This novel is nearly great. With a couple of exceptions, the writing throughout the book is superb. One of these exceptions involves an extended mad scene which went on to the point where I was on the verge of pushing the fast forward button. The other is an annoying and overlong example of siren's songs. The protagonist is crazily compelling and sympathetic. The plot is occasionally a trifle convoluted, but keeps you engaged. Unfortunately, the ending is weak and somewhat unsatisfying. Suzy Jackson's performance of the story is terrific. I will keep an eye out for other books which she narrates.
This book is unusual enough that I don't want to compare it to others. I will say that I would recommend it only to my friends with a strong literary bent and a load of patience.
It took a long time to woo me, but by the end I loved it. Nonetheless, finishing it was a relief.
The narrator doe an excellent job. Each character has his or her own voice. The insertion of the many footnotes does not detract from the overall flow of the story - perhaps because it flows so sluggishly.
A Slow Boat to Britain
This is an ODD book. It develops very slowly. I was about a third of the way through the story before I really got into it. The pacing speeds up somewhat as the story progresses. I found that by listening in larger chunks than I usually do, I was able to immerse myself in the book, making it more engaging. The Jane Austen-like prose was pleasing, but I know it is not to everyone's taste. I can see where this would be a polarizing "love it" or "hate it" book.
The characters in the story are witty and likable. The book actually made me laugh out loud. Gina Damico's Grimsphere is a cleverly built world that provides an entertaining backdrop for the story.
No. There are way too many places where you want to shake someone and shout, "It's obvious! Why don't you do..." And I just want to say that it easier to grab a scythe out of someone's hand than any other item in the universe. It happens all the time in this book. The only thing that is easier take is the ability to damn. SPOILER - The revelation that Lex had been killing bad guys all along just dropped out of thin air. It's like chapters were left out of the book.
SPOILER - I did get a certain satisfaction out of Lex strangling Zara.
I'd wait for the dvd.
Jessica Almasy does an incredible job of bringing the cast of characters to life.
This collection of stories is a bit uneven. However, on the whole the stories are enjoyable and entertaining. Nicola Barbers narration is terrific and pushes the entire book up a notch.
First, let me say Khristine Hvam does another amazing job reading this book. Second, this book was a bit of a let down after the tour de force of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I found Karou's weakness through much of this story infuriating to the point that I almost stopped listening. Zuzana's charming presence helped me stick with it to the end, though. Speaking of the end, the epilogue felt like a shortcut through what should have been an interesting chapter or two in itself. Lastly, I feel like I gotta warn you this story ends with the words "to be continued".
Katherine Kellgren gives us a wonderful performance of a book that is a love song for bibliophiles. In the course of the story Jo Walton references some 150 SF and Fantasy books. Each reference gave me a little thrill of recognition or made me want to go out and read that book. The main character of the story, Morwenna, is a strong, sympathetic, and compelling personality who made me want to keep reading even though the plot is somewhat sparse. Another strength of the book is the magic system which is unique and self-consistent. This was a magnificent use of a credit!
John Glover is not a bad narrator, but he's not James Marsters. I'll forego listening to this one and read the book.
The combination of Butcher's writing with Marster's narration is a winner! What would be the audiobook equivalent of a page turner? This is it.
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