I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.
I am not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but love George Guidall, so took a chance. I'm glad I did. I was pleased to see Picoult dive into subject matter that isn't up for national debate or going to be argued by the Grand Jury. This mystery is filled with paranormal and cultural themes that make it work. It keeps your attention with good writing and narration, and not with the over-the-top themes we often see get with Picoult.
This book is not bad. The story needs to progress more quickly and more smoothly in some places, and possibly throughout. However, it is becoming more difficult to find horror stories that have truly original storylines, and Joe Hill does achieve that in The Heart Shaped Box. Also, the book has strong and frequent moments of suspense, which helped to keep my attention. Stephen Lang is a favorite narrator of mine, and whoever chose him for this novel, did so wisely.
This book unfolds as a Folk Tale. The storyline is dark and harsh, even though the magic does prevail in the end. The novel is detail- rich, but not in a way that draws you in. The reader does, however, experience a unique fantasy storyline and his usual assortment of quirky characters. Mr. Gaiman delivers a solid performance in narration, as usual. There is music that is almost presented as a score, and did not enhance the experience for me. This audiobook lacked something that other Gaiman books have, and unfortunately, was a disappointment for me.
For just an hour or so, at the beginning, disappointment started to creep in as I listened. I thought, oh well, you can't crank out a 5 start every single time. But I was wrong. Every word written in the first few chapters of this third book of the series is necessary to set up the story to come. The novel moves back and forth through time and worlds, but does so easily and without reader confusion... even if the chapters don't start with a date, etc. The people and events of the two worlds face each other, interact, and then collide into a great story. There are new characters we knew by name in the first two novels that we get to know in depth. Narration is very good. This series needs to be read in order.
I find Koryta novels, as well as his writing style, original and different with each book. You never know what kind of fiction you are going to get. This novel is centered around a documentary being made regarding a small town's history, which includes a mysterious little bottle of water that is believed to do amazing things. Original storyline and well written. Petkoff is excellent, as always. There is a lot of talent in this audiobook.
Not a book to read when you are down, The History of Love explores the ups, the downs, and the challenges of growing old, with a sideshow of serendipity thrown in. I can not say enough about George Guidall. A true master of narration, Guidall brings Krauss's protagonist to life, and stands him in front of us, holding a mirror to our face so we can clearly see what the future holds for all of us... if we are lucky enough to get that far. Read it. On a good day.
I was not expecting to like this novel nearly as much as I did. As I have admitted before, I am an extremely picky reader and have to be engaged from the first page of a book until the last. "Drawn" kept me interested and creeped out from the beginning until the end. This paranormal listen has an original storyline that weaves in and out of four people's lives, and neatly comes together at the end. It reminds me of Koontz and King's earlier novels. The narration was outstanding with the one exception. The female character's narration had a voice that was a cross between whining and sexual frustration or something, ... I don't know what the hell was going on there. The other performances, fortunately, made up for it. Overall this book is definately worth a credit, and worth your time.
I continue to be impressed with narrator Allison McLemore in this series. Angel, the main character is so alive in my mind, I feel like we've been out for drinks in the past. In book four of the series, Angel continues to evolve into a more educated and confident woman, while maintaining her foul-mouthed, sarcastic, southern demeanor. Three stars for the story, because the plot doesn't change much. Nevertheless, Rowland and McLemore still work.
Alice Hoffman has finally won me over with "Fortune's Daughter". This is the story of a young girl who made a choice when she had no choice to make. It's a simple story we all have heard, but Hoffman gives us a front row seat to how a choice can mold lives, haunt the soul, and bring love and redemption to the people who deserve it the most. The novel is driven by strong female characters who have Hoffman quirkiness, and who gain our respect and admiration.
A post-apocolyptic novel with original characters and storyline. This one stands out far from the everyday zombie, nuclear, and viral apocolypses. A controlled society that unwinds slowly at first, and then like a roller coaster. Kept my attention throughout. Good narration that compliments the book.
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