Ok. So, this book was enjoyable because it picked right back up where book one left off. There was continuity of the story and even though the plot got a little muddied, I still found it immensely enjoyable.
I had a real fondness and connection to Rigg and the other characters too. But, Rigg, brought me to tears on several occasions when I didn't expect it. He was the kid I wanted to pat on the back and say; Go for it! You're doing great.
I have listenend to these narrators (Auditors, as I like to call them) before. I love the way they worked together and made the story pop. It really kept my interest when they do the voices for each character. In Chapter 11 there was a variance from the way the character was supposed to sound which caught me by surprise but it only happened once and so what.. No one is ever perfect. Not even when you have an editing team...
I can see this being made into a movie. I have already addressed this in a previous review but I would like to see "fresh faces". I don't know of any actors / actress's who fit the description for these characters right now. However, my "tag line' would be: The World is bigger than you ever thought..
I learned something about the Indelible American spirit in the face of adversity and obstacles. This book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves knowledgeable. You may be surprised what you didn't know.
I really liked how the Author was true to the spirit of George Washington Carvers environment in the south during the late eighteen hundreds. The performance was very well done. The Auditor brought the characters to life with grace and breath.
This was story of strength and quite ferocity. This man was able to get things done even when every door was closed to him. He found a window. This must be where the saying "no excuses" comes from because Mr. Carver was under constant threat of lynching, beatings, jailings and other atrocities visited upon this race of people in that era and yet he educated not only himself, but thousands of others. I had chills when I finished reading this book and though I have never been subjugated, I felt a call to action. "Each One SHOULD Teach One".
Wow! This was not a novel. This was a RIDE! I have never read Orson Scott Card before and was very pleasantly surprised. The plot, story line, flow and performance meshed beautiful. This book flows like a well played musical. It did start a little slow, but thats just to keep you from getting WHIP LASH. I loved the characters and at certain points in this book, they (the characters) moved me to tears.
If I could change anything about this novel, it would be the length. I wish it was longer. I felt that a little more detail would have been effective in lengthing the book. I can see this being made into a movie but I think the characters would call for several unknowns and or newbies coming to the acting world.
Did I say I loved this story? I did? Well I'm saying it again. I loved this story!
Well, I did it! I waited the year and some odd months for "The Twelve" by Justin Cronin to come out. The day Audible released the book, I fell upon my computer like a chicken hawk and locked my copy into my library. I downloaded it to my trusty IPhone, (while tapping my toe.. Could not wait!), popped in my earphones, closed my eyes and.... two hours in I'm thinking maybe I missed something. So, I re-listened to the first two hours. Hmm, OK. Maybe I should listen a little longer.. Welp. I finished the book, listened a second time.. and, it was agony. It's with great trepidation that I write this review. I really liked that some of the original Characters were still in the book. Even some that may have been thought to be lost and never to be found again. I also liked that the book was lengthy and had great bones..Now, What I really didn't like:"The Twelve" by Justin Cronin, did not give me the "rush" that only a very good scare can do. It did not "wow" me. I am rather underwhelmed and deflated. See, here's the thing, The Plot was great. The Story Line was EPIC. The execution was ehh, not so much...Justin lacked the ability to keep the story line and plot cohesive with the fist book. Characters and time frames seemed to be out of wack making "the reader" in this case, me; very frustrated. I'm not going to bash this book but it was not for me. I certainly expected more from Justin since his first book was a real butt-kicker. If he reprises the characters and does a branch off, (City of Mirrors in 2014) I will probably pick it up. I just won't be pee'ing my pants waiting for it...
Without giving to much away; I found it a great disappoint that Justin wrapped the story in a traditional, predictable way. I
Scott Brick however, gets four thumbs up! He brought life, likability and realism to the Characters. I really felt them become solid at his vocal commands. He's an amazing Auditor.
I could see this book becoming a movie. I would hope if its being looked at for that purpose, Steven Speilberg should direct. I can see Jodelle Ferlind playing the young girl, Cicely Tyson as the nun (with a stunt double of course) and Jared Depadeu as the father figure.
I won't even call this a book. It was an adventure from the time I started listening until the last sentence was spoken, it was a roller coaster ride. Very well done. Great Plot. Kept my interest. More over, I hope another will be available soon. Justin Cronin surprised me utterly. I am a total Stephen King, Dean Koontz girl but there is definately a new sheriff in town.
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