My hubby and I listen to books while driving in the car every week-end (we drive 5.5 hours each way so we like something to pass the time!). We really LOVE Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and have read all of their books so we were looking for a similar type author and seem to have found it with James Rollins!
James writes a few different books and many are in series, so if you are like me check online and read them in order (I prefer to read them in order)!
This book Sandstorm is the first in this series and we enjoyed it! James has a scientific mind and does get a little detailed in some of his description which is what my hubby loves and I am not as fond of it but he does do a good job without going too far in depth (for me)!
The narrator, which this is the first and only time I have heard him, was not as easy for me to listen to. He did a great job with each character having different voices and personalities but he did seem to have a little lisp or something when he said things with an "s" that was a little grating on my ears. I am hoping that in future books, if he is the same narrator that maybe things will be a little different!
I think that if you like Preston and Child and especially their Pendergast series, then you will probably enjoy James Rollins!
I agree with many others who say that the story idea is a cute idea and at times it is funny and totally unbelievable. I love history but his version put me to sleep! The story of the main character running away from a retirement home is very believable but the series of events are just so far out there that it make the story boring. There was some entertainment value but not much.
My mistake, I thought maybe this was an additional little book written by Janet Evanovich to go with her book Takedown Twenty! Unless you are doing a study for a college class and need something like this, this is not worth 10 cents. I do not care to listen to someone's analysis of a book that I read for pure enjoyment. I enjoy Janet's books and the humor and characters in them. This has nothing to do with it! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
This book is great! You will need to listen to this book and really pay attention....I call books that I can multi-task with , no brainers.....this book is NOT a no brainer!
Ken Follett describes everything with very colorful and artistic vision! You can imagine every character in the book, the beautiful cathedrals and every curve of each piece of architecture that is built! I loved this book! Some descriptions do get drawn out but in the long hall it was worth it all!
This is a classic!
I would have returned it, except that I feel that if I actually listened to the book I should keep it and pay for it! I purchased all 3 of these in the series at one time without having any knowledge of what they were about! Basically, there is no story here except innocent girl gets the sick mentally ill man who can only have S&M in his bedroom repertoire. It takes 3 books, thousand of "oh my" being said by the girl and literally hundreds of poorly written S&M scenes. I really believe that this only made the best sellers list because it was for sale in a cover that was not a pornography type cover and made the average house wife feel like she was doing something illicit! Boring! Be creative and you can come up with much better yourself!
You can read my review of the last book - it covers everything to be said about all the books! Do not waste your money, unless you are desperate to read S&M scenes or have curiosity about it, or have no life!
I guess if you are hungry for S&M this is your book! There is absolutely NO STORY line, or should I say the one there is, you figure out in the first book in the first few chapters. I ignorantly bought all 3 of these Fifty Shades Books, hearing they were all the rage. I will say that my sex life is varied enough that I don't need to read all of this crap written by this woman! I am sorry I purchased the set but I did not wish to return because I did listen to all 3 books hoping that they would get better in some way shape or form! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
All of the characters in this book are shallow and there is no development of anything in this book!
Ok - I love Jodi Picoult's books, they make me think! I have loved every single one except the very first one she wrote (Song of the Humpback Whale) - HUH????
Anyways, I love all the rest of her books and purchased this one thinking that this was another sure deal and a good book. I think Jodi was just trying to help her daughter Samantha Van Leer with book sales. If you have a child who would like to listen to a fairytale romance, this might work for her. I would never recommend for an adult or teenager to read this book. Boring and slow!
I would rate this book as another easy listening (mindless) - I can listen to this and easily work on computer or clean house or some other multi-task! I never would have picked this series except that I got a great deal on the first book and then found them funny! Read the whole series!
This book was enjoyable and gave me something to think about. If I were in this situation, what would I do, how would I feel, would I have made the choice to be in this situation being desperate as this couple was?
I am American -all the way- I can understand a lot of British but that being said, it took me a little while to get into the narration by Noah Taylor. I found some words just hard to understand.
I love Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum. These books are my go to books when I want something mindless, easy listening that I don't have to think about or concentrate on. They are funny and enjoyable and Lorelei King does an excellent job with all the many many voices she does throughout the series!
If you start reading these, please keep in mind that they are easy listening! I enjoy a good historical book or a good sci-fi or other deeper books but for going to the gym, doing housework....these are the books!
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