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I love Carl Hiaasen. His novel Nature Girl is my favorite book and I've read several of his others that were all amazing. This book however left me wanting. I never felt a real connection to the characters, and although I love a character who's kind of crazy, there were no less than 3 completely certifiable men in the book and it felt like loon overload. The "villians" of the book were interesting and fun to watch crash and burn, and the premise was good. Still, not my favorite of his.
As for the narration, I've listened to one or two of his narrations before and I'm not really a fan. It's a little too droll for me and his voices for two of the guys was very similar so when they were having a conversation I couldn't tell sometimes which one was talking. His female voices aren't very convincing, but he has kind of a gruff voice so I can see why.
Overall, I'm glad I read it, but I won't again.
I really enjoyed the meshing of magic and fantasy and reality. I enjoyed the villain and the support characters. I didn't care for the main characters though. Something about the lack of self-confidence the male lead sometimes displays and the feeling of defeat throughout the book was just really depressing. I understand it's not exactly a happy book, but it just made me sad. I also disliked the long build up and planning that took up 90% of the novel. When the action came it felt underwhelming after all of that.
His narration was good, not great, but good. I liked his ease with the pronunciation of foreign words.
The narration was excellent, but the author's wry sense of humor was wonderful. The characters were fleshed out and each had their own story and quirks. The monsters were awesome, and the pervasive and often joyful violence throughout the book was something I thought would put me off but really didn't.
I honestly can't think of any book I've read that is similar to this one and that's a good thing. It's sort of genre bending.
Amazing book! I highly recommend.
I usually don't read short stories, but I decided that since I was already a fan of John Scalzi's book "Readshirts" and since it was free, I'd take a listen. It came in handy when I was having a hard day of driving and I needed something to keep me awake. I was invested in the characters and still amused by their situation. Scalzi has a talent for making things both critically important to the characters and completely ridiculous at the same time, so even when there's a little suspense, you still have to laugh. Definitely worth a listen.
The author took an older concept and made it fresh, original, and very cool. All of the characters have this awesome humor even when they face imminent death, and Wil Wheaton conveys this perfectly.
Even though it's less than 40 minutes long, it still had enough interest to make me feel invested in the characters and their survival.
Tim Curry is the BEST narrator I've listened to! I literally buy books just because he narrated them. The story is great! It's a scientist's wet dream and an insane romp through the bowels of the earth.
I liked Professor Lidenbrock best. He's insane, but I like that, and he's unshakably optimistic even in the face of almost certain death. His impatience, his child-like enthusiasm, and his raw energy make him into the kind of ridiculous old person I want to be when I get older.
I think I related more to Axel's logic and that he's the voice of reason, and I loved Hans' ability to completely ignore his peril, but Lidenbrock was undoubtedly my favorite.
It's hard to put my finger on exactly what makes him a fantastic author. I would have to say that Tim Curry is simply made of awesome and everything he reads becomes 30x more interesting than it would be in print.
Great short story! The writing is made even better by the performance and I would suggest this to anyone who would like to dip their toes in the pool of Sherlock Holmes stories available.
Keep in mind though, that if you have the audio version of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" then you already have this story since it is one of the collection of stories in that book. It's read by a different narrator however, so you may like to listen to both anyway.
I haven't, but I got "A Journey To The Center of the Earth" just so I could listen to another of his narrations. He's amazing!
Tim Curry's Narration makes a wonderful classic book very approachable and engaging. He even does women's voices well.
Whimsical, Festive, Cute.
When his heart grows three sizes. So cute.
I wasn't in love with his voice for the Grinch. Not sure what it was that I disliked though. His voice for Cindy Who was absolutely awful. Just whiny and strange.
I could pass on the music, and would have liked a different narrator. Still, it's a wonderful book and anything by Dr. Seuss is amazing.
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