It was delightful to revisit the series that my twelve-year-old self counted as my absolute favorite of all time. I cannot think of a more talented or appropriate narrator for this book than Tim Curry. Between the excellent prose and Curry's performance, this familiar coming-of-age tale took on a new level of greatness. What I love most about Lireal is Nix's ability to portray a strong, but fallible human being who goes through the same insecurities that we all face while taking on impossible odds. The world of fantasy constructed by Nix is further explored and illuminated in this novel, and if anything, this sequel is better than its predecessor, Sabriel, which is also excellent. I would recommend it to readers of all ages because this book, and series, is one of the most artfully crafted, enthralling, and lingering fantasies I've ever encountered.
I hugely enjoyed listening to this novel. The narration and the prose were both fantastic. I enjoyed the way Stephen King could immerse me in an account of the past that was simultaneously exciting and rustic. It takes a talented author to construct a novel that can follow the quiet, introspective moments of its characters as well as their heart-pounding, exciting ones. I would recommend this book to anyone. Romance, action, sci-fi, suspense--once again, one of the greatest authors of our time is able to skillfully combine them all into an absolute gem of a novel.
As a connoisseur of dystopic, YA Sci-Fi novels, I can say that after reading many similar novels in the past, this one really stands apart from the crowd. There is something special about the way Roth portrays her strong female protagonist. You find yourself worrying about Triss and wanting her to succeed. I love the underlying themes of this novel, about identifying and acting-upon the qualities each of us values most in our dealings with our fellow man, and how those values can be warped when taken to extremes. It is both a mature and introspective novel as well as a thrilling, action-packed sci-fi. The romantic elements feel natural and engrossing. I would definitely recommend this book to all lovers of young adult fiction.
This was a satisfying sequel to a gripping new series about a futuristic, dystopian society. I think fans of Scott Westerfield's "Uglies" series would enjoy these novels, as they both focus on strong female protagonists and fast-paced action. One of my favorite elements of this novel is how naturally the romance is incorporated into the story, I hate books that focus on the romance and add the plot in as an afterthought--skillfully avoided here. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment. My favorite part of this production was Emma Galvin's performance. Her delivery of each role is so intense and skillful that I couldn't help but hang on her every word. Definitely an exciting book and equally as engrossing, if not more so, as its predecessor. A great read for teens or any lovers of young adult science-fiction.
I have markedly dichotomous taste in books, but sometimes you just need to lighten things up with a feel good romantic-comedy-type book. I love Kinsella's works because the dialogue is always witty and fun, and the narrator did a great job of delivering it. I often found myself laughing out loud listening to this book in my car. Kinsella's characters are charming and you want all their foibles to work out into a happy ending, to which the author always delivers. (I can't believe I just used the word foibles...) No, it's not some deep, literary masterpiece. But it was a lot of fun, and I'd recommend it for an enjoyable listen.
Sabriel could stand alone and be a deeply satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable read (although two mind-boggling fantastic sequels do follow). The Old Kingdom and the world that Garth Nix creates are such deeply magical, mysterious places that they have lingered with me more than a decade after I first enjoyed reading Sabriel. It was delightful recently rediscovering this series with Tim Curry's excellent narration. If I were stranded on a desert island, I would take Sabriel and its sequels with me. I don't think I could give it higher praise than that. I know that any lover of fantasy who gives this book a chance will be more than rewarded, both by the poignancy of Sabriel's story and by the quality of Tim Curry's narration. I wish it could go on forever!
Although this novel started off a little steeply by introducing the listener to the plethora of almost overwhelming sci-fi and fantasy jargon comprising Nix's empire, I was soon hooked by my desire to see the flawed, but sympathetic, Khemri succeed as a Prince. Although not as ground-breaking as some of Nix's previous works (such as Shade's Children or the Abhorsen series), I enjoyed the unique world and characters portrayed in this book. With plenty of exciting action and a smattering of satisfying and believable romance, this book has a healthy dose of everything lovers of young adult fiction could ask for in a novel. Overall, it was entertaining throughout and a good use of my credit.
I love Rick Riordan's natural style. His action is perfectly plotted and his dialogue sparkles. His characters are believable and endearing. The narrator did a great job giving voice to Percy, a daunting task when so many of us have a preconceived notion about what this awesome hero should sound like. This book was another great installment in a series I've grown to expect only the best from. The audiobook is excellent, and I would highly recommend it.
I cannot begin to rave about how much I love Neil Gaiman's book and narration. He is a fantastic author and performer. These productions are also kind of special because they augment the story by incorporating a little music into thematic portions. This story was wonderful and whimsical, a true representation of what great children's fantasy should aspire to be. I still find myself wondering about Nobody and Silas. This book lingers on long after the final page. Highly recommended to all.
Wow, this audiobook was absolutely phenomenal. The narrator was perfect, with a gritty, emotive, and versatile voice, I don't think they could have picked anyone better. The story took my breath away. It was so exciting and suspenseful! The action was described so perfectly that I could imagine all the bullet bending action in superb detail. I am never going to be able to watch a Western where bullets fly uni-directionally and gravity has a hold on its hero without extreme disappointment. Stop reading this and buy the book so you can get started! I loved this even more than Sanderson's Mistborn series.
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