Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer and I could have enjoyed this book except for the excessive swearing and graphic sex. The narration was excellent but after listening to the first part I decided not to listen to the next two parts as I suspected the swearing and graphic sexual descriptions would continue. Just preferred not to fill my mind with those words or thoughts. Unfortunately, I can't say that I felt my time was well spent listening to the first part since I couldn't make myself finish the book, plus I feel as though I've wasted a credit.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Ender series; however, I recognize those books are written more for adolescents than middle-aged adults.
Bronson Pinchot provided an excellent narration of this novel. At first, I thought the voices of his characters were somewhat annoying; however, as the story progressed I began to feel that they were exactly right. I was amazed at the number of different voices Mr. Pinchot managed to use to make each character unique.
I can't identify one specific moment within the novel that is most memorable. After the first couple of chapters I was thoroughly captivated.
There is a core group of characters that appealed to me and Mr. Pinchot gave each character a unique expression.
This was not a particularly emotional book - more an action novel. However, there were a number of times that the narrative did evoke an emotional reaction. The young girl in the novel has a humorous way of expressing herself.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this book and the book's plot, I doubt that I will listen to any other books in this series. Unfortunately, there were so many instances of profanity that I began to feel guilty about filling my mind with that particular language. I am able to tune out some profanity, but it was just too prolific in this book.
I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading this book; however, I can't imagine enjoying just reading it now that I've finished listening to the narration. The readers were absolutely perfect! They didn't just read the lines; they acted them as though they were on stage. I was easily immersed in the plot and could envision each of the characters. Although the book describes a period and place in history that is shameful, it isn't a depressing novel. You will be mesmerized.
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