SNOWFLAKE, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010
Why would you want to listen to this book? You may wonder if the story is too old school, not modern enough, or just one of those reads your teacher made you endure in school so she can say she taught you the classics.
Forget all of that and just buy the book! The story is a good story, one you can share with your kids- there is no cursing, no sex scenes, just a romping adventure that takes you from the entrance of a volcano to the center of the earth and back again.
Tim Curry gives the story life, gives the characters personality and makes this a story you will revisit through the years. His voice makes this a movie in your imagination
Take an evening with the kids, turn the lights down low in their room, plug in your ipod or MP3, turn up the speakers and start a tradition with your children they will never forget.
I Loved The Reader- she was fantastic! I liked the story also, didn't love it, but I liked it.
The language was very clean- language ratings are important to me and this is one the kids could listen to.
The story moves along quickly and has a good pace, lots of adventure. The main character is likeable, she does all the right things, but leaves wanting her to do it with a little more style and you are constantly waiting for her to make up her mind.
The author does a good job of making sure everything is tied up at the end with just enough intrigue to make you wonder how the second book will start and then evolve. I believe I will get the next book in the series just to listen to the reader- she really is that good.
A lot of my audio rating depends on language- I prefer it clean- and this one does NOT measure the test. If you are on a trip with kids, this one is not for their ears.
I found the concept of the story very interesting, I enjoyed the characters and thought the plot moved at a pretty good pace for a thriller novel. The story could have benefited, I felt from a little more background into what was the cause of the 'brilliant' phenomenon.
The reader was good, but I did not care for his performance, chalk it up to personal preference.
This is not an audio I would listen to again.
It is not often that I find a series that not only I enjoy, but my wife does as well. This is one of those rare finds!
The story moves at a good pace and there is enough action for the guys and enough intrigue and mystery for the ladies and who couldn't love a story where a female assassin comes out on top?
There are plenty of plot twists, romantic encounters, witty dialogue, and the language is clean and the relationships......complicated and continually developing. There is no sex, no outrageous descriptions and I found that this book did not need those distractions. It is a solid story. My wife, and I, are both anxiously awaiting the sequel.
We recommended the audio to our daughter in law and now she texts us daily with updates of where she is in the story. Any book that helps build a relationship with your wife and your daughter-in-law is a hit in my book.
The reader is spot on- she has a innocent voice that adjusts in all the right places and there was no problem distinguishing characters.
By comparison, the story is similar in many ways to the Ryeria series.
Spend the credit, enjoy the story, it is a good ride!
Who knew Math had personality?
Ok,I admit I am a history junkie, especially when the story is told in an interesting, factual way. If my math teachers in High School and College has shared some the history in this book as background material for algebra and calculus, I would have certainly paid more attention and would have found the subject much more interesting.
This story makes the numbers on the page come alive, and they tell a fascinating story- rivals, feuds, discoveries, court intrigue, intelligence, jealousy- its all there.
The story is factual and informative, the pace is good, the length is just about right, and the reader is solid. The narrator has a nice voice, a 'math' voice and tells the story with a tone that keeps you interested in learning what is behind the next corner, or the next decimal.
If you like factual history, this is a story for you. If you like to know things like how ideas evolved, the struggles early inventors and mathematicians faced in revealing details like the earth revolving around the sun, which went against current beliefs (ever feel like taking on a Pope?) then this is an audio you will enjoy.
Is the book worth a credit? Yes and I would listen to this story again at the right time. This is also an audio I would use with my family on a short road trip, to spark their interest in math, physics and astronomy.
One deal breaker for me in audios is language and sex. Authors who use excessive profanity, in my mind lack imagination and loose something in their story telling. Same with sex scenes that are overly descriptive and drawn out.
Nothing like that in this story, it will stimulate your mind and your imagination.
I admit I am a history junkie and this is one of those rare books that places you at the actual spot where the historical event occurred. You have a front row seat. The script is from the actual debates as they occurred and were reported.
These debates were critical in American History because they addressed head on, the issue of slavery and the arguments, pro and con, used in these debates became the talking points on both sides of the issue.
Richard Dreyfuss turns in a stellar performance as 'the little general', Steven Douglas. He has just the right tone that makes you listen to his arguments while wondering how Lincoln would respond.
This is not a story, it is a series of debates and there are really only two voices.
If you like your history reported the way it really was, this audio is for you.
If you like your history straight and without commentary, get this audio.
This audio is more history and information than entertainment
I started this book on a flight to Hawaii during the Christmas season and a couple of hours into it and I was convinced I had wasted a credit. Slept the rest of the flight. A couple of weeks after getting home I was visiting with some teenagers I worked with at church and this book came up. I couldn't believe what they were saying. They LOVED the story.
Now I admit that this made me curious as to what I might have missed- these were all solid kids- so I decided to re-visit the story and boy, am I glad I did! This has become one of my favorite series and the first book sets a good stage.
Sanderson has created a world where metal provides power, not by spending it, but by ingesting it and different metals produce different results. The characters are deep and you get attached to them quickly. And then there is the reader.
Michael Kramer is a fantastic reader- you hang on every word he reads. He gives the characters personality, makes the story come to life and the story is a good story.
Sanderson does not need a lot of sex to sell his stories (there are no parts of this book you could not share with your children), his stories stand on their own. The language is clean, descriptive and vibrant, but there is no filth in this book.
Let your mind enter the world he creates and associate with some characters that really are characters and you will find that the credit you invested will entertain and uplift you.
I would recommend the book because it is fast paced, interesting, and is not predicatble. There are suprises around every corner.
The Hunger Game Series is very similar.
I liked all of them.
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