I loved the way Zola delves deeply into the psychology of his characters and not just the two main characters, but others as well.
It is dark, brooding and cynical, but not overbearingly so. I found I enjoyed it as a horror story and as a commentary on French society of the nineteenth century--it works wonderfully as one or the other or both!
To be honest I bought the book for her narration--I was not disappointed! Her voice and inflection are incredible and very easy to follow. She reads with emotion but not obnoxiously--her narration is subtle and she is also wonderful with the French names and places in the story.
It was disturbing and dark--but in a good way. It makes you think about the way human minds work with the added benefit of seeing how the nineteenth century's view of moral choices is portrayed in the book and how that plays out in the plot.
An actual plot would have been nice, and characters that were more than just stereotypes.
It hasn't stopped me from loving science fiction, but I seriously doubt that I will ever pick up a book by Herbert ever again.
I don't think it was their fault necessarily.
All of them? Rewrite the whole thing?
I understand that this is considered a classic of the genre, but as a reader ( a female librarian with a master's degree) it irritated me within the first few sentences. The main character is essentially foretold to be the "better than the women who currently do this" seer / Messiah. The story is dry, dusty and completely predictable. If you are a lover of sci fi and a believer that women and others who not old white men are actually people, then I suggest you find another book. I wish I could give it back.
The reader for George was FANTASTIC. She had depth of emotion and range for voices. IT almost felt like the other reader wasn't even needed
I like that the story was set in a society that had lived with Zombies for decades. The reader got to see what a society like that would look like. So it probably wasn't as actiony as most would expect from a zombie book but it was definitely worth the read.
My favorite scene is one that I cannot describe here (SPOILERS!) but suffice it to say that there was action where there needed to be and lots of heart too.
Yes! I found myself driving around a bit more than I needed to so I could find out what happens next!
As long as the reader (or in this case listener) accepts the fact that this mystery takes its time and relishes in character development and abandons hope for fast paced thrills -- they will like this book. It took me a minute to really dive in but once I did I fell head over and was addicted and desperate to know the ending before I knew what had happened. I cannot say if I would have read this without knowing JK Rowling wrote it (sorry big HP fan) but after reading it I do like it for its story! I don't think just because of the writer, but I know I had a little more patience because of it.
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