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Good Classic story, taken from a hard slice of life of the Jode Fambly. Besides learning about the Great Dust Bowl and the migration of the "Okies" in the 30's, Mr. Steinbeck weaves a tale of the Jode Family's dilemma of living day to day with little to eat but with the hope of a better life. Through it all, they remain giving of what little they have, while those with much more will kill the keep what they have. Every character is drawn out warts and all, with Ma the Matriarch, keeping the family together. The only downside to this audiobook was the annoying harmonica playing between each chapter. The narrator was good, with nice changes is voice style bwtn characters. Just get rid of the harmonica!
I've read a lot of good NAR stories and this is just pure sappy cheeeeze. 40% of the way thru this book, I was choking to get through it and rolling my eyes. I really didn't want to finish it, so why did I? I honestly can't say, except maybe I just wanted to see it to the end. But I really wish I hadn't wasted my time. How many times can each character say how much they love the other, how HOT and gorgeous they are, how each sexy scene is "explosive", "earth-shattering", etc, etc..... It's just toooo much to be believable. I guess reading this crap gives me a better appreciation for actual good writing, a story well told, a suspension of imagination. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either. Too breathy and slow. The ONLY reason I succumbed to buying this book was because it kept popping up in my "recommended" on Amazon and the ebook was on sale for $.99 and the audible version was $2.99. Pretty cheap read.....yeah, pretty cheap!
I first read this in 2009 and liked it but at the time didn't want to get committed to such a huge series, so I stopped after Outlander. Fast forward to 2014 Starz Outlander series and I got hooked again. So.....I listened again. And it was better the second time. Davina Porter does an amazing job of accents and character distinction. I hate when narrators lower their voices too deep to sound "male". Davina doesn't do that. It is slightly lower but doesn't sound weird or unnatural. Her voices sound male without sounding ridiculous. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to her read the book.
Typical Beauty and the Beast story, but who is the beauty and who is the beast changes. The story is slowly and carefully paced. The events of the story did not grab me, but within 30 minutes of listening, the writing did. Amy is talented with the words. Nothing ostentatious or flowery, just simple well placed phases and words. And the narration was spot on. Rob Shapiro's voice was emotive, sensual, and perfect for this story. His handling of the story amplified Amy Harmon's writing. For those, like me, who like New Adult Romance stories, there is no rated R+ scenes, so your young teen daughters can listen to this without the vulgarity that may make a reader hesitant with a car full of young impressionable minds. Don't get me wrong, I like a steamy novel, but this isn't one of them. It is sweet, emotional, symbolic, funny (LOVE Bailey), and heartbreaking. I think I would read Amy Harmon novels just because I really like the way she writes, period. This is my first but not my last Harmon novel.
Just finished books 1-6 in quick succession. LOVED it. I'm not a big Urban Fantasy fan, but this series was funny, adventurous, well written, well paced, built great characters, and just plain interesting. Did I say Funny as Hell too? The dog, Oberon, steals many a scenes and I want a hound just like him. The series isn't as "formulaic" as I would have thought, as many serial books can be. Books 1-4 follow similar outlines with an epic-like battle at the end, but books 5-6 vary slightly by having smaller yet more frequent "battles/conflicts" and seem to tie into each other, or build to something bigger in the foreseeable future...... Ragnorak! You get a Mythology lesson to boot. I don't know mythology, but I didn't have too, as it is spelled out enough for me to enjoy without being hit over the head with it. Now I must wait for book 7 for 6 months! I'm going thru withdrawls already. I want more Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile! Luke Daniels does a BRILLIANT job in voicing all the characters.... especially Oberon!
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but it was certainly more than I bargained for. I picked this book because a friend brought it too my attention as a possible "Walking Dead" prequel (she hadn't read it yet) and because my son and I were taking a road trip to see family and I wanted a book we both could enjoy. Both my Son and I were glued to listening. He never fell asleep the entire trip up or down (which he likes to do). He told his Dad when we got back home that he had to listen to the book and now he is and very much enjoying it too.
Now the book. **POSSIBLE SPOLIER ALERT** but really a synopsis.
Ultimately, this story is a case study in the Social and Economic Human Condition. There are a few epiphany moments, for me anyway. It is about the Good, the Bad, and certainly the Ugly of Humankind. We never find out the cause or find a cure for "Zack/G's...". And the "War" isn't really over. The interviews come from all over the world and from all kinds of people. From Geniuses to Children, and Military Soldiers to Clergy. The book is broken into parts that focus on a certain idea: Individual recounts of first sightings, the battle at Yonkers, the media, the economics, the aftermath/but not the end.... you get the idea.
Bottom line: listen to this story. It is well narrated by all. My favorite tho, is Mark Hamill. I loved his character, and Martin Scorsese (loved chapter 12). Ultimately it is a story of survival, but that didn't need a spoiler alert! Happy listening.
Oh, btw, I haven't seen the Movie for this book, and I don't think I want to like I usually do. It doesn't seem to resemble the book at all. This book would be too difficult to navigate on screen, so a first person account seems to make sense. But I don't see much resemblance btwn the two regardless. And to answer the "Walking Dead" question? It does seem like a WD prequel. I have watched all 3 seasons of WD and the TV series looks and behaves like WWZ in terms of how Zombies behave. If you are a WD fan, you will like WWZ.
I can't say this story is bad or good, I'm lukewarm to it. I don't really know how to feel about it. Perhaps I just feel nothing, which is sad after spending over 46 hours with it.
It was very well paced, neither too fast or too slow.
Characters were well thought out
Very interesting storyline
The few sex scenes or body part references were just awkward or weird.
Very big disparity in the representation of Ushikawa's voice between Marc & Mark.
Marc V's rendition of Ushikawa was great but made him seem dumb
Mark B's rendition of Ushikawa was annoying
Allison H's narration was good but way too slow, with a lot of hard "g" sounds
I liked Marc V's narration for the most part.
The story was okay, its a romance with sex scenes thrown in that are pretty decently written. Not bad, not great, but it was entertaining. The author never says but it is implied that Lord Ian has Asperger's Syndrome. There was no name for it during this time period, but it was viewed as a madness. While I liked the story, it wasn't enough to get me to buy into the other books that follow it. The narrator did a pretty good job too.
I was very surprised by this story. At first I didn't like Samantha much or her friends. She and her friends are "mean girls". But each day that is lived over again, peels back a layer of Samantha and her life, as well as her friends. You are made to realize that they are just as vunerable and flawed as everyone else. When Samantha learns that she dies, she goes thru the process of "grief", there is denial, pain/guilt, anger, depression, upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance. She sees, with maturity, how her actions have affected others. By the end of the book, I was in tears and I already know from the beginning that she dies over and over again. The story builds with each day, and while each day is the same day, how she changes it is very different. The story flows until you cannot put it down. I highly recommend this book, especially to teen girls as well as parents.
I thought the story was okay. I just couldn't get really into it, tho I did finish it. This may not be the book's fault, I was possibly distracted at the time I was listening. But my overall feeling during and after listening was.....Meh. Jim Dale, however, was fantastic! It took me a little while to get over the voice of Harry Potter, but it didn't take long. Every voice was distinct. I think it was JD's performance that kept me going with this particular story.
I can't say this book was bad or poorly narrated, only that it just wasn't my cup of tea. My husband recommended it and loved it and has since moved on to the sequels. But when the movie comes out, I supposed I'll watch it.
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