Garrison, NY, United States | Member Since 2004
The main reason I give this book such low marks is that it's so abridged that it's hard to really get into the characters or the story. It's too stilted. I would love to see this in the unabridged form. I bet it's a much better book. After listening to this, I will not buy an abridged version of a book again.
I know this book got some mixed reviews from hardcore hard case crime fans, but I'm not a hard core hard case crime fan and I loved this book. This was like a graphic novel come to life or like Scooby Doo, but sexier. I loved the characters and the narrator was spot on. I also really enjoyed how King incorporated his clearly well researched carney lingo into the book making you feel like the protagonist had really been there.
I didn't want this book to end and I was sad when it was over. I wanted to stay along for the ride just a little bit longer.
I did question King's choice of making this book take place in an older man's past instead of as a first person present narration. I didn't think that the look back added any value, but I also didn't think that the choice took away from the fun or speed of the book, it was just something I wondered about.
I'm a Stephen King-come-lately fan, but I've gobbled his three most recent books up. While I never read The Shining and the movie scared the heck out of me, I didn't find this book so much scary as a bit campy and super entertaining. I loved finding out what happened to Danny-- the little boy from The Shining. This was classic King, combining the real with the super-natural, seamlessly and somehow making it not seem too goofy. The characters were great, of course. A super fun listen.
Reading this book is like being inside of someone's strange dream. The book started off a bit slow for me, but then I got into it - it's just totally bizarre and you have to go with the flow. It's a book about Japan, but I was surprised at how Western the characters and references seemed.
The narration wasn't right for me. The narrator is very talented and had facility with many accents and with creating different characters. I think it was a valiant effort to relay what was in the book, but my personal preference would have been something more straightforward. I'm not sure everyone would feel this way and this was a talented guy, so I don't want to knock him. I think it was just a different production opinion.
My husband has been telling me about Ringworld for about 10 years now, so when I saw it available on Auidble, I was excited to hear this book, which stuck with him since his teen years. This book is super unique and creative. It doesn't feel dated at all. I also found it to be a very different kind of Sci Fi book, as much about the characters and their personal curiosities as it is about the RingWorld itself.
This is not a rock 'em sock 'em space war sci fi book - it's much more cerebral and about the characters from three different species trying to relate to each other while they learn the secrets of the RingWorld.
My ONLY problem with this book was that it ended rather abruptly! I guess I have to listen to the next in the series. But this book is definitely worth the listen and totally earned it's Hugo!
The fear with series books is that they will get worse with time - you fall in love with the first one and then it's all downhill from there. Not so with Allegiant or any of Veronica Roth's Divergent series. All three of these books were consistently excellent. The characters were consistent, the places were consistent - everything was beautifully brought together so that the ending made sense. The writing continued to be excellent and evocative, as with the first two books. Really great. The only thing that was hard for me to adjust to was the shift to a narrative from two perspectives. Eventually, you find out the reason for that decision, but still, it took me some time to get used to any voice other than Tris'. In fairness, I always find it jarring when an author makes such a big change far into a series, but here, once I got past the initial discomfort, it worked for me and it was actually nice to hear this second perspective.
This is a great series. I've been recommending it left and right and everyone loves it. Read it before the movie comes out!!
Steelheart was off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I'm really glad I hung in there. I enjoyed the book a lot - it was very fun, a little campy and a great commuter-time escape. At the beginning, I felt the narration was a bit overdone - too cartoonish. If it had continued that way past the first chapter, I would have given up on it. But the book and the narrator quickly find their pace and the story picked up and kept moving along from start to finish. I like the way the author creates his own vocabulary for this future world, to keep a sense of otherness. The scenery and the people are also very well described. The book maintained a bit of a comic book atmosphere without overdoing it. Definitely a fun, light read and I will look forward to the next book in the series!
The writing in this book is just lovely - super evocative. Atkinson really knows how to paint an environment and make the reader feel. This story is about Ursula, a woman who keeps getting another chance to get it right - like a really heavy "Groundhog Day." What's really successful here is the way Atkinson is able to loop back in time and re-run a similar story over and over again without being redundant. I also love the way that the smallest thing - deciding to wear a dress or not to, deciding to let the boy kiss you or not to, can change the entire future for the character.
There is a rape scene in the book that is so heartbreaking. It's done very differently than I've ever seen before and the horror of the moment is in the absolute ignorance and confusion of the victim. It really helps you understand not just the victim and the environment that she's in, but also a lot about the times - how someone would have been impacted by what they are or are not told. The fallout from the rape is excruciating - you can only hope that it won't happen to Ursula again in the next life.
Woolgar really has a lovely reading voice and it's appropriate to the timing of the book, which is primarily early to mid 1900s. She also does an excellent job of distinguishing different characters and of doing male voices in a way that's seamless.
This is the kind of book you need a break from. The story is relentless. It's very stressful to be constantly waiting for a character to die, but at the same time, be invested in her getting the opportunity to live her life perfectly. I looked forward to getting back to this story, but I definitely needed some breathers!
Molly Harpers vampire books are a very particular kind of read. They are light, funny stories with brooding men and sassy women. I can't say that from one book to the other, she is really creating extremely different characters or plots, but if you just want something consistently entertaining, you will enjoy these books. They are reliable, light reads. I really enjoy her books in between heavy reads or when I just want to have a good laugh.
This is a terrific second of three books in a series. Unlike many series books where the follow-ups don't live up to the original, Insurgent sustains a great, fast moving story. Roth really knows how to build tension and get you invested in the characters, whether you love or hate them.
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Galvin does a fantastic job with the main character/narrator, Tris, but she's also very successful at doing other character voices. I especially like that she's able to do voices for different genders without sounding corny!
This is definitely a high intensity, high energy book. It's not a big laugh or cry book, but it definitely makes you want to bang on your steering wheel and yell at the characters, "What are you doing!"
Great book - already started "Allegiant" and I'm excited to learn what happens to these characters and what the big secret is!
I love that Tris is a character that is flawed, but admirable. It's nice to see a main female character in a YA novel who is not willing to compromise herself or her ideals for love. And it's nice to have a main male character who respects that!
Definitely the simulation scenes - really wonderful and inventive.
Galvin does a great job with all of the parts. This is definitely an example of how a great narrator can made a terrific book even better.
I was worried when I saw the cover of this book that it would be a Hunger Games copy-cat, but it's not at all. This is a super unique and inventive story - the concept does not feel copied from anything else. The characters are well developed and interesting and the plot is super fast moving.
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