I've been reading a lot of reviews that the narration is bad from Stephen King for this audio book. I have to disagree. Maybe I'm just used to of listening to Stephen King's voice, but I don't mind and really don't find him annoying. In many ways, it gives authenticity of the Dark Tower series.
Sure, King is nowhere close from the late Frank Muller (RIP), but I enjoy listening to King's voice. I've read all of his books and King has narrated a great number of his novels, such as Bag of Bones, On Writing, and many other of his short stories. By narrating more of his materials, the constant reader gets an insight of what characters should resemble in the author's imagination.
As for the story in "The Wind Through the Keyhole", it took me a while to get into the book. I have forgotten how complex the Dark Tower series and how Roland tells his story within another story. It's brilliant how all of his stories intertwined with each other and you finally get a bizarre outcome.
I felt soft hearted when I heard Roland, Eddie, Jake, Susannah, and Oy, again.
This is why we are "Constant Readers."
In order to comprehend the full story, one needs to read from book one (Gunslinger) and read the complete series.
The Dark Tower series is the best set of books that you will ever read and or, listen to.
Wil Weaton should had been the narrator of "Have Space Suit - Will Travel." Mark Turetsky got annoying to listen to because of his funny candor. The first part of the book was okay, with the 1950 space suit, but it became too out of this world after that. Besides the reader, the story became too much like Star Trek and Mother Thing. I should had enjoyed it more because it's by Robert A. Heinlein, but it felt too much like a comic book with more pictures than words.
People freaks out when Walmart take over their neighborhood, but what about Amazon? When the Internet got big in the hey days, there were many choices besides Amazon. Even though they might not had the best prices, consumers had a choice to click elsewhere other than Amazon.
Now, Jeff Bezos is becoming another Sam Walton and taking over cyberspace by buying out or bullying other retailers. Bezos is not just a 10,000 pound gorilla, but he is the mother of all homepages whenever you need something to buy.
"The Everything Store" is somewhat an okay read. I don't really consider it to be a business book because there is no technical detail on the business and you don't really learn anything other than Jeff Bezos laugh and bullying. There isn't really enough history in this book on the company. It was mostly about the guy almost always getting his way.
We cannot click elsewhere anymore because its all "An Amazon Company."
In 2008 Amazon bought Audible for 300 million and other than the public library, there aren't any other sites to purchase audiobooks anymore.
Maybe because their son in-law is a minister now, Claire and Jamie has a lot less tenderness for each other? Maybe as they get older, they are starting to have a different level of passion for one another, instead of brute sex? Maybe Diana Gabaldon got some advise from her male friends that she should focus more on the history than on the love making?
Whatever the case may be, the author had a mission in mind when completing "A Breath of Snow and Ashes." I really had a difficult time at finishing the previous book. I almost had enough with Outlander altogether, but with the coaching from my friends, they told me that #6 would be better. They were right and I am happy that I am listening to them. I thought that "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" thus far is second best to "Voyager." Very solid!
As I get further into the Outlander series, I notice a progression in my discussions with my friends that already caught up. We no longer talk about time travel so much anymore, but we talk a lot more of the time frame. In most novels, the author spans their character's life rapidly and by the end of their books, the main character is either old and dead or old and wheeling off into the sunset.
It's vastly different with Claire, Brianna and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon aged them gradually, as in day by day. For example, when you look in the mirror, many of us don't see ourselves aging until we see the imperfections on our bodies. The style that Gabaldon choose to write is almost like reality. We don't notice the flaws of the characters because they don't leap through years unlike in other stories.
As I get caught up with the series, I hope that my reviews are being more insightful. I know that by discussing to my real life friends and asking questions about the Fraser Family, they too have new ideas about the stone that they haven't thought before.
I really hope they time travel again. I really miss the parallel worlds. That is my biggest peeve in the later parts of Outlander. Diana Gabaldon focuses too much on the upcoming war and homestead, that the stone is another pebble on the beach.
I just wished that Samuel L. Jackson would had told me to eat. He sure told me to sleep.
Lately, I've been on a horror kick and so far I've listened to pretty jacked up stories that have given me goose bumps. I really had high expectations on the first book by Seth Patrick, but "Reviver" didn't really suit my needs. As the first book in a trilogy, it lacked information on the reviver process. There was too much dialogue between the characters that gave no depth into the paranormal world.
I am a visual person and like to see scenes develop in my mind as I follow along, but maybe explaining the paranormal is better on screen than on print? The cover was more scarier than what was inside of the book. Very disappointed.
The story would been better on film because the book should had been a mockumentary instead of characters just talking and acting on the "Reviver."
Ghostbuster is one of my favorite movies of all time, but it would had been a terrible read because its hard to capture the visual into words. Seth Patrick's pages weren't vivid.
If you are looking to read "A Good Marriage" and "Big Driver", you should buy "Full Dark, No Stars" instead. Both short stories are apart of that book and you will get two more other novellas. I forgot that I already read "A Good Marriage" after I saw the movie. That's why I bought this story again. I was about to buy "Big Driver" after I saw the commercial on Lifetime, but glad that I did some digging because I already read it. Hopefully, they will make "1922" into a film from "Full Dark, No Stars". That is the best story out of the four. As for "A Good Marriage", the movie comes close to the short story.
I was asking my friend if she read "Horns" by Joe Hill and she suggested that I should pick it up and give it a try. Joe Hill is an offspring of Stephen King, which is awesome because it's another generation of horror. I've read Hill's other book about the Rolls Royce and I wasn't too impressed, but with "Horns", I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening. For those who knows his father's work, there is always a demented side in his readers and that's why we keep reading. In his son's writing in Horns, Joe Hill carries his father's traits so good it should made his old man cry by raising him as an excellent writer. It makes me what to read more of his son's work then the King of horror.
"The Perfect Storm" is a good book. It's not like the movie and all about the big wave, but the book is very technical, where you don't have to know anything about boating or fishing. Everything that you need to know is explain for you, like how to operate a Bilge Pump or what your body goes through when drowning. It's very well written for someone that hasn't experience sea legs. The majority of the second half is about the storm, but instead being narrated in the first person, the author gathers up interviews from eyewitnesses and document the report.
Sebastian Junger could had wrote "The Perfect Storm" as a story with lots of characters rotate through this once in a life time hurricane, but he doesn't. This book has good history and numerous facts. I really think that the author was trying to be apart of the crew that was being saved. Don't ask the unnecessary drama and just report facts and educate the reader.
The reason why I read "Proof" is for the science of alcohol. Basically, you are taking something fermented and drinking for pleasure or as an addiction. However you take your pleasure or poison, its pretty interesting how ethanol has so many combinations for booze. Adam Rogers covers it all, from the yeast to the common hangover. Good explanations what your body goes through with liquid substance. Just don't drink rubbing alcohol. Mouth wash taste better.
"The Fiery Cross" is the fifth book in the series and this is a mix review from me. Although I like the Outlander series thus far and want to catch up by the end of the year, I just think that Diana Gabaldon missed the stone on this one. I still think that Ms. Gabaldon is an awesome writer, but in "The Fiery Cross", she goes on too much of a tangent, where I felt lost in the story.
In this book, it became a murder mystery and it got too far fetch from its center. The author lost focus of the Homestead and went on going on a mouse chase. The Homestead part was excellent. I really liked listening to about the hardship with the settlers, but I just couldn't get over Claire being a doctor, mother, grandmother, wife, definitely a lover and now a detective? It's getting to be a tad bit ridiculous and I really hope that the author will scale back to the story in the next book.
There is no time travel in this book. Very disappointing. Mother, daughter, father and son in-law is a nuclear family. I kinda got tired of hearing about them altogether. They need to separate and use the stone a lot more.
Here is something to think about. 1771, American Revolution. 1776, George Washington. It would been fun if Claire and Jamie cross paths with the General.
Also, how come Brianna is the only child when Claire and Jamie constantly FUN-icating? I know that Brianna is on birth control because of her mom, but is Claire on the herbal medicine too?
It doesn't makes sense. Claire is not too old to give birth and Jamie is a stud. Why only one kid?
Like I mentioned before, I hope to be caught up with the series before the year ends. I just think that "The Fiery Cross" was out of sync from the rest of the previous books. My biggest disappointment that none of them used the stone. Instead of having two different timelines, this one became only one.
I'm hoping that my review will change as I catch up to the leaders. I got trapped in the middle of the pack and couldn't see the front runners.
The last few hours in the audiobook is pretty painful. Diana Gabaldon tries to fix too many loose ends. The end just ruined #5 for me. She should had saved it for #6.
Seriously, rolling tongues?
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