Allentown, PA | Member Since 2012
Repetitive language! Apparently, every time someone chooses not to say anything, Child feels obligated to let you know. "Reacher was silent." "Reacher said nothing." For a book with such a good story, wow did that ever annoy me.
The final showdown was well done.
Don't get me wrong, this was a very interesting story. The narrator did a fine job as well, though he's not the best with female voices. If it weren't for the repetitive phrases that felt like lazy writing, I would have been happy with this purchase. It was just too much though. If you have the chance to borrow it from a library or something, I'd recommend that, but I can't suggest you purchase it if you like solid prose.
I was very excited about reading this book. The idea of super heroes and villains battling it out has always been exciting to me. I've read all sorts of super hero stories including the big ones (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc.) as well as non-Marvel/DC. That said, I enjoyed making my way through this book.
It wasn't perfect, however. I had a few issues with the transition from page to voice. Not all of it was from production or actors. There's quite a bit of internal dialogue going on her, but it isn't separated very well from the actual dialogue. I had trouble knowing when someone was thinking something and when they were saying it out loud. Also, the two actors, though both doing a very good job during their respective parts, didn't pronounce things the same. This could be forgivable, if it weren't key characters from the story being pronounced differently. It just really took away from the immersion.
My biggest problem with the book though was in the seemingly lazy writing at parts. I needed to re-listen to a few parts because it just didn't make sense. The villain is loosing to a magician and then he just leaves and declares that he knew they were illusions all along? It just felt like the author didn't know how to end scenes such as this so he just cut his losses.
Again, I enjoyed the book overall. I would definitely listen to a sequel, but it has a lot of room for improvement.
Inside youth's mind
As dramatic and tragic as Green's A Fault in Our Stars. Chbosky captured the mind of a hurting youth better than anyone I've ever read.
He was a wonderful main character/narrator!
The entire ensemble. So many interesting stories and personalities.
A must read for anyone who works with youth. Hard to hear at times, but you get connected with the main character better than most books I've read.
Brave Nerd World
I compare it more to movies like Goonies and Running Man or games like .Hack. It is kind of in a league of its own.
He is always good. He may not be an "A-list" actor, but he is able to infuse humor and drama any time it's necessary.
I wouldn't say extreme, but I managed to rack up a hefty library fine because I just couldn't return it before finishing. Very few books would I listen to from the library and still purchase just to have on hand!
If you're a child of the 80's, grew up playing video games, or just a fan of mildly dystopian future stories, you'll love this book.
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