A few observations about this book which I thought was good but not great. I probably shouldn't compare it to "Wool", but how can I not? "Wool" was so fantastic that it set a very high bar for me when it comes to books by Hugh Howey and this book just fell short. Mostly, it felt unpolished and less sophisticated in its writing than "Wool". Looking at the publishing dates for the two works, it appears that this one was written before "Wool" (at least it was published before "Wool"). If so, his writing certainly got more polished with "Wool". All that said, "Half Way Home" was still a decent read. Parts of it are reminiscent/derivative of many different sci-fi books but there are many serious and thought provoking topics that can be discussed while reading this book. I am glad I also had the print version because the audio version is missing "Chapter 0" although I am not sure why. The narrator is fitting for the book and does a pretty solid job. He's not the best narrator ever but he is definitely good. The book isn't very long and it was a fairly entertaining way to spend 6 hours. I can't fully recommend this book but if it sounds interesting and you really like Sci-fi and Hugh Howey (and have already read "Wool"), then it's worth a quick read (or listen).
I just loved this book! It was original and had a great narrative voice which suited it well to audiobook format. Mary Robinette Kowal does a great job narrating. Though I wasn't a fan of her male voices, she did a fantastic job with the female ones, particularly the two main characters of Henry and Sloane.
Fairy tales must be the "in thing" as I have seen lots of books lately playing off this genre (not to mention the TV shows). This book puts an interesting twist on fairy tales which makes it even more enjoyable than your standard fare. The cast of characters is great. I especially love Henry (a Snow White) and Sloane (a wicked stepsister). The interplay between these two had me chuckling.
I'm not sure if the author has plans to write more books for these characters but I hope she does. This one was very entertaining. I highly recommend it!
Enjoyable, light mystery. However, I would not recommend the audio version. I'm not from South Carolina, nor am I great with identifying regional accents, but something about the narrator's accent didn't ring true; it sounded forced to me. Also, the sound quality was not up to par for most Audible productions. Read the book in print instead.
3-1/2 stars: This book is very hard for me to review because I have such mixed feelings about it. It was not quite what I had expected and so I feel a little let down by that. I expected, overall, a much more uplifting story. Yes, I expected sad parts but honestly, most of this book was such a downer. I didn't make me cry but it made my heart feel very heavy and sad so that I wanted to cry but couldn't quite. There were a few uplifting, positive moments peppered throughout, but not enough to offset the oppressive sadness that permeated the story. On the other hand, I was completely fascinated, and oddly charmed, by the character of Arthur Opp and the gentleman who read his part in the audiobook was wonderful. He really captured the essence of Arthur. The reader for Kel was very good but didn't stand out in any unique way from other young adult male readers I've listened to. Finally, I wish the author had taken us into the relationship between Kel and Arthur instead of leaving us where she did. I felt a little bit cheated at the end of the book. I'd recommend this book, but with reservations.
This one was a definite page-turner. Parts of it were predictable but there were still plenty of twists and turns to keep me reading, anxious to get all the details. I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle and I enjoyed the print version more. While Scott Brick is usually a solid narrator, I was not overly fond of his reading for this book. His cadence and intonation just didn't fit the character for me. He wasn't horrible, but the voice in my head was better this time around. Definitely well worth reading!
Wow. Just wow. This was an excellent audiobook. R. C. Bray does a fantastic job making Mark Watney feel like a real person. Sometimes I thought the technical details given were too descriptive but I didn't let it bog me down. I didn't worry about whether I understood it or not, because in all honesty, I didn't feel it was all that important. When you strip away all the detailed technical mumbo jumbo, the story was just captivating...and darn exciting. Mark has such a great attitude and an excellent sense of humor and Bray portrays this wonderfully. This humor, along with a good dose of sarcasm, made me laugh and kept me rooting for him the whole time. You don't have to be a sci-fi fan to appreciate and enjoy this book. Highly recommended. Well worth the audible credit.
Bobby Dollar's voice and sense of humor is reminiscent of Harry Dresden's, giving this book a similar "feel", but the storyline is purely original. Here we have angels and demons (as opposed to wizards, vampires, fae and other paranormal creatures found in the Harry Dresden books). This is the first book in the series and is a great start. Bobby gets caught up in all kinds of craziness, including the search for missing souls and an investigation into the murder of a demon all while trying to stay alive himself. There is a lot going on and Bobby tells his story with a very entertaining narrative voice.
Narrator George Newbern is fantastic! He does a wonderful array of voices and his cadence and tone are perfect. Well worth the audible credit!
Let me start by saying that this is only the second book in the series that I have read. I read the first book in print many years back and thought it was cute but wasn't interested in rushing out to read more. However, when this book became available through one of Audible's 2-for1 credit sales the preview sounded interesting enough that I thought I'd give it a try. Many times with cozy series you don't have to read them all to be able to enjoy any of the books. And that wasn't a problem here either; I was able to follow the story and characters without being familiar with them. However, maybe if I had been invested in the characters from previous books, I would have been more interested in this story. As it was, despite all the action, I was bored. I just couldn't bring myself to care for the characters or what was happening. I gave up listening a little before halfway through.
Also, the narrator's voice didn't seem to fit the character. In my opinion, she sounds more like a teenager and less like a full-grown adult. Maybe this played in to my dislike of the book, as well. I think Eileen Stevens would do a great job reading a young adult novel as her pacing, cadence and voices were all spot on. She just didn't work for me for this book.
If you are already a fan of this series, you might like this book, though I'd stay away from the audio version (unless you've listened to them before and don't mind the reader). If you haven't read this series before, I wouldn't recommend starting with this one.
There is no better way to describe this book than to say that it is absurd but a lot of fun. Where does this author get his crazy ideas? This is the second book I have read by A. Lee Martinez (the first was "Monster") and both were bizarre and fun. I have to admit that I enjoyed this book more than the other, as at least with this one I knew what the point of the book was (strange though it might be). This book was just pure fun from beginning to end and Khristine Hvam does a FANTASTIC job narrating! Suspend your disbelief and go along for the wild ride. This book is well worth an audible credit.
This book is captivating. I finished it in a day. It's not normally the kind of book I'd read but I picked it up for a book club (which I also usually don't do) and I am so happy I did. The performance is very good but the story itself is what makes this book so excellent. It's about life and the interweaving of the lives of those around us and how everything happens for a reason (even if you don't know why at the time). It's beautiful and ugly, heart wrenching and heartwarming, simple and complex. Word of warning- have some tissues handy towards the end if you cry at emotional books (I do) and maybe avoid listening to the end in public (I was crying at work and was having a hard time reigning it in, LOL).
Delightful audiobook. Narrator Allison McLemore's southern accent is a pleasure to listen to. (She also does a fantastic job with Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie series, also southern.) She does a great job with all of the characters, even the male ones. The story is a light, fun blend of mystery, romance and women's fiction. Worth the audible credit (and also worth reading in print).
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