This is a great story about a boy going through high school, and coping with friends, relationships, dating, drugs, and all the other things that ever kid seems to deal with at some point in their life. The approach through letters still manages to read well. The letters are keeping in mind that they're written by a 15-16 year old kid, but still gave a great narration for the story.
The narration does an excellent job of portraying the story. The narrator seems age appropriate and gives a great dialogue to all the letters, making them seem natural. There's a very few letters that just seem to end abruptly, but sometimes it seems to be the way the letters read.
I'd highly recommend this book for anyone, especially those shortly out of high school.
It was enjoyable to finally hear the original classic story the author had written. Although, like others have noted, Anne's narration was cliche and over the top. Her natural reading voice fits well for general narration, but many of the voices she uses do not fit. A valleygirl style voice does not fit the story. And many other voices seem over done or just not right for the character described.
I enjoyed this for getting to see the original story and how different movies brought in different elements and where things stayed true to the original concept. But I would definitely recommend listening to a different narrator. Anne is a good actress, but does not do well with finding different voices that work for her as well as the story.
This is an enjoyable young adult book. I love the concept idea with the post apocalyptic world with vampire cities, and other developments of how the world came to be as it is. There seems to be some strange elements when it comes to main character. She's a survivor, but she runs around with a kid who couldn't manage on his own if he tried.
I do really enjoy how the author developed the vampires to show the demonic side with the pure pleasure of drinking blood and some of the innate draw for violence. And having to actively fight against the primal forces to maintain a part of humanity.
Overall I really enjoy this story, but at points, the personal drama and getting worked up over things gets really ridiculous. So a good story and background, but with a healthy dose of teen angst, which only gets worse in book two.
This is a high school drama type vampire book. Nothing really original. The story line reminds me of Twilight. The main character is very plain Jane with a quirky, but by no means original, sense of humor. The boyfriend becomes enthralled for seemingly no reason other than the supposedly overly endearing sense of humor. Super human vampire strength fights lead to cat fights that just throw a little farther when you get a good hit.
There's a ton of good reviews for this book, I just thoroughly do not understand. I never read Twilight for various reasons. And this is right in that line. Girl writes book about dark & mysterious vampires where they turn and fall for plain Jane main character. Completely unbelievable. This one culminates in a big high school type cat fight. How is this suppose to be a good book?
This is one of my favorite books in the series. This book seems to be when the series really has come together and really gets going. James Marsters does a fantastic job narrating. I particularly am a fan of his narration of Bob. Jim Butcher does a great job of writing characters that people can relate to. And this book, that shines more than ever. Summer Knight really starts to introduce you to the bigger elements that play a large role further in the series. This is a great contemporary fantasy series, with this book being a key element in the series.
For the first book of a young author, its a good story for all ages. Its easy to follow and an intriguing read. Doyle is interesting to listen to, although some of the voices I wasn't a fan of. Saphira is just a gravelly voice without any hint of femininity. Why is Mur'tagh Scottish? I realize each performer can choose a dialect, but this seemed an odd choice. It is easy to listen to, definitely, but the style given for those two characters seem to be a rather odd choice. And seem to detract from the overall story in my opinion.
I find this series a true gem, and find it highly amusing to find out it started out as a debate about whether a good premise can make a book, or the author does. So Butcher asked for two disparaging topics and said he could turn it into a best selling series. Pokemon & Roman Legions were the topics and The Codex of Alera is the result.
I find it interesting the number of people comparing The Dresden Files and The Codex of Alera. To me, they are two different series coming from two quite different styles. This is a well written epic fantasy series, with some well done political intrigue.
The narration felt very natural. The editing was bothersome at times, but overall didn't have a major impact on the appeal of the book. Definitely worth a listen in my opinion.
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