Just when you think you completely understand what's going on, a kink gets thrown into the plot and you start to doubt everything you know so far. It's an addicting mystery and it kept me lying on the cough listening to what was supposed to be entertainment for my commute.
I haven't heard her other performances, but she does a great job. Nothing ruins a book more than a bad narrator- Lily Rains gave all the characters their own voice, and the overall narrative a great delivery.
Lisa, hands down. I still can't decide if there was a supernatural element to the book or not , but I do want to reach into that book and take that girl somewhere safe. Both Lisa and Evie- it's one of those stories where you start out witnessing the train wreck and spend the rest of it wanting to let everyone know what's waiting for them if they keep on.
I wish the ending were different, the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars, but the rest of the book was great, and my thoughts on the ending aren't negative enough to stop me from recommending it.
I love Cassandra Clare anyway, so this was an easy option to check, especially if you want to recap before the release of Clockwork Princess and are short on time to sit and read. Victorian awesomeness, a great Shadowhunter mystery with a well thought out love story featuring the ever popular love triangle but with a hopeless twist that will delight those that thrive on fictional tragedy. If you liked Clockwork Angel, this definitely does not disappoint. I think I may even like it more than the first in the series.
With regard to the narration, Ed Westwick would win out anyway by virtue of the deep voice and the accent, even if at the start he tends to read it a bit melodramatically. This quickly resolves and I find myself waiting for his chapters- the reason largely being that although Heather Lind does a really great job reading many of the characters, she misses the mark with several key ones. Charlotte Bramwell, for example, in her twenties, is read like an ancient and stuffy English woman; both Lightwood boys are read like aristocratic caricatures. So while you find yourself enjoying the performance, it's occasionally interrupted by something akin to Disney acting- not bad, just really out of place.
I still really recommend this title. I can't wait for the last one to come out.
I liked that it was a dystopian book where the main focus wasn't who you are/aren't allowed to love specifically in a romantic sense; it was more class divisions and loyalties. You need a balance of adventure and romance and Divergent does a good job of that.
Maybe something like Hunger Games in style and theme (though I liked Hunger Games much better, which is not to disparage Divergent, just a preference thing)
I feel like the author is trying way too hard to cram in a bunch of information that doesn't add to the story but instead seems intended to showcase just how much she knows about everything (you don't need to go into detail about the flow of poses in a yoga class, or what era every single piece of furniture in the main character's home is from, or have it described a million different ways how remarkably unamerican the main character is after living in England for so long... I get it! Yoga! Old Furniture! Expat! Let's move on with the actual story!)
Trim a lot of the fat. I know it sounds awful, but I feel like with some tighter editing it would have been an entertaining listen/read. Part of telling a great story is knowing how much is right and how much is rambling. When I realized the book was 24 hrs long, my heart fell. I commute about 10 hrs per wk, and I welcome long, entertaining books, but... I'm only human...
She makes everything entirely too dramatic. I never thought someone would try to romantically linger on words for something as prosaic as driving up a hill.
Buy a different audiobook to listen to.
I hate to sound mean. I was just really disappointed in this book, especially after seeing it highly recommended in so many places. I'm not some literature snob who thinks anything after Dickens or Hardy should just wither up and die (Far from the Madding Crowd is awesome, though). I mean, I love lots of different books, even Twilight! Take what you will from that last statement, I'll defend it to the end of time, or the end of A Discovery of Witches, whichever comes first. Maybe the book is better but I can't recommend the audiobook. Really glad it was on sale.
Fun chick lit
My only problem with the entire performance is that all the sort of love interest aged men in the book have odd, disinterested voices that come across as kind of above it all and schmucky. I don't think that's how they were written, just how they were performed. So there are definitely parts that were supposed to be light banter or plain conversation where I thought,
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