For a book written when it was, this book is astounding with what they did. The book is from the 1930s, written before MUCH of the items "imagined" by the author(s) were in existence. Because of that fact, and with that in mind it's easy to forgive the 'mis-steps,' and see the story for what it is. Though brought back to reality, and occasionally torn from the 'suspension of disbelief' mindset that most of us are good at placing ourselves in when listening to a science-fiction story, it is surprising how easily they are able to keep you in that consciousness. Granted words now considered "taboo" crop up and surprise you, and concepts, even "items" (like a box that cooks food in mere minutes!!!!!!) now thought of as "everyday" are remarked upon occasionally, these just go to cement how "ahead of their time these authors were. Kudos!
useful info, but got a bit dated (even if just by a few years). still very useful tips and ideas. worth the listen.
uh, it ended.
no characters, not a story
"can do" people.
I don't usually listen to fiction more than one, so doubtful
Inflection, pacing, character vocalization, all spot on...
Would, but never can...
A 12 year old who hasn't yet had their parents explain to them how people or reality really interact.
I liked the first book. Because of the potential. But instead of utilizing that potential it seems that with every next step the bar is lowered.
Very doubtful. I'm not sure if she harmed the story with her performance, or because she was put in a position of having nothing to work with... but this just gets more awful. Not many books do I find that every time I push pause to do something else do I wish I had that time back.
Waste of time and potential.
Young, predictable, limited
Mom showing up
"If you liked the hunger games, you'll probably like this...should be more to this book.
This book isn't bad...but it's missing some of the meat that would take this from "tween reader" to "adult reader"
So, the problem is two fold: 1) that you continually want to call
The book, itself, is actually pretty good. A good start to a movie franchise (if they don't screw it up). But... There were way too many times where I got the feeling that the editor inserted words just to make the descriptions longer, and I found myself saying "get on with it." That alone, isn't the only reason for the "four" stars though. Neither is the title. *grin*
The reason I wrote this review is the narration. The narration is 85% good, 15% horrible. Over-acted. Or to use the words of the narrator - "Performed." Not read. Not narrated in such a way that the characters, voices and inflections seem plausible. But HORRIBLY overdone in a few cases. Don't skip it because of this, but you will immediately know what I'm talking about when you hear these specific characters.
I've loved the series thus far, but this book just bored me to sleep. It's like getting your high school report card back..."So much potential, if he'd just use it". It's like during the planning out the book, they diagramed it, put in the "hooks," then handed it off to a ghost writer who wrote the bland "between the scenes" and never got around to actually doing anything with the hooks.
I'm hoping the next one restores my faith, because it really is a great series to this point.
To understand my review, it may be best to describe myself. I grew up in the culture just barely before that of these girls studied in this book. I'm still of the 'old school' who opens doors and expects a woman to be worthy of a date, though I date women from this generation - I've done the "hook up" for many years and have grown past it. This book describes, in honest "in-your-face" detail, the way most younger adults now think. The real lesson is that this is a review on an entire culture, not just women and sexuality.
Probably the best audience for this book is for young women themselves, but immediately thereafter for parents of young women. And by young women, I mean 12-14 year old women. Yes, specifically that young, because whether you like it or not, or you think it or not...your daughters are who this is book is nodding towards. And if you think "not my daughter", then it's even MORE likely your daughter could be reviewed in the next revision.
I think ths book would help you to read/understand your children. Read their problems and pressures, their emotions and their fears. Stop acting like "they're too young." You don't get to decide that any more. You gave up that right when you expected them to act like adults at 14. If you want to take any semblance of that back, then you need to learn to communicate with them and talk openly about the things you DON'T like to think are happening. And to do that, you need to actually know the truth. Not just what you want to hear.
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