Normally, I am a huge fan of fantasy novels. Suspending reality in order to enjoy a story is not a problem, but this story is just odd and way over the top. But, my main problem with the book is Chabon's narration. It was like listen to an adult try to make a storybook more interesting to a small child. His tone and cadence grated on my nerves enough that it made the story even less enjoyable. Maybe if I had just read the book, I might have liked it.
This is a fabulous read. A story about a teenager dealing with a lot of typical teenage issues, plus the not so minor issue of his burgeoning super powers. He fights with his dad, he gets teased by his peers, he has a crush on a famous person, he is struggling with his emotions and he feels like he will never fit in anywhere. These feelings are magnified because he is gay and he is sure his dad will never be able to accept it or the fact that he is super powered.
While this book is written for teens, adults will enjoy it too. This is a fast paced read with many twists and surprises. The book is full of super powered beings with a variety of abilities. Plus, it's a great story. Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop until the book was over. I REALLY hope Perry Moore writes a sequel. And Micheal Urie is a fantastic narrator. He captures the voice of the teenage protagonist perfectly.
FYI- This is not a story to sit and listen to with your 10 yr old. Just because it is about superheroes, doesn't make it appropriate for everyone. There is violence, loss and some age appropriate sexual overtones, IF you are the target audience,
I really enjoyed this story. It took some unexpected twists and turns. It was easy to become invested in the main characters. I originally tried to read this novel, but found the story slow to start. I am a fan of fantasy, so six months later I decided to try listening to the book. Applause to the narrator that kept me focused and excited for more from the very beginning! Now I can't wait to buy the sequel. I loved this book.
If you are a fan of Julie Garwood, you know her typical format for her books. Girl needs the help of boy to stay safe. Though the girl is smart and strong, she needs a man's help fighting the villain. And in the process, they grudgingly fall in love. Whether she is a damsel in distress in the highlands of Scotland and her hero is a Laird or a professional woman in modern day America and her hero is a law man.
The secret to a good Garwood book is how creative the details of the story are in her tried and true format. I happen to be a fan of Ms. Garwood. I have read the majority of her books. While this wasn't my favorite of her books, it was enjoyable. The narrator did an excellent job.
Great narrators. Even when the author dissolves into overly flowery prowse, both narrators do a wonderful job sounding involved in the story.
I loved the concept for this book and was very excited to finally listen to it. It started out slow, but mainly due to the authors use of overly detailed descriptions and even a few lapses into other languages, all meant to establish the romance and deep beyond time love of the main characters. It dragged until the middle, then the story started to really develop and I started to care about the characters. Towards the end the book took a dark and almost macabre turn. The rest of the book followed suit. I went from just liking the book, to really disliking it.
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