Wow! I found this book during a routine search of the Audible website. It was one of those great finds you stumble upon from time to time. The story was incredibly rich and detailed, the characters compelling (even if they weren't always likeable), and the plot pulls you in. Humphrey Bower is a top narrator--he really brings the characters to life. At the end of the book, I immediately downloaded Book 2.
I am a big Neil Gaiman fan, so to find American Gods out in a full cast production was irresistible. But I found the narration a bit disappointing. It was, at times, hard to follow the chapters. The characters came and went so quickly it was hard to form any connection. And although the actors were clearly talented, I had a sense that a single reader could have been more effective.
Altogether an interesting story. Not the best narration, but not the worst either.
This is my second Carl Hiaasen audible book--the first was Skinny Dip. Star Island is first and foremost hysterically funny! I have found myself laughing out loud as I walk and listen to this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Hoye's narration of this book. Although there are definitely some similar fixtures in both Skinny Dip and Star Island--Star Island is still a very unique and enjoyable book. I highly recommend this recording!
Christopher Moore's story is hysterically funny and entertaining from beginning to end. Susan Bennett is a fantastic narrator. The combination is an amazing audio book. I can only hope there are more stories to come featuring these characters. Three simply aren't enough!
This is an engaging Edwardian story. Unfortunately, the main narrator is quite off the mark. She engages accents for the lead characters that appear devoid of any rhyme or reason. For example, only one of the women in the story is presented with a British accent, although all are clearly very English. So, as enjoyable a story as it is, be prepared, the presentation grates.
There is also some racist descriptions within the storyline, which are offputting. Probably less controversial in context of the period writing, however, still jarring in today's world.
I had the privilege to attend the Democratic National Convention--and was seated on the podium directly behind Sharpton during his speech. Sharpton's speech was the most inspriring and exciting of all four days of what was a fantastic convention. Listening to this is guaranteed to make you think, maybe make you want to shout too, and will definitely make you want to get involved in voting rights. Listen to this and share it with everyone you know!
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