When I first began reading this book, I noticed something very odd: all things happened in threes. For example, if the author describes something using an odd turn of phrase, you will see it used in three different ways very soon. The book itself is in three parts though you might be pressed to see a dividing line since, like the circus he is immitating, the action of one ring draws your attention as you are still aware of the others. In form, this book is a masterpiece matched by only a few. As for story, I was somewhat disappointed as nothing much seems to happen (even though there is a great deal of build up). But, as with all of John Irving's work, it is about the view along the road, your fellow travelers, and your remembrances along the way and not an elaborate chase scene ending in a massive explosion...
Normally, I shy away from the classics on audio since many of those who read them are boring. Peter Firth brought this book to life for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone. If you loved the movie, you will thoroughly enjoy the audio book.
I really don't like to give bad reviews, but I have to say that I stopped reading this book about half way through. I don't know if it was the rambling style of the author or the lack of anything resembling a plot that caused me to call it quits, but I quit none-the-less. Having said that, the writing was very descriptive and many times I got lost in his description of these worlds that were completely foreign and unreal (especially of the way society was pieced back together). The narrator did a great job and I have no complaints about his performance. I guess I just want more from a book that what this one delivered.
I have read two other Andrew Grey novels and I thoroughly enjoyed them. This is no exception. He masterfully mixes a touching story with very real-to-life experiences (both in and out of the bedroom). Just as his other novels have done, he doesn't create an impossible situation or tear anyone down. The story is not overly complicated and is very easy to follow. Also, the main characters are fully fleshed out and are the kind of people I would very much like to meet. His books make me want to be a better person! My only complaint is that I fell in love with R. Kirstein's deep timbre reading of the other books. That does not mean that Jeremy Klavens' narration was lacking in any way. I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series!
The story is extremely hard to follow, the narrator stilted and inexpressive and the sex scenes are too numerous to be exciting. The story meanders around the characters with only one point in mind: setting up the next sex scene. I rarely stop an audio book, but this one was an exception. I should have been more wary after the creepy opening sex scene between a man and a changing werewolf that skirts the edge of bestiality! After two hours, I am done. Perhaps I simply want more romance in my gay romances and not just sex!
This was a great read. I enjoyed the characters immensely. I fell in love with some and grew to despise others as their lives became further entwined. Having grown up in a small rural town, I know how the busy-bodies can be and this book shows small-town life just as it is, in that respect. The level of homophobia is dialed way back and it was nice to see characters which seemed to say "just because you live in the sticks doesn't mean you're a hick!" I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a heartwarming story where the conflict is not disempowering.
This is the best Dresden Files book to date!! I can't wait to listen again in the future!
I tried to listen to this book, but it was so slow and meandering. After 5 hours, I gave it up. I am a huge John Grisham fan, but this book just didn't reach the mark.
This was an interesting read for me. It took a while to get into the author's reading of the book. Some of the phrases seemed stilted and therefore difficult to understand. The voices were rarely acted and a lot of the characters seemed to run together when speaking. This title won't be on my list of favorites due to the narration. Having said that, though, it wasn't the first audiobook that I have listened to where the narrator put me to sleep. IMHO, author's should stick to doing what they do best and let actors bring their works to life whether on screen or in the spoken word. As for the plot, it was well thought out, but was resolved before we even had a chance to guess at it. One of the fun parts of a murder mystery is trying to figure it out. This book just laid everything out all at once without most of the vital clues necessary to put the pieces together yourself. It felt more like deus ex machina than murder mystery...
If you ever wondered what it would be like to live inside a giant greenhouse, this book is for you. I liked the book a lot. It was SK at his best. The main characters were well developed. The bad guys were really bad! The one thing that frustrated me about this book was how the bad guys always won! I read other reviews about the narrator not being able to do female voices very well. In a way, he did okay, but a few of them were very shrill. I am glad I chose to discount those reviews. I imagine it would be hard to do voices for the opposite sex! If you like SK as much as I do, this book is for you!
This is just like watching Lisa's show and then going backstage with her and talking about her life and loves. She gets a bit serious and then she sets you up and punches you in the funny bone!! This book made me laugh out loud more than any I have listened to this year. If you have a stick in your proverbial or can't take a joke, pass this one on. If you love Lisa and can laugh at yourself and everyone you know, this audiobook is a must-have. Hearing her majesty, The Loveable Queen Of Mean, read this book is worth the price of the book alone!!
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