This is a sequel to The Last Werewolf, which was a great book with a great narrator. Tallula Rising is a pretty good book with a terrible narrator, which ruined the book for me. I assume Penelope Rawlins is a good narrator for particular roles, but this was NOT one of them. The third book is due out in 2014 and I'm begging Glen Duncan: PLEASE do not use this voice actor again!
Let me elaborate. The main character of this book is a 30-something cynical woman from Brooklyn who becomes a werewolf. The narrator of the audiobook sounds like a 20-year-old girl and has a neutral, middle-East Coast patois, but randomly slips into a Bostonian/Bronx accent with words like "orchard" (awwchud) and "pattern" (pat'n). If the whole narration was done as a New Yorker, she might have pulled it off, but it's so arbitrary that it sounds like an amateur mistake and gets really annoying by the halfway mark.
More annoying is the frequent and bizarre mispronunciation of common words. How can a professional voice actor repeatedly mispronounce "capillary" and "Haitian"? This happened so often that I found myself correcting her out loud, in my car, my house and on the street. By Chapter 20, I was shouting. People stared.
Even so, I have to admit that I really enjoyed the storyline. A warning: the author is rather obsessed with the word "c*nt", and there's a lot of gore (it IS about werewolves), but as long as that doesn't bother you, it's a great storyline. If I had read the traditional, paper book, it would have gotten 4.5 stars.
Adulting is a book of great, concise, useful information delivered in a realistic, approachable, and funny manner. Seriously, everyone in America should read this as a high school senior. It would have saved me A LOT of headaches (and embarrassment) if I had this book in high school or college. Even if you're a grown woman like me (I'm 37) you should read it for the laughs and nostalgia . . . and who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!
Like all Terry Pratchett books, the characters in Wee Free Men are fabulous. This book explains a lot about the Nac Mac Feegle, a Scottish-ish race of tiny blue warriors that pop up elsewhere in the Discworld books. They're hilarious, and the narrator does a great job navigating the different accents and names. As funny as the Feegle are, however, they don't outshine Tiffany Aching, the 9 yr old main character. To give you some perspective: If the Harry Potter universe ever bumped into the Discworld, Hermione Granger and Tiffany Aching would be friends. Tiffany is a fantastic role model: she's strong, smart, and honest with herself, and most of all, she's a realist.
Wee Free Men is full of puns, adventure, life lessons and clever writing, and ranks right up there with Terry Pratchett's books for adults. The book is a great read for anyone of any age, but I'd particularly recommend it for girls and young women.
Let me say right off the bat, I am not a fan of mysteries or "whodunnits". Even so, I loved this book, and I sincerely hope the author writes a few sequels. The premise of the story was intriguing, the setting was vivid the plot kept the intrigue up right until the end. The main characters were well-written but still left some questions open, and that's a good thing, since the ending leaves room for this to become a series. The narration was great and I had no trouble keeping track of the different characters. Also, it was really nice to read a book with a female main character that does NOT involve a love story anywhere along the line.
Overall, a great read. I'd highly recommend this one, especially to women.
It's clear that the author truly loves dogs, and that comes through in every chapter. She's probably a great trainer and I'm sure dogs adore her. This book is full of heartwarming stories and good advice on working with dogs. My only criticisms are
a) the author's southern drawl can get a little cloying after a while.
b) she often delivers personal (and obviously subjective) opinion as if it's scientific fact, sometimes contradicting other 'facts' that she's previously established.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and it's helped me be a better 'parent' to my dog. If you've never had a dog and are thinking of adopting one, you should read this book first.
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