I would listen to "Deeply Odd" again, it is a precious story with an extremely lovable character. Odd Thomas again finds himself thrust into a world of chaos with just his extraordinary talent for communing with the dead. Once again, he is pit against evil with only his talent for seeing things in a a unique way and his willingness to use self-defense against those who would do him and others harm. The performers portrayal of Thomas Odd's character is good (when I read Odd Thomas books, he sounds different in my head than the actor who portrays Odd in the recording). But I still enjoyed his performance. Odd is funny and touching in ways that is rarely equaled in any genre.
This is the best Wheel of Time Book since Jordan passed away. Outstanding ending to a well thought out fantasy world. As there are no real beginnings or endings...This was a superior effort on Brandon Sanderson's part. Well done! Adults rejoice for a kind of fantasy experience that outdoes its children's Harry Potter counterpart.
I would compare this book to the first three installments of the wheel of time. Brandon finally got that good. I would also compare this to the Dune series in the depth and breathe of development of characters, however, it stands alone.
I would have rushed the ending if I was reading this as a book in my hands. As R. Dahl says "the suspense is terrible . . . I hope it lasts!"
It made me cheer! Yea for Rand's sacrifice. The Christ-like comparisons between this story and the new testament are there for everyone to see. Just like John Coffey in Stephen King's The Green Mile. It makes you happy and sad at the same time. You really feel for the characters...just like they are old friends you have missed for a long time.
The wait of several years until the story finally picked up and we are back with our old friends... Rand, Matt, Perrin and the women folk as well. Very strong characters all around. An exciting rich fantasy world full of life and death.
Rand's insanity as he struggles to remain sane until the final battle where he can finally face his destiny.
This is my first, but not my last time listening to Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's performances.
And YOU thought Harry Potter's world was so Cool. Wait until you see this!
One of the top ten fantasy epics of all time. Right up there with Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, etc.
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Edward, the Count of Monte Cristo himself is the best character in the book. His quest for vengeance is appealing to one's sense of justice. As Edward thinks "May God give me justice!" An original cat-and-mouse epic tale of betrayal, revenge, justice, and finding one's place in the world.
John Lee's steady voice and pace make one want to Re-read the book again and again. His melodic sounds create a sense of tension and the story steadily builds towards Edward's goals are achieved and he surpasses his own designs.
This is a book you want to savor. I listened to the first four part several times before listening the last part of the book.
Makes me want more literature favorites like Les Miserable and anything by Charles Dickens.
The most memorable moment is when Gus is the focus of the novel. He and Call are the most interesting characters.
Never heard Frank Muller's other performances and he was so understated that I would avoid getting another audible title with him as the performer.
No. This wasn't a real cliff hanger by any stretch of the imagination.
I really am disappointed. I really loved Lonesome Dove and this one just didn't stack up at all.
I loved that I could just relax and let the story cradle me in its arms. I really liked the made for television movie of this book as well and I was pleasantly surprised by how well the narrator wove the story around the different characters.
I would compare The Stand to Robert McCammon's Swan Song. If you loved the Stand you will love Swan's Song by McCammon.
I love Stu as a character and Frannie as well. I also like Tom and Larry Underwood. All the characters are so well rounded.
The End is Just the Beginning
I would definitely listen to Aftershock again and again. It reminds me of Hard Candy by Vachss which I read over a decade and a half ago. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Thanks again Andrew, the children of the secret are still reading and listening!
Hard Candy, Sacrifice, Flood, Shella, and Strega. All Vachss books written with love and razor blades in equal parts.
Phil and Natalie were exemplary in their depiction of Vachss's book of characters that are so tightly wound that they would snap in two like a wood board if their burden was any heavier. Phil and Natalie were absolutely 100% authentic in their smooth depiction of Andrew's work. I would love to hear another Vachss novel that was read by these two.
My tag line for a film of this book would be Aftershock . . . grabs you by the short hairs and does not let go!
Although I love the Thomas Odd series and this book was very creatively written, it just did not pull on my heart strings like when I read the book. I don't know if the narrator's voice just doesn't sync up with my vision in my skull about how Thomas would sound, but he sounds like a bit of a whiner instead of a good nature young adult with a sense of humor about the horrors of this world and possibly the next.
I probably would have kept auditioning for someone more in tune with the character as far as David Aaron Baker goes.
David Aaron Baker should work on his delivery, for Thomas Odd's character is one where th e character is filled with wonder and amazement and sorrow and most importantly a sense of humor about the whole crazy situation.
Insightful, Groundbreaking, Imperative
Dr. Phil's description of his wife's inability to negotiate was touching and uncomfortable to listen to as a woman since my bargaining skills are extremely lacking. It made me realize that I really need to work on my negotiating skills as a woman. I don't want to be taken advantage of.
Dr. Phil's commitment to his sons is particularly moving as well as his desire to protect his wife and the people who watch his show and buy his books.
Highly recommended! I did not like the previous Dr. Phil book, but this one is a winner!
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