I was shocked at how long winded Roeder became in this book. The redundancy of the "internal struggles" was more than just a little annoying. The snail pace that the shallow plot moved was also annoying. There were just way too many "bunny trails" in this book. None of them paid off. They added nothing to the story and were difficult to deal with. At one point, Roeder got away from the plot for over 100 grueling minutes, and this was right when the plot finally began to unfold! He discussed living on farms, food, tea, flatware, horses and even gave a long and boring section on Robert Frost's poetry...
If he used about 50% less words, it might have been OK. Why does he need to keep repeating things like he does??? This is common in all of his books, but it becomes almost unbearable in this book.
I didn't really have one, but if I have to pick one, let's just say it's the "catch the flag" scene.
It was just boring and drawn out. Roeder is usually much better than this. I think he may have been trying for something here and missed.
Nope. Bored me until I finally gave up on it about 15 hours in.
He was good.
No... did I mention that it was boring?
I have heard about this series of books about as long as I can remember. I was excited to give it a listen, but the excitement turned in excruciating boredom. I kept telling myself that I just had to get into it, but that just never happened.
I heard Will Patton Dr. Sleep. The 2 performances are completely different. He was the perfect choice for both books. Mercedes Killer required more voices to help set tones for each scene and Patton did an awesome job.
Stephen King is on a roll. I think Doctor Sleep and Mercedes Killer are 2 of his best books. People who think Stephen King is "all washed up" or just doesn't care anymore need to read these 2 books.
It's an American classic read by Elijah Wood. He was simply amazing. The voices, the accents, the pace... everything was great. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn doesn't need Elijah Wood to be an incredible book, but Elijah brought it to a whole new level. Simply awesome!
I have listened to all of his Audible books. I will continue to listen to them. He writes about subjects that I like to read about. His writing brings me back to younger days when I was struggling with coming out. It's interesting to see how all of the characters in his books (all that I've read/listened to) are either pure good or pure evil.... Not much middle ground, which you would think is a negative, but he puts a lot of faith in friends taking up for each other which is kind of a nice change.
Some of the subject matter in this book is difficult to listen to, but if you can put it behind you, it's an enjoyable book.
It was an interesting story. I don't usually read fantasy stuff, but this was pretty good. By far my favorite book by Mark Roeder.
Yes I would. This was a really fun book to read. The story was really cute and heart warming. The author's ability to make me feel for the characters was something I don't often experience in this type of book. Great job!
I loved the concept of party boy having to understand how a geek thinks. Great idea!
Sadly, nothing. The voices he used were pretty bad. This surprised me because I thought he was rather good reading in "All the Colors of Love". When he sticks to his real voice, he is great. Unfortunately, in this book, he tried to come up with a different voice for each character and it did not go well.... Donovan sounded like a flaming gay Daffy Duck, Ash was OK, Fee sounded like a super hero (probably because it was the same voice he used for Tomari in All the Colors of Love), Carly sounded like a fancy boy from the Louisiana bayou (I just pictured a guy in a Seersucker suit drinking a mint julep fanning himself in the heat)... It just wasn't pretty, but don't let that stop you! The book itself is GREAT
This is one of my favorite Audible books. I bought this title expecting to be disappointed. I wasn't, it was excellent.
I was a little worried about buying a gay story between 2 boys written by a female (I know, I know, that's sexist, but let's face it... Men and women don't think alike) Not only was it about 2 gay boys, it was also kind of a "super hero" story, so I wasn't expecting much. I am so glad I bought this book. The writing was great, the story was fun and there were even a few surprises. It was one of those books that made me want to keep going back for more.
I normally love Stephen King, but this book was just plain BAD! It was boring. Very boring. There was never a time when the book pulled me in. You spent the entire book waiting for something to happen... It finally would, but it was too little too late in most cases. Too many words with too little to say. If this was my first Stephen King book, I seriously doubt I would have ever read another one.
Why did the narrator insist on acting out all of the yelling lines? It seems someone should have realized that most of us are listing to this with ear buds. The constant yelling made it very difficult to listen to. I would have turned down the volume, but if I did, I wouldn't hear his whispering parts. Very frustrating!
The yelling.... No doubt about it. His volume went from too soft too loud in seconds. Very uncomfortable to listen to.
After listening to this book and the cheesy "hollywood lines", I imagine a TV series or a movie was the main direction of this book.
Not Stephen King's best, but like all of his books, when it's good, it's real good... Unfortunately, too many down pats of this one to make it great.
It was the amazing way the author helped me to understand how difficult life can be with for a teenager with aspergers.
The reading of the story was wonderful. Woodman used just enough emotion to keep the listener engaged, but he also was pretty true to how a person with asperger syndrome actually sounds. It made me relate so much ore to the character than I would if I was reading it in "my own voice". Amazing performance by Woodman!
No question about it... It was the 2nd train station.
Just a great book. I only bought it because it was on sale for something like $3, so I figured I'd buy it "just in case" I needed something to listen to. It turned out to be one of the best books I've found on Audible!
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