Think about every paranormal, alien-invasion, parallel universe, time-warp and supernatural story you've ever heard. Dump them all into a mixer and set the machine's dial to "liquify." That's this book. Previous reviewers' use of the word "disjointed" was exceedingly kind.
Some compare this book to the movie Ground Hog Day but in my view that's not on target. While the two stories share an idea, Replay is far more compelling because the story involves lifetimes, not just one particular day. Because of that, the characters' struggles with absolute loss is overwhelming.
I share a previous reviewer's opinion about the narrator. At first, I wasn't sure I liked his style and voice but very quickly realized that he melded into the story and became the voice of the story's protagonist. Very good job.
In my opinion, this is just a collection of I-hope-you-believe-me stories, some first-hand and some third-hand, that seemed as if they were written for a junior high-school English class assignment; not particularly compelling, relatively shallow and certainly predictable. In fairness, perhaps that's just how such oral "histories" sound; brief, unembellished and absent much context. Anyway, in my view, most of the stories fell in the "I had a weird feeling one time" category that left me wondering why I was listening. As to the alien-abduction memoirs, well, I have to admit that I stopped listening to the book altogether after the first one...
I'd never heard of the Outlander series despite the fact that it's been around for a while (it started in the early 90's). I only purchased the books based on audible members' near-universal raving praise.
That praise is dead-on. It's a beautiful love story and a rousing adventure with humor, tragedy, villains and heroes. Moreover, the narrator was born for this series; she's one of the best I've ever heard.
I've spent the last five months listening to all eight volumes; just finished last week and can't wait for the next volume (I understand the author is working on it for release in late 2013 - my hope is that the narrator will do this new one, too.)
Start with Outlander and then listen to the sequel. You will be hooked.
Absolutely compelling, great plots, subplots, characters, story, etc. Excellent narration, too. Be sure to listen to the prequel (Pandora's Star), otherwise you'll be a bit challenged.
I can't figure out if Kate Reading's superb narration made this audiobook so compelling or if it was just a terrific story - probably a little of both. The story takes a little while to get going but, once hooked, there's no way you're going to put down this book until the end. You simply care about the characters too much. Well done, author and narrator!
Great book, great listen!
I've read this book four or five times in the past twenty years and it's always been a favorite. I was initially reluctant to buy the audible version, wondering if it'd somehow diminish the story's wonderful flavor, complexity and character. But in the end, it was fabulous. John Lee's narration of this magnificent novel was nothing short of brilliant.
You care about the characters, the heros are very good, the villains are very bad and John Lee is one of the world's best readers. Buy this audible book!
This audiobook is awesome. The writing is suberb, the narration great. You must listen to this book.
And, like an earlier reviewer, I'm begging the author to do a sequel on Alba!
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