This Charming, Loyal and Loquacious story chaptured me from the beginning. She begins in the tongue-in-cheek manner that begins Pride. It is the untrustworthy voices of the Gossops that return us to the world first created by Miss Austen. I laughed aloud to hear them describe the events of Pride. Although nothing comes close to the rapier sharp writing of Miss Austen, P.D. James does an admiral job of attempting to maintain that style. Although toward the end, I did have fatigue from the explaining, explaining and more explaining that had to tie all the loose ends together. It was fun to be with Elizabeth and Darcy again. And I did want to reach through my earbuds and throttle Lydia. Definately worth the time to listen.
I am usually a fan of Balaban's acting and am always a fan of Erik Larson. This book was an exciting find for me.
However, Balaban's reading of this tedious rendition of curiously disparate facts was punishing. He sounded like he was reading the phone book against his will.
I forced myself to stick it out several hours hoping he (and I) would warm up. Neither of us did.
Save your credits. SKIP THIS BOOK.
I loved the Hunger Games. This followup is an excrutiating and derivative insult to the first book. There is no point to putting Katniss through another games to advance her narrattive . She does not gain insight, skill or anything valuable that she didn't already possess. It is gratuitous and dissappointing in the extreme. If a sequel HAD to come (and I think the Hunger Games is exquisite on its own), the Mockingjay would have done adequately without this slog in between.
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