This sounds like lackluster praise. To the contrary, it is the best thing I can ever say about a book. You know how you read a book and you get aggravated by some little annoyance, or you feel something was left out or unexplained, or you start to feel differently towards the characters than you think you should? Or maybe you know how a turn of phrase or plot line can make you roll your eyes. All these things pull you from the story. It can still be a great book. You can still love it. But there are things wrong with it none the less. In my opinion, there is NOTHING wrong with this book. If there were any imperfections, it was so completely fantastically amazing that I didn't even notice. I was not pulled from the story once. I am still thinking about the characters now. It was all real. Funny, witty, heartbreaking. Let me repeat - funny (in case you missed it). Yes there is heartache and anguish. But there is humor and redemption, too. Just like life. This is my first Audible review. I liked it so much that I couldn't not rate it.
I love this book. I rented it from the library 3 times and finally decided I had to own it. This book is so fun and engaging. It is smart and witty. The adolescents in this book are written the way I think they should be, the way I remember myself. A good kid who sometimes makes the wrong decisions, but often making the right ones. These kids aren't just walking bags of hormones. They are thoughtful, caring, fun and flawed. The book is also very funny. The interactions between the two main characters are real and you feel for them. The narrators are great. I love the accents. I'm glad they used Australians so the characters sound like they are from Australia, not just say they are.
I really love this book.
This was a real surprise for me. I had never heard of this series before. I read the description because Luke Daniels narrates it (he is seriously that awesome). The premise sounded interesting and it was on-sale so I bought it. This book was WAY better than its description sounded. The writing was fantastic. The story line completely engaging. And the new world system well executed, although a bit mysterious (probably intentional). I felt for all the characters. I seriously teared up during some of the emotional parts. I want to get the next one.
This book is fantastic. Laugh out loud funny, insightful and entertaining. Relatable, no matter who you are. We've all been through adolescence and we've all had our share of embarrassments and epiphanies. This book was highly entertaining. All the narrators were amazing.
I know this review is short, but I am hoping it will entice people to read my review and pick up the book. Seriously. You should totally just pick it up. I am glad I did. I really did laugh out loud. That wasn't an expression.
I am not sure what I expected when I picked up this audiobook, but it wasn't what I got. The author takes a collection of bizarre life stories and gives them a weight that will pull at you.
This is essentially a collection of short stories about the same group of people throughout their lives. The stories, however, are non-linear. I do not mean that they jump around. I mean the characters' backstories and their relationships with each other vary from story to story. But there are common themes running throughout. The characters manage to be both the same and different in every story. It was very different and very interesting. The effect was not a collection of short stories, but of one complete story. Maybe the only story. The author manages to use funny stories about adolescent boys to make you feel the the weight, the pull, of existence. That sounds pretentious, I know. But that's how I feel right now after finishing this audiobook. Heavy. Not in a bad gloomy way, but in a 'this has significance' sort of way.
I think the most amazing part of this is that the author pulled me through this metaphor, this existential type journey and I didn't even feel it. It didn't feel pretentious while it was happening, if you get me. (Anyone else having a hard time reading Koontz these days?). I laughed, I was uncomfortable, and there was some 'holy shit!'. Basically, I enjoyed listening to a book. But I came away with more. I can tell I will keep thinking about this one.
The narrator did a great job as well. No problems. Except maybe his Philly accent sounded a little New York ;)
This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.
I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.
The narrator was great.
I really liked this book. Emotion and humor. Events do happen in the book. For example, there is much clue following and deciphering and shenanigans. But, interestingly, all the major plot points and the denouement were all emotional. But they are so well intertwined and disguised within the events happening in the book, that you almost don't recognize the emotional ride. You feel the emotions but you don't feel 'preached at' or in any way existential. But, I promise, the book will stick with you.
All the stories were great. This is definitely a compilation for those who have read the Mercy books. My only gripe was with the narration. Both narrators were great, but sometimes personalities, accents, and pronunciations lacked continuity with the rest of the existing series. This was a minor annoyance, and is a common problem with short stories set in an existing story-verse. Nothing that should stop you from picking this up if you are a Mercy fan.
I picked this up as a deal and thought it sounded fun. I will never know. The narration was so bad I literally could not keep listening. This is the first time this has happened to me. I've had other narrators that I hated, but I still plowed through the book. This..I have no words...
Listen to the sample. If you can handle it, then give the book a try. It sounds cute.
Also, I gave the story 2 starts because Audible wouldn't let me review without rating all three categories. I felt bad giving something I hadn't read 1 star. So, I went with 2. This rating is completely arbitrary.
Zombie Vikings, polar bears,and other mammals? Yes please. Kick ass heroine? Yes please. Plot holes and stupid main characters? Well, yes. That too. Overall, this book was good fun. The story was different from the usual zombie fare. Lots of action, and no implausible HEA (people die). There are some instances where the plot doesn't jive. Some, "wait, but then how..." type moments. There are also a couple of moments where I rolled my eyes at the characters' thought processes. Sometimes they seemed slow to figure things out. I think the author's goal was to make the characters more human and not omniscient. But they are too stupid. They have epiphanies about things I figured out chapters ago. It's a little frustrating. I like my characters human. I like that they struggle. I just wish the puzzles they struggled with were more complex ones. It did not bother me much in this book. I still enjoyed it very much. But these problems get much worse in the second book. So, if this stuff gets on your nerves, you might not want to get invested. I listened to both books, though, and I am glad I did. They were fun stories.
So, I read the description of this book solely because Luke Daniels narrates it. Yes, he is that awesome. I liked the description and took the plunge. I am glad I did. It has the makings of a great series. Don't get me wrong. This book did not end with the kind of annoying cliff hanger that almost forces you to read the next book. It ended nicely. But you could definitely feel the epic adventure awaiting. The story was intricate and exciting. I fell in love with all the characters. I easily became invested. All good things.
Did I mention Luke Daniels is amazing?
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