My 8 and 6 year old loved this story. We have the actual book so we had the wonderful illustrations to look at too. They are amazing and I wish they were included with the download.
All the faithful readers knew this was the last book for Sookie. Hard to say what we all expected. As one reviewer said, it seemed like a lot of cameos, but as I listened, I though, "Awww, her friends are there when she needed them." And honestly, I loved 'seeing' them again and hearing a little about their happily-ever-afters.
As far as the story, a little predictable with the characters and less of a mystery novel as the first books in the series were. Many loose ends are tied up. Once you have committed to 12 books, I doubt many readers will skip the last be based on reviews. If anything, read it to be done with the series.
It was good, yes there are inconsistencies - as always- but is the ending ever as good as the beginning or middle? I don't mind the happily ever after type of ending. Sookie deserves that much.
I downloaded this for two reasons, Charlaine Harris and Diana Gabaldon. Harris's contribution was alright - not great, but still part of the Sookie universe. I really like Gabaldon's though. Trying to place it in the Outlander chronology - it is when Lord John is in the Indies after Claire and Jamie are gone to the Colonies. I really did enjoy the story- it was short, but for the material, it was great.
I plan on listening to the others at a later point.
I love the Sookie series. #12, and now left waiting at the end of another book for the next installment in May. Can't say very much about it without being a spoiler - but it was worth a credit and I feel pretty invested in the series at this point. I enjoy the "light" listen and caught myself several times smiling, laughing or even adding a comment of my own when a character said something stupid. The only downside of #12 - is that it felt short even though it was similar in length to the others.
I tried watching one episode of True Blood - and found that it was too different than the books. One reviewer commented that CH might be letting the True Blood series shape the books, I didn't see it from what I watched compared to the entire book series - but I do like the direction so far in #12. I love Johanna Parker - again, a wonderful narration.
After reading several review, I decided to try King again. I read most of his early stuff, took a break, then tried a couple more with mixed feelings.
I loved this book! Typical to have a bit of the supernatural that is bigger that we "get" and the pop culture that King is a master of using in his story. But for me the best part is the creation of the characters. I want so much for it to work out for Jake. I love the era, the detail of the time and of Jake's story aside from Kennedy. That is what makes this a great read.
If you haven't read King in a while, come back for this one. If you are a fan, you've already read it. If you are reluctant to read King - this is a great one and not to be missed. It is not the horror story, nor the super-super paranormal of some of the novels that are interconnected and twisted up a bit.
I really enjoy Walter Isaacson and loved Einstein. I like other reviewers, I did not really like the narrator. He was alright - but not great. Both my husband and I listened to this. He listened first and was telling me about Steve. Since that, I found it difficult to finish mostly because of the narrator and Steve is difficult to like through much of the book. I probably would have finished it quickly if my husband hadn't already told me about key points in the book.
I loved the fact that Jobs is presented realistically - arrogant, obsessive and a creative genius. I am now considering listening to Woz's book to see how he sees the other side of the story.
I really enjoyed both the story and narration. I was interested in learning more about our current technological abilities when it comes to using and understanding DNA.
Collins does a very good job with the subject and I enjoyed the practical nature of his presentation. I still doubt that we will be the DNA society that he hope we will become in his best case scenario example. But, it does make me interested in DNA testing and what it can reveal and I wonder if it will change how a person decides improve their health with that information.
I love the narration - Itzin does a great job.
This was very good, but not GREAT. A worthwhile listen if you like to know about the people and the research and debate in physics/cosmology.
I enjoyed it, loved the narration and learn quite a bit in the process. Is this the best science that I have listened to? - No but only because this book is about the details of discovery, the people, places and papers that are a part of the history of scientific discover that tries to answer the essential questions of the universe. How did it begin, and what is happening now, and what will happen in the future? This book discusses what we currently can observe and explain about energy and matter in the context of the whole universe. It gives a little bit of insight how and where these scientists work.
If you are a fan of Outlander, this is a nice addition and fits in while Jamie is in prison. I have listened to another Lord John, and it was ok - I like Lord John and his love of Jamie adds a dimension that is interesting, I just don't need the "romance novel" details, for that matter, some of the hetero romance detail is more than I like as well. But, don't let that stop you, there is not much of it and easy to pass over.
This is a good read and falls in the series between Dragonfly and Voyager. I read Voyager just after this again and it was nice to have more of the pieces to fill into Jamie's unknown 20 years. Such a great fit, written so long after Voyager I really appreciate Gabaldon's skill.
As far as the narration, I enjoyed the performance of Jeff Woodman doing both John and Jamie while in the narration from John's point of view. Rick Holmes did not do so much for me as Jamie - not bad, but after the couple hundred hours of Davina Porter doing Jamie's voice, Holmes is higher pitched and a bit nasal for how I imagine a man over 6 foot and burly to sound like. I wonder if I would have liked it better if I had read it myself and heard Davina Porter's voice in my head. Woodman does a bit better at it and I do like his voice of John even better than Porter's. His voice has the "fine" quality that fits John.
I did enjoy the two points of view in the narration. I have come to appreciate that in the later books of the main series as well as Gabaldon tells from other points of view than Claire's. It is nice to hear John and Jamie's thoughts and how their understanding of each other becomes the start of a friendship.
I look forward to other "short" (not so short) stories that fill in some of the stories of the other characters. I hope that one day, instead of having to buy the anthologies just to get one of Gabaldon's, that all the shorts will be in one compilation with good narration that compliments the portrayals of the characters we already hear in our minds when we think of them.
I am not an avid fan of OSC - but I enjoyed Stonefather. I listened to the Lost Gate and loved it so I sought out more and found this. I have since listened to other OSC short stories, but have not become enthralled to the point to read everything he's written. So if you are not familiar with OSC -this might be a great listen since it seems out of his typical series genre - sci-fi Ender series. If you are an Ender fan, not sure how this will go over with you.
The narration is good - similar to Lost Gate - with Emily Janice Card narrated with a male main character - she does a great job.
This story comes before Lost Gate, but takes place in an unspecified distant past most likely on the other world. I found Lost Gate first and then this - I don't think the order mattered.
The Gate Thief is expected - looking forward to it.
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