This is my second time through with this book. I listened to it when it first came out and had a hard time liking it a couple years ago. So, with the movie coming out - I wanted to see why the kids were looking forward to it. Maybe I didn't groove on it for other reasons the first time.
As it is, the second time, I thought it was ok - a great story premise and likable characters however I often felt that the dialog was not realistic and often over done. Teens are sarcastic, but not every word to each other is witty or full of irony. I felt that a good portion of the time I was stuck in a creative writing class reading overly worked sentences.
That being said, I can see why the books are popular mostly to The YA target audience and not so much for adults that like the YA genre. I like YA, the characters are usually fun, the themes are mature while the stories can retain some innocence.
So I listened to the next two in the series. The author does show growth in her writing and crafting dialog in the series. At this point though after reading three, I've had enough for a while and may revisit the series at a later point. The narrator for this one is ok. But the switch for the next two helped - much better on different voices and she had a better interpretation (director might deserve the credit) of the scenes and dialog.
Bottom line, a popular series with a girl as the lead, dealing with love, best friends, parents in peril, supernatural powers and evil villains.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Loved the feel and easy pace of the narrator. All the characters felt like you could have lived there and known them.
The story is sweet, touching and just enough of the "out of the ordinary" but not too far out.
The writing is beautifully crafted - a refreshing "read."
Worth the credit and I would look for more from this author.
A look at the changing Earth from the minerals up. I really enjoyed the book and narration. Haden does a very nice job at tying the chemistry of the inorganic and organic together.
I love science non-fiction whether physics, biology or cosmology- and now geology finally. If you like geology or collecting rocks, this adds to the story of each rock. If you like learning about how the Earth and life began, this brings more detail into focus on the role minerals played and the effect of life on the minerals we see today.
Easy to listen to and follow. I will definitely listen again to absorb even more. Walter Dixon narrated beautifully. I would look for more titles that he has read as well.
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.
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.
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.
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