When Ms Kingsolver chooses to wrap her agendas with a good story, she is one of my favorite authors. This book too, had it's interesting times when she talked about her garden, and her experiences throughout the year of self imposed food life. But she was way to preachy, much too preachy, preachy, preachy, preachy. Can I get an amen!
I may not know if a book is "Great" or not, but (refer to title). I liked this book, and I enjoy reading or listening to all of the Crais books. Sure, some I like more than others, but that just makes them seem more like individuals to me, as if a book were a being. Anyhow, I want to go on the record in support of Robert (do you go by Bob?) Crais narration on this book. I'm not absolutely positive, but this might be the only one of Bobs books I've listened to that had no mispronunciation of southern calif. place and/or street names. See, I like that too. Thank you Mr. Crais.
Yes, an adult recommended this book, I would even call this person very grown up (these titles not being equal in my opinion) and responsable. So I can only infer that our tastes are quite different. Therefore my review of this book and the small portion of the second in the series that I could force myself to listen to, is of course only my opinion. And we all know about opinions, and opinions are not like elbows.
I thought the book was childish to the point of a fourteen year olds daydream. The heroine, and all the rest of the characters were shallow and seemed to be only partly developed, again it felt like I was reading some adolescents daydream.
The narrator spoke in baby talk, I'm sorry I hate writing that, but that's what it felt like. Maybe the narrator felt she was telling the story to children, and maybe that's the whole problem I have with the book. It's a kids book. If you don't want to read a dopey kids book, use your credits on something else.
I enjoy the Walt Longmire series, but this time the the supernatural events in the story were stretched out a little too long for me. And Walt is starting to resemble some of the movie characters of California's most recent governor. That boy can sure take a lot of punishment. If this trend continues, I'm afraid Walt is going to turn into some kind of comic or cartoon character, and I'd much rather be able to relate to the character as the man.
You should save your money or credits and pick this book up at your local library. Sometimes a book is better read than listened to. This may be an example of that. From very early in the book I had the urge to fast forward, perhaps because it was so repetitive, or perhaps because the narrator droned the intire reading. Or at least he droned what I could stand to listen to, less than half the book. I'm not sure, but this book may have been more interesting if the authors had used fewer examples of dyslexic people and spent the time to flesh them out as characters that could have been more interesting. Oh yeah, and tell the narrator not to sound like he was reading from a junior college textbook.
Barbara Kingsolver is a fine writer, I read and listened to "the poisonwood bible" and enjoyed the book both times. I'd like to read, and enjoy it again sometime. However, this novel was boring, no, I mean I was bored by this novel. I couldn't possibly criticise the author since she is a successful writer, and I am not.
In this case perhaps the authors political emotions determined much more of the story than the plot she created. By the time I stopped listening (I could not finish the book), the main character seemed a two dimensional mouse of a man, and most of the other characters were incomplete caricatures of people. Perhaps it was the style of the book, perhaps it might have been Kingsolvers narration to some degree, but I gave up on it before I could finish the last of the third download. Probably my failure was the result of a character fault of my own.
LOL, I can't believe what a dope I am, I listened to both part one and two, and halfway through part three before I gave it up. This book is most likely the first in a trilogy, or worse (more than three). If you like to hear a very boring narrator recite the rules and beliefs of a made up religon, and a made up history of a planet, and a boring war, then read on. If your not sure, please listen to the sample first. If you can take Scott Brick's monotonous reading for more than ten minutes, you might like the story. But don't blame me if you lose interest well before I did. I feel kind of bad that I don't remember the names of narrators that I like, but I'll never forget the name Brick, and I'll never listen to another of his titles.
First of all, it's a bunch of short stories, using some of the same characters as narrator or whatever. Kind of like a Wambaugh book but without the cop humor. Although I like novels much more than short stories, I have read many that I enjoyed. But, these stories didn't flesh out or something, there was just something lacking that left me cold, or bored. At least the ones I listened to, since I couldn't finish it.
I'm sorry if this makes me mean and shallow, but I wasn't able to enjoy this book simply for the reason in the title. I think it was well written, and very well performed, and I really did try. But...
So if your a guy, and you get tired of the girl to girl dialog, and girlie description of male characters. Be warned.
I couldn't finish it, and I was listening to it while I was working on firewood. That's when the escape into a story is so great.
Crappy, sappy, girly ghost story. Boring.
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