolowsky, even if they are not sure who he is. Try IMDB and you'll figure out who he is. This was not only a great set of stories about Stephen's life, but in so many ways a lesson on how everyone should approach their lives.
This book had me really laughing in places. Stephen tells great stories and I could relate to each and every one of of his stories.
This is a book that benefits reading by the author and I can't wait for the next instalment. Highly recommended.
This was on of my enjoyable reads of late.
Nate. He finds himself by the end of the book.
Ray Porter does a great job with the voices and accents.
This is a great book that keeps you wanting to listen to find out what is going to happen at the end. While a little bit formulaic at the end, it was a good listen and one of the recent books that kept me hooked until the end.
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